Ways you can help!
FIREFIGHTING May Not Be For Everyone, But VOLUNTEERING Can Be!
…been in a situation where someone was hurt and you wanted to step in and help?
…seen an accident and wanted to assist the people involved?
…tried to make new friends that share your interests?
…wanted to get more involved in the community you were living in?
If you said YES to any of the above, you should consider joining the Wissahickon Fire Company. There are many benefits of membership including training/education, lifelong friendship and community involvement – just to name a few! There are a number of different roles a person can play within the company and each job helps us create a safe community for our families. Not everyone is a firefighter. Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages. There is something for everyone at WFC:
- FIREFIGHTER: 18 years or older. Men and women who work hard to fight fires, rescue people, save property, and do a lot of training. Firefighters may progress to become driver/operators of the apparatus and officers that lead fire crews and provide emergency incident command.
- FIRE POLICE: Must be 21 yeas or older. Fire Police provide safety and security to the fire crews. Fire Police direct traffic around the emergency scene, assist motorists and provide crowd control. Good public relation skills are a MUST.
- JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER: 16 or 17 years of age and have a valid work permit. Must maintain “C’s” or better in ALL school subjects. Junior members are firefighters-in-training. Learning is the primary responsibility of Junior Firefighters. Child labor laws limit the types of tasks a Junior Firefighter can perform. Junior Firefighters ride on fire apparatus and participate in fire company operations, providing support during emergencies such as accountability and bringing equipment where it is needed, and participating in exterior firefighting operations. Supervision is provided at all times.
- SUPPORT ROLES: Not everyone has to run into a burning building to be helpful. There are plenty of non-firefighting roles available. We need Photographers and Videographers who are interested in recording Company efforts on the emergency scenes and at Company events. There is also a lot of behind-the-scenes work that must be done to keep the fire company running. We have administrative officers (membership, financial, etc.) that keep our records straight; committees for raising funds, grant writing, maintaining and updating our website, working on computers, organizing events, maintaining our facilities and keeping our organization running; fire safety and prevention education; and many other opportunities. If you have a skill or talent that you think we could utilize, let us know!
As mentioned above, all firefighters are required to complete basic fire training upon becoming active members. All training, uniforms, and on-duty insurance coverage is provided at no cost. In-house training courses and drills are held regularly, as well as at the county, state and national level in all areas of fire/rescue. The possibilities are limited only by your desire to learn. But the experiences and rewards of being a Wissahickon firefighter will last your entire life. So why not join our emergency services family today. Call (215) 646-1266 for more info or fill out the application and bring it by the fire station on a Monday night. What are you waiting for? JOIN TODAY!
DONATIONS: If you can’t give of your time and talents, you can still help the Company through your donations. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. There are operational costs for the services we provide, and we do not bill people when there is a fire or rescue emergency. We realize that many organizations ask for money these days. We are your local fire company and family, and your donations help protect you, and your family, friends and community. Please Help Us to Help You!
Volunteering with the Wissahickon Fire Company has many rewards – the satisfaction of helping others; making a real difference in your community; learning new skills; and forming new bonds and friendships with team members. But there are many other benefits provided, including:
- Personal Protective Equipment – All required PPE is provided free of charge.
- Free Training; National and State Certifications – All required training is provided free of charge.
- Free Uniforms – Dress and Station uniforms are provided free of charge (dress shirt and shoes excluded).
- Initial physical and Hepatitis Vaccinations
- Accidental Death & Disability Insurance – provides insurance benefits in case of injury or death directly attributable to Company activities (Line of Duty Death).
- Life Insurance – providing additional insurance for active members.
- Police and Fire Federal Credit Union (PFFCU) Membership Eligibility
- Local Area Business Discounts – Several area merchants provide discounts to members of the fire company.
- Worker’s Compensation – provides prescribed benefits in case of injury or death directly attributable to Company activities (Line of Duty Death).
- Employment Protection – Volunteers cannot be terminated from their regular employment because of tardiness or absences caused by the volunteer responding to a fire prior to the time they were supposed to report to work.
- Use of Facilities – Firefighter lounges, exercise equipment, banquet hall and social club.
- Social Events – The Company offers various social events to its members, including an Annual Banquet, Holiday Party, Rib Night, and others.
- Special License Plate – Members are eligible for a special PA license plate.
- Federal and State Line of Duty Death (LODD) Benefits – Federal and State death benefits; funeral expenses; children’s PA college expenses.