The Central Fire District Needs You
By: Megan Boatwright
KIFI Local News 8 – Idaho Falls, ID
January 31, 2008
If you’ve ever had an itch to run a fire truck, this is the story for you. The Central Fire District is putting the word out for new volunteers. The Fire Chief and Assistant Chief are the only full-time staff at the Central Fire District, which means the first responders are voluneers. Without enough people, fires and other medical emergencies go unanswered for a longer period of time.
Learning to operate fire trucks, water hoses and basic emergency medical skills are some of the valuable things you can learn by volunteering your time.
The District is looking for people with enough job flexibility that they can stop everything and respond to calls immediately.
The need is greatest in Lewisville, Ririe and Menan. In Lewisville they are particularly low on fire and emergency medical technicians. Throughout the whole district there is a need for reliable daytime volunteers. If you are at home during the day, own your own business or have an understanding employer, you are the kind of person the District is looking for.
The District Fire Chief said he has worked several different jobs; and the years he spent with the fire department are by far the most rewarding.
“The people that you go out on are people that you know,” said Fire Chief Jim Deuel. “They’re people that you go to church with, people that you work with, people that you talk to across the fence. They’re those same folks, and it’s really satisfying to be able to help your neighbors.”
Central District provides all the necessary training for fire volunteers, and some training for emergency medical technicians. Volunteers are considered pay for call, which means that they are paid $12/hour when on call. In addition to that there is some compensation for training hours.
If you want to become a volunteer you can visit the Central Fire District Office in Rigby. The address is 397 North, 3950 East. They can also be reached by calling their office at 745-6003. You have to live in the district where you volunteer. To start the process all you have to do is fill out an application, take a physical agility test, have a valid Idaho driver’s license, and pass a background test.