Local fire departments looking for volunteers

With 2020 right around the corner, why not consider a new year’s resolution that will impact your life and the lives of others?

The following is a release from the Firefighters of Gloucester Township:

Tis the season for eating good food, spending time with family and friends and setting resolutions for the new year. With 2020 right around the corner, why not consider a new year’s resolution that will impact your life and the lives of others?

Volunteering with your local fire department is a great way to start the new year. The need for volunteers has never been greater, and there are a number of ways to make a difference as a team member of the Firefighters of Gloucester Township.

The Firefighters of Gloucester Township are comprised of four local fire companies: Blenheim, Chews Landing, Erial and Glendora. Our volunteers serve in a number of positions, each designed to help keep citizens safe.

Is volunteering right for you? Check out the ways you can contribute:

  • Volunteer Firefighter – Among our greatest need is that for volunteer firefighters. Training and equipment is free. As a volunteer firefighter, you will learn how to respond to emergencies, help protect property and save lives. Volunteer firefighters must be at least 18 years old.
  • Junior Firefighter – Junior firefighters must be at least 16 years old, and will be trained to assists firefighters at the scene of an emergency. Training and equipment is free. Becoming a junior firefighter is a great way to perform community service, and the experience makes an excellent mention on college applications.
  • Volunteer Associate Member – Individuals who are interested in volunteering, but do not want to answer fire calls or assist at the scene of emergencies, can take this route. Volunteer associate members must be at least 18. They are trained to handle business vital to the operation of the volunteer fire companies, including fundraising, recruitment and retention, logistics and accounting.
  • Ladies Auxiliary Member – Becoming an auxiliary member is a great way to meet new people and volunteer. Auxiliary members organize special events and fundraisers throughout the year. Must be 18 years old to serve as an auxiliary member.

“Volunteering to save lives in this township in 2020 will be one of the best decisions you will ever make,” Recruitment and Retention Chair and Glendora Fire Chief Michael Ricciardelli said. “The opportunity to serve the community, and to form bonds with other members of the fire department, will be life changing.”

Go to FirefightersofGloucesterTwp.org to start 2020 the best way you can. Firefighting is our passion. Volunteering is our tradition. Make it yours.