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Volunteer training

Ask any volunteer firefighter what motivated them to join and chances are you’ll get varying responses.

For some, it’s the adrenaline rush of fighting and beating a treacherous blaze. For others, it’s all about serving and helping their community, or the sense of belonging they receive from being with other likeminded individuals.

Perhaps the biggest reward — and one that makes all the training and sacrifice worthwhile — is knowing that you have been able to help and comfort someone during their time of need.

Depending upon the department that you join, additional benefits may include:

  • Property tax offsets
  • Admittance to the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP), which provides monthly income payable during retirement years, as well as a disability and death benefits.
  • Life insurance plans
  • The chance to learn lifetime skills such as knot tying, how to run power tools, climb ladders, which fire extinguisher to use, as well as other safe fire habits
  • Education scholarships and partnerships with Schenectady County Community College’s (fire science program)
  • Discounted/free fire hall and picnic facility rentals
  • Free health checkups
  • Sense of family knowing that the person next to you will always have your back during a crisis

For detailed benefits, speak with the recruitment coordinator at your local volunteer fire department.