How to join the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department
Who can join the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department:
The Fire Department is always looking for male or female volunteers. You must be at least 16 years of age and a resident of Secaucus to join the Fire Department
How do I Join The Secaucus Fire Department:
The first step in joining the fire department is to fill out a brief application. As part of the process the recruiting/training officer will contact you to answer any questions you may have, and provide you with expectations as a volunteer.
The Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department values diversity in the workplace. Men and Woman of all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious and political affiliation, and national origin, all are encouraged to apply.
Important Facts to Consider
Time commitment: Volunteering with any station in Secaucus requires a very significant time commitment on the applicant’s part. Training at one of the Fire Academies and at the station which will add to these hours. Members are required to attend meetings, and will frequently be 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.
Training:All members of the Secaucus Fire Department must attend a State Certified Fire Academy and complete the Firefighter I Course. All active members of the department also attend continuing education courses, including Firefighting Safety, Firefighter II, CPR, and the Incident Command System (ICS).
Department members continue to attend in-house hands-on training such as Vehicle Extraction, Driver Training, and Tower Ladder Operations to expand their knowledge and keep abreast of new trends.
It is not a glamorous job: Participation in the Fire service in not necessarily for everyone. Depiction of the fire service on television; though often based on real life situations, are not an accurate portrayal of what one necessarily does or observes in the Fire Service. The work can be physically strenuous, emotionally challenging, and can be high stress at times. 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 if “this is for you?”