BECOMING A CALL FIREFIGHTER
There is a long tradition in Acushnet of on-call firefighters serving the community. Originally the Department was staffed fully by volunteers, transitioning to paid-on-call firefighters and then career firefighters were added.
Today there is career staff on-duty 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. They are backed up by on-call members and also by career firefighters who are off-duty.
The Acushnet Fire & EMS Department is actively recruiting paid-on-call firefighters to help protect their community. Paid-on-call firefighters join the fire department for chances to contribute to the community and learn new skills, for the opportunity to save lives, and camaraderie. Many are future career firefighters honing their skills while waiting for a full time position. Others come from the community with the united mission to make a difference in the community they serve.
Our call firefighters respond to incidents based upon the nature of the call. Each member is provided structural firefighting gear and a pager for responses to an incident directly from their home or place of employment. Call firefighters also cover either day or night shifts not worked by our fulltime members.
The primary responsibilities of this position include:
- Respond quickly and safely around-the-clock to emergency calls to protect and save lives and property through effective rescue and firefighting work;
- Drive and operate firefighting and emergency equipment;
- Respond to non-emergency calls to perform fire prevention and education activities;
- Attend regular mandatory training sessions;
- Maintain equipment and facilities; and
- Perform other duties as required.
Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
- High school graduate or equivalent;
- Be 18 years of age on appointment date;
- Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license;
- Pass a criminal background check
- Pass pre-employment medical and drug screen;
- Be physically fit and capable to perform strenuous work under adverse conditions;
- Successfully complete the Massachusetts Fire Academy Call/Volunteer Firefighter Training Program; within one (1) year of conditional employment and
- Ability to regularly respond to emergency and non-emergency service calls within a five (5) minute travel time to an Acushnet Fire Station.
Acushnet will be hosting a Firefighter Recruitment Open House on August 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Acushnet Fire Station #1.
If you are interested in becoming a firefighter, please click on the links provided for more information.