Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Northampton Township Volunteer Fire Company. Below is some information that we believe may be of use to persons considering membership. For an application, please stop by the firehouse anytime, call the Fire Marshal at (215) 357-6800.
There is plenty of opportunity to serve your community through the volunteer fire company.
The fire service is one of the most challenging professions today. It is this diversity that inspires most men and women to enter the fire services. This business is not for everyone however. You need more than just desire to help people. You need courage, dedication, assertiveness and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges.
The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the volunteer fire company are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a life is saved, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment in teaching fire safety.
If you are looking for a change of pace or excitement in your life, the fire company may be for you.
What does it take to be a firefighter?
Most of our members have entered the company with no previous experience. Northampton firefighters pride themselves on a strong foundation of training that begins on the first day. While formal training to ride is eventually required, new members are able to ride in a limited capacity after receiving basic in-house training.
Initial formal training consists of the Essentials of Firefighting class taught at our Emergency Services Training Center in Doylestown, PA. This class is approximately 180 hours, and spans a total of four months. Students receive instruction in theories of fire behavior and suppression, forcible entry, ventilation, property salvage, basic hazardous materials training, as well as first aid and CPR. Most of the class is hands-on and successful completion results in National Certification as a Basic Firefighter. Upon completing the Essentials of Firefighting class, members are welcome to take additional specialty classes that are applicable to our operations that interest them. Such classes include vehicle rescue, rope rescue, hazardous materials, and firefighting operations.
Perhaps the most important aspect of our training comes from our weekly crew nights which are held every Monday night at 7:30pm. Officers conduct drills to sharpen everyone’s skills or to try out a new procedure.
If any of this at all interests you and you are over the age of 16, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to setup a time to meet with our membership committee. Stop on by and we will be more than happy to explain what we’re all about.