The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company is looking for dedicated men and women who are interested in becoming firefighters to help safeguard their community.
Company spokesman Warren Jones said there are many roles to fill, from junior members, ages 15-18, to active firefighters 18 and older. He said volunteer membership advantages include state pension benefit, lower cellphone fees, state income tax credit, workers’ compensation, life insurance, yearly awards banquets, free surf-fishing licenses, firefighter automobile license plates, scholarships, immunizations, free training, and equipment and gear.
In addition to the benefits, Jones said volunteering offers an opportunity for a new career. He said a number of the company’s firefighters have parlayed skills learned into other public safety fields, working as career firefighters, career EMTs and paramedics, police officers and other branches of law enforcement, 911 dispatchers, fire inspectors, fire marshals, fire school instructors, public safety educators and more.
Jones said people may be able to help even if they’re in their 30s, 40s, 50s or older. If they’re physically fit, can pass a background check and are willing to spend some time training, they may qualify to become members, he said.
“Let’s talk – what have you got to lose?” said Jones, adding the most important benefit volunteers receive is the sense of belonging to and being part of a great organization. “We are people who pride ourselves on serving this community. We work together as a team to deliver emergency services to people who are dearly in need. Firefighters are unique individuals who enjoy an unparalleled brother- and sister-hood relationship. We make a difference in people’s lives, as you can make a difference in your own life by joining us and serving. There is no greater gift! We work hard and we train hard, but we also have fun.”
For more information or to sign up, go to rehobothbeachfire.com.