Everyone has a different reason for why they volunteer. Many are looking for a way to give back to their community, others may be looking to add excitement to their lives. Still others may be searching for the camaraderie that the fire service is famous for. Whatever your motivation you will find it and much more as a member of the PWFD.
Are there any benefits?
Yes! While PWFD members are not paid there are many tangible rewards for serving.
- 10% Property Tax Exemption (Save $863/year, Nassau County Average*)
- Pension through LOSAP (up to $800/month)
- Firefighter Tuition Assistance Program for College (up to $1,995 per semester**)
- Free training (Firefighter 1 / EMT-B)
- Free gym usage
- Free annual physical
- Free life insurance
- Free turnout gear and Class-A uniform
Whats expected of me?
As a new member you’ll be expected to make a certain number of work and fire/EMS points. You gain points every time you attend a weekly work-night or go to a fire/EMS call. The required number of points varies averages out to a 4-5 hour of commitment per week. After a two year probationary period the point requirements are relaxed. In addition to attending work-nights and going to emergencies you’ll need to complete your required firefighter or EMS training.
Whats the required training?
As a volunteer with the PWFD your training is completely free. Many members go on to serve as professional firefighters or EMTs with the training provided by the PWFD.
Firefighters must complete both the primaries and essentials of firefighting courses given by the Nassau County Fire Service Academy. The training is offered every summer one night a week for twelve weeks or in a two week “combo course.”
EMTs must complete the EMT-B course provided by the Nassau County VEEB. The course meets two nights a week for six-months. After completing the course PWFD members will have the opportunity to take the New York State EMT-B exam.
Ready to Volunteer?
Fill out the form on the right hand side and a PWFD representative get in touch with you.
* 2009 Average According to NYPost
** 2011-2012 Academic Year