Volunteering for Stony Hill Fire, Rescue and EMS is described as exhilarating and rewarding. Many members have built their careers from our family. If you love life and love to help this is the place for you.
SHFD accepts junior members starting at the age of 16. As a junior member you learn this life by “doing”, it begins with the 911 call and finishes with “job well done guys”. You learn how the “fire ground” is setup and how the “incident command” structure works. You understand what each piece of equipment does such as “The Jaws of Life” and how it functions. When you gear up and jump onto the truck, lights and sirens going, you arrive and the officer states “on scene” over the radio. That’s when the adrenaline starts pumping; you do what you have been training for. The commanding officer yells to you “start setting up equipment”, you know what to do. You set up and start handing tools and equipment as needed. As time permits you start changing out the SCBA air tanks as FF prepare to reenter. You glance over to the on lookers and see them watching in awe at what you do as a volunteer. The reward of saving a life and a home is beyond words.
Once you decided this is for you and you turn 18 you will start to prepare yourself to fight the fire from within. It will take 150 hours of schooling, both classroom and fighting mock fires.
On the EMS side (Emergency Medical Service) you start off by riding along to learn the ropes. Understanding how scene management is setup and how safety is number one. Watching the marriage of EMS and Fire/Rescue as they work seamlessly together on a MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident). Understand how care is given to help a neighbor in trouble. Now you understand what Team Work is.
As a member of SHFD EMS you will need to train as a Medical Response Technician (MRT) or up through Paramedic level if you so choose. Many Stony Hill members that have taken this training turned it into a career. Some members have continued on to become ER doctors. The sky’s the limit.
Stony Hill Fire requires that you live within a 3 mile radius of the Fire house. There is an application process and a multi-state background check. Once cleared you will meet with the officers for an interview. If excepted members are required to have an annual physical conducted by the towns supported provider.
If this life sounds exciting just give us a call or stop by any Monday Night around 7 PM. Hope to see you there.
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