Don’t just live in your community, Help Protect It!
Did you know that your local fire company is made up entirely of volunteers? Every day, people just like your gear up to protect our community from fires, accidents, and hazardous material incidents.
Flagtown Fire Department has always been 100% Volunteer, all of the time. However, just because we are not paid does not mean that there are not any benefits to joining. Becoming a member of the Fire Company also has many benefits:
Length Of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) – Similar to a 401k plan. Currently the Township will contribute $1,200 per year to any member who maintains a passing participation percentage and attends a (free) yearly medical exam.
Yearly stipend for fire call assistance, not to exceed $599.
Life insurance benefits.
Local, state and national training opportunities.
Uniforms, firefighting turnout gear, personal protection equipment and training will be provided at no cost.
Enrollment in the Hillsborough Fire District Discount Program. The program offers special promotions and discounts to members at local businesses with proper proof of ID as a Hillsborough firefighter.
College Tuition Credit – Hillsborough Township is enrolled in the Volunteer Tuition Credit Program. The program provides financial assistance to members of the fire company in the amount of $600 per year with a maximum of $2,400.
Active Member (Age 18+) All members will begin a 6 month probationary period and be provided basic firefighting knowledge and training prior to entering the fire academy. Candidates who have already completed firefighter 1 will still be placed on probationary status and tested on his/her skills and knowledge of the fire service. The responsibilities of an active firefighter are to attend at least 6 monthly meetings, respond to fire calls, engage in fighting fires, participate in monthly drills and assist with weekly firehouse maintenance.
Junior Members (Age 16-17) Junior Firefighters will be provided basic fire service knowledge and training in order to prepare the member to become a probationary firefighter and enter into the fire academy following his/her 18th birthday. The responsibilities of a Junior Firefighter is to attend at least 6 monthly meetings, respond to the firehouse for fire calls, participate in monthly drills and assist firefighters on-scene but will not engage in fighting fire.
Associate Member (Age 18+) An associate member will be responsible for attending at least 6 monthly meetings, assist with administrative tasks and attend fundraisers held by the Fire Company or Ladies Auxiliary.
Are you interested but don’t know where to start? Come to the firehouse during our weekly training on Thursday nights between 7:00-9:00pm and see what we are all about. We were all new members once and remember what it is like to get started. The hardest part is walking through the door, so stop by the firehouse on Thursday night and give it a try!