VOLUNTEER FAQs

Do I need previous training or experience?

No! Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company will provide the training that you need. If you bring a willingness to learn and a can-do attitude, we’ll provide the rest.

how old do i have to be to join?

To apply as a probationary member you must be at least 18 years old. Our Explorer Program is open to high schoolers who are at least 14 years old.

Do I get paid?

No, volunteers are not paid. You will, however, reap the rewards of serving your community and acquiring new skills within the fire service!

Do I have to respond every time there is a call?

Not at all! We understand that our members have lives outside of the firehouse – families, jobs, school, etc. However, most of our members who live within responding distance do choose to respond when they know their community needs them.

Do I need to buy my own firefighting equipment?

You do not! Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company issues complete personal protective equipment (PPE) for firefighting to our members, including boots, bunker gear, helmet, hood and gloves. The issued gear remains property of the fire company.

Some members choose to purchase personal equipment such as leather fire helmets or to carry personal tools such as flashlights. This is permitted as long as the gear meets current recognized standards and is in good condition.

Do I have to be certified as both a firefighter and emt?

No. Although many of our members are interested in being both a firefighter and an EMT, others decide that one is more appealing than the other and they focus on one over the other. It is also common to start with one and to add the other discipline later.

i was a firefighter somewhere else, does my training transfer?

The chief’s office will review your training records and let you know what additional classes may be needed. Expect at a minimum to attend our orientation class. In-house training is required for all members to help them become familiar with our operations and our equipment, no matter what their previous experience may be.

We need you to serve your community and save lives.