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    Carbondale & Rural Fire
    Protection District

 

 

Non-Emergency Phone:
(970) 963-2491
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Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District holds monthly Membership Meetings on the second Monday of each month.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District values diversity in the workplace. Men and women of all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious and political affiliation, national origin and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To apply, please contact us for an application form. The application should be completed in full. We may wish to contact you by mail, telephone, email and/or in person. It is your responsibility to make sure contact information is correct and current. Except to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities, committee members or fire district staff cannot complete or change any information on the application. Any changes must be made by the applicant in person or through signed written communication. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned.

Important Facts to Consider  
Time commitment. Volunteering with CRFPD requires a very significant time commitment on the applicant’s part. All volunteers who are applying to be a part of the Fire or EMS crew at Station 81 will be asked to identify a specific block of time each month for “On Duty” shifts. Typically this is an average of 4 shifts per month between 8 and 12 hours each shift. Training, including the New Member Academy, Firefighter 1 Course, and regular monthly trainings will add to these hours. Members are required to attend a monthly membership meeting and may be frequently asked to help out with community events. Meeting such time requirements needs a significant commitment on the part of the applicant and their family/significant others. We strongly encourage that the applicant think about the time commitment in terms of their families and/or significant other to ensure that they have their support and understanding.

It is not a glamorous job. Participation in the Fire/MS services is not necessarily for everyone. The work is physically strenuous, emotionally challenging and high stress at times. Service providers have to deal with extremely dirty and noisy work environments and are exposed to unsightly and disturbing sights on a regular basis. The rewarding aspects of the service is the knowledge of a job well done, having the ability to help someone in need and often having made a difference in someone’s life. It is often a thankless job with few tangible rewards, a lot of training and little recognition. You need to ask yourself “is this for me?”

Membership Categories  
Suppression – The Suppression category applies to applicants who are certified as Firefighter I or higher. Firefighters active in the Suppression category will be expected to perform all aspects of firefighting encompassed within their level of certification.

Technician – The Technician category applies to applicants who are certified as Colorado EMT-Basic or higher. EMTs or Paramedics active in the Technician category will be expected to perform all aspects of EMS encompassed within their level of certification and the Colorado EMT Functional Job Description.

Support – The Support category applies to members who request to be support personnel as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook.

EMS – Volunteer applicants who are participating in an EMT certification course at the time of application will (if accepted) be assigned to the Support category until they receive their Colorado EMT certification. At that time, the volunteer may be assigned to the Technician category.

Fire – Volunteer applicants who are participating in a Firefighter I course at the time of application will (if accepted) be assigned to the Support category until they receive their Colorado Firefighter I certification. At that time, the volunteer may be assigned to the Suppression category.

Applicants who do not possess a current Fire or EMT certification may be put on a waiting list until the District holds its next new member academy or Firefighter I course. Applicants who meet all other new member requirements will be contacted at that time regarding the start of the academy or course.

For more information or an application, please contact Kat Bernat  bernat@carbondalefire.org or Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin  rgoodwin@carbondalefire.org . You may also call us at 970-963-2491.