Does the South Media Fire Company have any paid firefighters?
No, all of our members are unpaid volunteers. That includes our firefighters, officers, and administrative staff.
What shifts do you work?
We don't have set shifts that we work. We all have pagers (or iPhone apps) that alert us when there's an incident that requires our help. We could be eating dinner, at work, out buying groceries, or at home sleeping when the call comes in. We'll report to the station, get our gear, and respond to the emergency from there. Because there's no guarantee that we'll all be available at any given time, it's critical to have as many members from the community as possible.
For our fully trained interior firefighters (ProBoard Fire 1 as minimum), we do have shifts serving as the Duty Engine for the 6th Fire District approximately 3-4 times per month.
How much training is involved?
We have drill every Monday night from 7 PM until about 9 PM, and cover a large variety of topics over the course of the year. We have a fully hands on additional training each Sunday from 9 AM until 1 PM, which usually involves specific Engine and Rescue operations training including advancing hose lines, drafting, forcible entry, low angle rescue, water rescue, and responding to electrical and gas emergencies.
The Firefighter I certification consists of:
Introduction to the Fire Service - 16 hours
Hazardous Materials Awareness - 4 hours
Fire Ground Support - 34 hours
Exterior Firefighter - 52 hours
Hazardous Materials Operations - 24 hours
First Aid / CPR - 8 hours
Interior Firefighter - 44 hours
Firefighter I certification exam - 10 hours
The Vehicle Rescue certification consists of:
Vehicle Rescue Awareness - 24 hours
Vehicle Rescue Operations - 20 hours
Most fire school classes are held at either the Montgomery County Fire Academy or the Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center.
Do I have to pay for fire school?
No, we cover all of your training expenses. Members who wish to be active will be encouraged to take classes that are suited to their ability level as well as their interest.