Getting involved with a 100% volunteer fire company like West Bradford Fire Company is an incredibly rewarding way to make a positive contribution to your community.
There are many ways to volunteer to support the WBFC.
1.) Volunteer to be a firefighter.
2.) Volunteer to be a driver.
3.) Volunteer to be Fire Police.
4.) Volunteer to be part of the auxiliary.
5.) Volunteer to coordinate or support fundraising efforts.
6.) Volunteer to clean or maintain the grounds, station, or apparatus.
7.) Volunteer to offer help with any of the skills and time you possess.
There is literally something for everyone to get involved with. There are many benefits to volunteering also, here are 10 benefits of volunteering;
#10: It's good for you: Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:
Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.
#9: It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements. A 2013 report by the National Fire Protection Association estimates that the monetary value of donated time from volunteer firefighters is $139.8 billion.
#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.
You can test out a career.
#7: It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in:
Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal. Building camaraderie and teamwork
#6: It promotes personal growth and self esteem.
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
#5: Volunteering strengthens your community.
As a volunteer you help: Your neighbors, friends, family, co-workers, and whole community.
#4: You learn a lot. Volunteers learn things like these:
Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.
#3: You get a chance to give back.
People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.
#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.
#1: You make a difference. Every person counts!
Becoming a firefighter is not something that everyone can undertake. Volunteer firefighting takes a great deal of physical stamina and mental strength to make this kind of commitment. You’ll be expected to keep a clear head in life-or-death situations and maintain your composure when assisting traumatic events like auto accident injuries and fatalities without becoming disabled by stress. You will also be required to put yourself in extremely dangerous situations, such as going into burning buildings, crawling through tight spaces and entering other hazardous environments.
Becoming a member of a volunteer fire department doesn't just mean you have to become a firefighter. There are the many other functions and responsibilities mentioned above that you can volunteer to help with that are an important part of running a volunteer fire department.
Whatever capacity you choose to become involved in with WBFC, it will most likely be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Please contact us for more information, we will be more than happy to help you realize your volunteer goals at WBFC.