continued The BVFC has a great need for individuals who can volunteer time during the day when there is a critical shortage of responders and welcomes shift workers, permanent night workers and others who can help out during this time.
“Stop by and visit with one of our firefighters,” Perkins said. “You might be surprised at what you can offer us.”
The BVFC is also seeking individuals interested in the medical side of the organization.
“Many of our calls are emergency medical type situations and we are always looking for people to supplement this important side of the fire company,” Perkins said.
In addition to the standard fire services provided, the BVFC also sponsors a junior fire department and a RAM program. The junior’s are made up of individuals 13 to 16 years of age.
“We teach all aspects of firefighting and fire prevention and prepare them to advance to the RAM program,” Perkins said. “Restricted Active Members (RAM) get involved in more active fire-fighting duties although they are not involved in live fire situations. It is a training program that introduces individuals to a more advanced program so that when they reach the age of 18 they are ready to be firefighters.”
The BVFC is comprised of about 85 active members protecting approximately 28 square miles including the entire village of Baldwinsville, a major part of the town of Van Buren and part of the town of Lysander.
“We a responsible for the life safety of approximately 15,000 residents and average around 800 calls per year,” Perkins said.
The BVFC can use people from all walks of life.
“Our recruitment is not limited to only those people who want to enter a burning building to extinguish a fire,” Perkins said. “We are in need of support people as well as firefighters. Perhaps you have a skill that we can use. Stop by our open house and tell us what you may have to offer and we can find a place for you.”