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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I join CTFD?

I'm a Kenyon student, can I join CTFD?

What will be expected of me once I join CTFD?

What is the probationary Period?

How much time do I have to commit to the fire department?

I don't have any experience, can I still join the department?

Will it cost me anything to join the department?

How do I donate to the fire department?

What does Firefighter, Firefighter I and Firefighter II mean?

What is an EMT?

What's the difference between an EMT-Basic, an EMT-Intermediate and a Paramedic?

I'd like to be a firefighter but don't want to be an EMT, can I still join the department?

I'd like to be an EMT but don't want to be a Firefighter, can I still join the department?

I don't want to be a firefighter or an EMT but would still like to help. What can I do?

 

 

 

Q. How do I join CTFD?

A. Contact the CTFD Chief at Station 451.

Any person over 18 years of age with an interest and a willingness to volunteer their time in service to their community is encouraged to apply. Additional qualifications are:

- High School Diploma / GED
- Criminal history free from felony conviction
- Acceptable driving record
- Acceptable background investigation
- Ability to attend department trainings
- Ability to meet established participation guidelines

New members will be admitted onto the department throughout the year. In general, the process for admitting new members will proceed as follows:

- The candidate will meet with the Fire Chief or a department officer.
- The candidate will receive, complete and return a department application
- The candidate will go through an interview panel approved by the fire chief.
- The chief, or his designee, will perform a background investigation at his discretion.
- The candidate will be notified via mail by the fire chief as to whether he or she has been appointed.
- If appointed the candidate will begin the probationary process.
- The probationary member will be encouraged to participate in the next available fall recruitment training.
- For more detailed information refer to the CTFD Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG.)

 

 

 

Q. I'm a Kenyon student, can I join CTFD?

A. Yes! One half of current CTFD active members are Kenyon Students. Since students represent a unique population within the department, please visit this page for more information.

 

 

 

Q. What will be expected of me once I join CTFD and what is the probationary Period?

A. Once appointed to the department each probationary member will complete a minimum twelve-month probationary period. During this twelve-month period the candidate is appointed at the will of the department and can be removed from the roster for any reason.

Following appointment to probationary status each member will receive a copy of the department SOG's, a copy of the department EMS protocol, and a probationary packet to aid the member in his or her training. In addition, probationary members will be given pagers, turnout gear, station keys, and other necessary equipment as it becomes available.

It is expected that the probationary member will spend this time achieving a number of goals:

- The probationary member will familiarize him or herself with the general rules and regulations of the department, with his or her role on the department, and with what the department expects of him or her.

- The member will complete the Probationary Packet during this time in order to familiarize him or herself with basic fire/EMS procedures, the department’s equipment, and basic policies and procedures.

- The member will complete or be enrolled in a Basic 36 hour firefighter course.

- The member will complete or be enrolled in a CPR for Healthcare Provider course.

- The member will complete or be enrolled in an EMT-Basic course.

- The member will complete or be enrolled in an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course and will complete driver’s orientation on department apparatus.

Usually the department will alert the probationary member to available courses, but it is the member’s responsibility to ensure that these requirements are met.

 

 

 

Q. How much time do I have to commit to the fire department?

A. As much as you are able and willing to do so.

In an effort to keep the membership of the department active, the following participation guidelines have been established. Each member is expected to respond to 30% of runs per month (approx. 10/month) or must volunteer 16 hours per month on station. Any combination of the above minimums will also be acceptable (e.g. 15% of runs and 8 hours on station).

In addition, members are expected to make 60% of available Tuesday night Fire and EMS training. Fire and EMS training is conducted on the second and third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted. For more detailed information see page 2 of the CTFD SOG.

 

 

 

Q. I don't have any experience, can I still join the department?

A. Yes. CTFD will train new members to perform the duties of Firefighter and EMT. No previous experience is needed but we are always happy to meet dedicated new volunteer applicants with prior training.

 

 

 

Q. Will it cost me anything to join the department?

A. No. There is no cost for equipment or training for an active CTFD member.

In order to prepare department members for their service the department will either provide, or pay for, certain forms of training. Members will be eligible for department sponsored training only once they have been appointed as a member on the department.

Department sponsored training courses are:

- CPR for Healthcare Providers (conducted by the department)

- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (conducted by the department)

- Firefighter 36 hour fire class

- EMT-Basic

Members who do not complete the required coursework will be required to reimburse the department in full. If a member does not receive a passing grade or fails to obtain certification in their sponsored course they will be required to reimburse the department in full, or redo the training at their own expense. If a member discontinues his or her service within one year following the sponsored training, he or she will be required to reimburse the department for the full cost of the training.

