On Saturday, April 9, 2016, about 60 fire departments throughout Connecticut will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016). Redding Fire & EMS Company No. 1 will be among them, hosting a recruitment meet-and-greet, at the Redding Ridge Fire Station, 186 Black Rock Turnpike, in Redding. The event will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Officers and members of the department will be on-hand to discuss the broad spectrum of opportunities available to our neighbors to help the community as fire company members.
The department accepts members as young as 16 years of age, with parental consent. Junior members interested in firefighting or emergency medicine are required to adhere to strict safety and academic standards.
The fire company is a small business, comprised of professionals who donate their time and talent. While we specialize in protecting the life and property of our town, we need the talent and skills typical of any small business. Many join the company to serve in an administrative capacity, then move on to volunteer in an operational capacity; while many do not. We welcome with open arms all of our neighbors with a desire to give back to their community.
Eighty percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon, as well as support personnel such as fire police, administrative assistants, and more.
Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout Connecticut. A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for 15 Connecticut fire departments. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.