Frequently Asked Questions
How much time does it take to become a volunteer?
It varies from week to week, but on the average you’ll put in seven or eight hours per month. Many volunteers enjoy putting in more time.
What will my training cost?
It will cost you nothing. Thousands of dollars of valuable career training will be made available to you free of charge.
How long do I have to train before I can make a genuine contribution?
You can start making a real difference right away! And your responsibilities will increase as you gain experience and training. Most volunteers say they feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in helping their community, as well as increased confidence in themselves and their abilities. Studies have shown these attributes reflect directly on the quality of their work on the job.
Will there be any out-of-pocket expenses?
None at all. Your uniform, equipment – even your annual physical – will all be provided to you for free.
How do I get started?
Just call the the Pike County Training Center at (570) 296-1960 or visit our web site at www.pikesbravest.org to learn all you need to know about becoming a fire or ems responder. It’s that simple.
What are the basic requirements?
The basic requirements are simple. To enlist as a fully qualified Firefighter, volunteers must be:
• 14 years of age or older (*)
• In good physical health.
• Of sound moral character.
There are some “givens” too. You should definitely be:
• Caring and community minded
• A team player
• The type of person who enjoys a challenge and likes to learn and acquire new skills
(*) Most local departments accept applicants if they are 14 years or older. However, a parent’s signature is required if you are under 18 years of age.