Fire Department Recruitment
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: none at this time
If you would like to explore a membership opportunity in fire or EMS services with FDMH, please fill out a membership application. Drop completed applications off at the fire station Monday-Friday 8 - 4:30PM. Applications are reviewed every two months by a membership committee. Please be patient, as the process may take several months to complete. We are currently at a maximum level of staffing and holding most applications for membership. Generally, after application review, an interview is scheduled and a background check is performed.
You may apply for membership prior to taking classes and be "associated" with the department for classroom purposes. You are responsible for paying for the class and may be eligible for full reimbursement following a commitment to membership. Firefighters must train to Firefighter II level within three years. Emergency Medical Technician's (EMT's) must become EMT certified but are encouraged to become Advanced EMT certified.
Firefighters and EMTs are handled differently regarding hours of commitment to the department and eligibility for reimbursement. Firefighters must remain in "good standing" for one year to be eligible for reimbursement. 36 hours of training must be recorded and response to calls as available are necessary to remain in "good standing." Training is provided by the fire department on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month from 7PM until completion. Attending training will ensure you meet training requirements. There is no pay offered by the fire department for being a member, members are volunteer only.
EMTs must commit to running shifts at least twice the hour requirements of the class to be eligible for reimbursement. For example, EMT-Basic class is comprised of 180 hours of classwork, meaning the requirements for reimbursements are commitment to 360 hours of shift-work on an ambulance. Generally, EMTs are assigned an ambulance crew and meet hour requirements through shift assignments. Ambulance crews run the same night each week (trades are allowed should an issue arise) or have some commitment to weekends, usually running a weekend shift every 8 weeks. EMTs must record 18 hours of training annually to remain in "good standing." EMS training is provided on the 4th Monday of every month from 7PM until completion. Bi-annually, a refresher course is offered to satisfy state requirements.
EMTs are provided a hourly monetary stipend for their shifts. EMTs begin in what is referred to as a "rider" position, learning from a Crew Chief and completing an orientation process. Once complete, an EMT may move into an "attendant" position providing patient care. The stipend is dependent upon your level of certification.
Sleeping and kitchen accommodations are available for those who spend the night.
A vehicle may be provided for transport to and from classes not held in Mount Horeb, however availability may vary and a vehicle should not be expected.