Please see CTFD SOG's page 27 for a more detailed explanation.

 

 

 

Q. How do I donate to the fire department?

A. Financial and material donations to the department are always appreciated. Click here to be directed to our "Support" page. We thank you for thinking of CTFD.

 

 

 

Q. What does Firefighter, Firefighter I and Firefighter II mean?

A. The state of Ohio recognizes three levels of firefighter training. The term "Firefighter" at CTFD is a job description and designates that the person has the minimum required firefighter training. At minimum, CTFD requires all Firefighters to be trained and certified to the Ohio 36 Hour Volunteer Firefighter level.

Ohio 36 Hour Volunteer Firefighter certification provides training in; department organization, safety, fire behavior, portable extinguishers, personal protective equipment, tools, ladders, fire hose, appliances and streams, overhaul, rescue and water supplies.

Firefighter I is the next level of firefighter training. The Firefighter I receives an additional 100-plus hours of training beyond the 36 Hour Volunteer Firefighter certification. The Fighter I is trained in the following areas; fire alarm and communications, forcible entry, ventilation, ropes, control, salvage, cause and origin, detection, alarm and suppression systems, prevention, public education, cause determination, building construction, emergency medical care and hazardous materials.

Firefighter II is the highest level of certification and the minimum standard for career firefighters. At the Firefighter II level candidates receive an additional 120-plus hours of training in fire department organization, fire alarm and communications, fire hose, appliances and streams, foam fire streams, control, fire and origin, rescue, water supplies, fire detection, alarm and suppression systems, fire prevention, public education, cause determination, building construction, and hazardous materials.

 

 

 

Q. What is an EMT? What's the difference between an EMT-Basic, an EMT-Intermediate and a Paramedic?

A. EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician. An EMT is a healthcare provider trained to provide pre-hospital emergency medical services. EMT's are trained to a national standard and certified by the State of Ohio. There are currently three levels of EMT certification. EMT-Basic (EMT-B), EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I) and EMT-Paramedic (EMT-P)

All EMT's are trained to respond to emergency calls, perform specific medical procedures and transport patients to hospital in accordance with protocols and guidelines established by the physician medical director. EMT's are trained to assess a patient's condition, and to perform such emergency medical procedures as are needed to maintain a patent airway with adequate breathing and cardiovascular circulation until the patient can be transferred to an appropriate destination for advanced medical care. Interventions include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, controlling severe external bleeding, preventing shock, body immobilization to prevent spinal damage, and splinting of bone fractures.

EMT-Basics provide Basic Life Support (BLS.) NREMT-Basic standards

EMT-Intermediates have additional training and may perform more advanced procedures such as intravenous access (IV's) and have the ability to give some medications. NREMT-Intermediate Standards

EMT-Paramedics provide Advanced Life Support (ALS.) Paramedics are trained on advanced procedures and can administer a broader range of medications than an EMT-Intermediate. The paramedic training includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) which includes protocols for treatment of cardiac emergencies and cardiac medications. NREMT-Paramedic Standards

 

 

 

Q. I'd like to be a firefighter but don't want to be an EMT, can I still join the department?

A. At this time all members of the department are required to complete both EMT and basic firefighter training. (see What will be expected of me once I join CTFD.) Nationwide the ratio of EMS calls to fire calls is about 80% EMS and CTFD is no exception.

 

 

Q. I'd like to be an EMT but don't want to be a Firefighter, can I still join the department?

A. At this time all members of the department are required to complete both EMT and basic firefighter training. (see What will be expected of me once I join CTFD.) However, nationwide the ratio of EMS calls to fire calls is about 80% EMS and CTFD is no exception. If you are interested only in EMS please talk to the chief. Each applicant will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

 

 

 

Q. I don't want to be a firefighter or an EMT but would still like to help. What can I do?

A. There are many ways to contribute to CTFD without becoming a line firefighter. Of course we are always happy to receive donations. Click here to view the "Support" page. For some people a donation of their time, knowledge and specific skills may be even more valuable. CTFD does have a role for support staff.

Support staff members may offer assistance by cooking, shopping, taking photographs, offering training, driving apparatus or any other helpful tasks. Each application for support staff will be evaluated on a case by case basis and support staff candidates may be required to complete a department interview. For more information see the CTFD SOG's, page 6.

 

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