Although no previous experience or training is required, you need more than just a desire to help people. You also need courage and dedication, assertiveness, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. Our service is one that calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty, dirty, strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous environments.
Our volunteers need to be team players, respecting each other’s roles and contributions. You need to be able to work on-call and to deal with occasional interruptions to your lifestyle, dropping what you’re doing at the ‘sound of the bell’ to respond to the emergency needs of your fellow citizen.
Specifically, we are seeking individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life who possess the ability to:
- Demonstrate a sincere desire to selflessly serve others with caring, compassion, and respect
- Deal with the public courteously and effectively
- Maintain harmonious working relationships with coworkers by appreciating their value and contributions they bring to the organization; with an equal appreciation for the challenges they face in volunteering to the level they desire to serve
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Understand and execute specific orders or instructions
- React quickly and calmly in a stressful and hazardous condition
- Ensure that all work is performed in a safe manner, following all applicable safety guidelines. We work in real and potentially hazardous conditions to the extent of possible serious injury or loss of life.
- Recall facts and conditions observed while under severe physical and emotional stress.