Thank you for considering application for
membership to the Hinckley Fire Department. There are some things
you should know about becoming a firefighter or Emergency Medical
Technician with us.
This is a very rewarding way of serving your community. Did you know that volunteer and paid-on-call fire departments save Americans $37.2 BILLION dollars each year?¹ Did you know that 73% of firefighters in America are volunteers?² You can join this elite group right here.
What We Will Expect from You
If you are accepted, you have basically taken on a part-time job. There will be responsibilities and expectations you will need to understand. Some of these are:
>Attend monthly business meetings.
>Attend monthly training sessions.
>Participate in community education and outreach activities, including fundraising.
>Actively participate in your career advancement.
>Participate in helping your friends in neighbors in their moment of greatest need, at any hour of the day or night, in all types of weather.
What You Can Expect from Us
>We will train you to do your job safely, effectively, and properly.
>You will be given the appropriate protective clothing and tools for your job.
>You will be given opportunities to train with other firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians around the area.
>You will have the opportunity to train for a rewarding and satisfying career.
Not everyone who joins is looking for a career change. We have members who are nurses, salespeople, electricians, self-employed, heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and business owners. There are some members who are actively pursuing a career in emergency services. You will get out of it what you put into it.
Your community needs your help. Without our volunteer members, the taxes needed to support a career department would force most people in this area from their homes. Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter or emergency medical technician? There is only one way to find out: take a chance.
Click here to download your application. Complete it and mail it to the address on the top of the form.
SOME OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW....
The Hinckley Fire Department is a paid-on-call fire department. Firefighters and EMTs are paid an hourly wage for calls and training.
We will train you to do your job. In most cases, much of the training will take place here in Hinckley. In some cases, especially for EMT and paramedic classes, the training will take place elsewhere. We will pay for tuition for these classes.
Our residency rules have changed. Persons living more than 5 miles from the fire station will be required to spend three 8-12 hour shifts at the station each month. Please call for more information if this includes you.
If you have questions or need more information, please send an email or call 815-286-7711.
¹Economic impact of the volunteer fire service project .National Volunteer Fire Council Foundation, Washington, DC, May 2004
²U.S. Fire Department Profile Through 2003. National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Massachusetts, October, 2003.