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Kenyon Students at CTFD

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The College Township Fire Department currently employs twelve Kenyon students as
full-time members of the department. Each year, freshman are recruited onto the department
and trained as firefighters and EMTs. Many Kenyon freshmen join the fire department
to get hands on experience with providing health care.

For more information about the recruitment process, check out our FAQ below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About the Recruitment Process

Why should I apply to the fire department?
How many applicants are there each year?
What should I expect as a recruit?
What is the time commitment as a recruit?
How will my responsibilities change from a recruit to being a probationary member?
Will I still be able to continue all of my classes at Kenyon as well as volunteer for the department?
Will I still be able to participate in my sport/club/extracurricular while volunteering for the department?
Is volunteering as an EMT/Firefighter dangerous?
How long is the EMT-Basic Course and when do I take it?
Will I still have free time if I decide to volunteer for the fire department?
Are there any membership fees?

Questions About the Recruitment Process

What is the annual run volume for the department?
What is an EMT and what are the different levels of certification for EMTs?
What are the different levels of certification for Firefighters?

Why should I apply to the fire department?

Volunteering at CTFD is an incredibly rewarding experience. Many Kenyon
freshmen join the fire department to get hands on experience providing medical
care. This is a great way for pre-med freshmen to figure out what type of health care
they may want to pursue, and for those with no previous experience to discover
an exciting career. Some students see volunteering on the department as a chance
to learn practical life skills and as a counterbalance to Kenyon’s classroom-based
learning. Others seek a chance to build a stronger connection with the community
that surrounds and sustains Kenyon. All will learn the discipline and character
required to serve those in need, as well as leadership skills that will help them in
whatever career they pursue.

Regardless of why they join, most students stay on the department for the same
reason. After late nights tending to patients or being back-to-back on a hose line,
you quickly learn that you have to depend on the men and women around you.
Those who prove themselves worthy of this trust will develop a bond with their
fellow firefighters that will last the rest of their lives.

How many applicants are there each year?

Each year approximately 12 Kenyon students apply in November at the end of our
basic training. After an interview process 4-6 enthusiastic recruits are offered
positions as probationary members of the College Township Fire Department. The
number of recruits that are offered positions depends on the current needs of the
department, as well as the quality of effort and enthusiasm displayed by individual
recruits during basic training.

What should I expect as a recruit?

The recruitment process begins on the Sunday after the Kenyon College activities
fair. Trainings are held each Sunday at Station 451 (located on E. Brooklyn Street).
These trainings will include both lecture and hands-on practice covering a wide
variety of EMS and fire topics. Weekly assignments may also be given that are to
be completed before the next Sunday’s training. Recruits are highly encouraged
to come down to the fire station to practice the skills they learn on Sundays. Fire
department officers will hold interviews in November with recruits. Recruits will
be assessed on overall performance and mastery of learned skills, attitude in and
outside of trainings, interaction with fellow recruits and training officers, and
enthusiasm for learning.

What is the time commitment as a recruit?

The time commitment is manageable with a full Kenyon College workload. There
are trainings every Sunday starting at 1:00 PM, ending at roughly 4:00 PM. As a
recruit you are strongly encouraged to seek out further training with department
members during the week.

How will my responsibilities change from a recruit to being a probationary member?

As a probationary member you are expected to continue training with the other
student members of the department on Sundays. In addition, you will have
departmental trainings every Tuesday at 6:00 PM that last about two hours.
Probationary members will be given pagers and will be on call every third day. On
these days, you will be expected to respond to the station whenever we are called
for an emergency, unless responding would interfere with class attendance.

Generally, you will begin your EMT class in January. This class usually meets two
to three times a week. Until you complete this class, you will serve as an observer
during EMS emergencies. This will be an important opportunity for you to start
learning proper patient care outside of the classroom.

Will I still be able to continue all of my classes at Kenyon as well as volunteer for the department?

Yes! As a probationary member, you will be taking EMT-Basic classes that meet
twice a week at night accompanied with a small number of full day Saturday classes.
The class typically starts in January and lasts through early April. You may also be
able to receive Kenyon credit for the class. Most students complete the class while
taking a full course load, with many participating in varsity sports or working on-
campus jobs. Generally, people with good time management skills can easily handle
the workload.

Will I still be able to participate in my sport/club/extracurricular while volunteering for the department?

Yes! We have had many members play varsity sports, participate in fraternities or a
cappella groups, and hold campus jobs while volunteering for the department. Your
responsibilities with the fire department can be quite time consuming, but as long as
you can stay on top of your schedule and manage your time efficiently, there should
be no problem with balancing your responsibilities.

Is volunteering as an EMT/Firefighter dangerous?

There are some risks inherent in the responsibilities of the EMT/Firefighter,
however, safety is always our primary concern and we train extensively to prepare
our members to operate safely in the back of the ambulance and on the fireground.
Our department prides itself in going above and beyond the number of training
hours designated by the federal government and the state of Ohio.

How long is the EMT-Basic Course and when do I take it?

The EMT-Basic course starts in January and ends in early April. Generally the
class meets twice a week in the evening with the occasional full day Saturday class.
You will also spend some observation time in a hospital, as well as at another fire
department.

Will I still have free time if I decide to volunteer for the fire department?

Yes! All together, you will have approximately ten hours a week of scheduled
responsibilities while on the department. You will also be responsible for
responding to emergencies every third day. We average a little over one call a
day and the average EMS call takes about 90 minutes. The length of fire calls is
unpredictable. Good time management skills will help you to enjoy free time beyond
your academic and fire department responsibilities.

Are there any membership fees?

There are no mandatory fees for the department. All required EMS and Fire
equipment and training is provided by the department at no cost. Further training
past the basic levels may also be covered by the department.

Additional College Township Fire Department Information

What is the annual run volume for the department?

College Township Fire Department is dispatched for approximately 400-450
emergencies each year. As with most fire/EMS departments across the United
States, the majority of our emergencies are medical in nature. The remainder
consists of motor vehicle collisions, structure fires, brush and trash fires, rescues,
and public service calls. 

What is an EMT and what are the different levels of certification for EMTs?

An EMT is an Emergency Medical Technician that provides Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) in a pre-hospital setting. Each EMT is certified at a national and state
level. There are three different EMT certifications: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate,
and EMT-Paramedic.

All members are trained to the EMT-Basic level at a minimum. After completing this
initial training, additional opportunities to train for the Intermediate or Paramedic
certifications are available to interested members.

EMT-Basics provide basic life support (BLS).

EMT-Intermediates have first obtained their EMT-Basic certification, after which
they have received additional training in certain advanced techniques including IVs
and advanced medication administration.

EMT-Paramedics have first obtained their EMT-Basic certification, after which they
have trained for over a year in advanced pre-hospital care. They provide advanced
life support (ALS) to patients for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. Paramedics
have a wider range of medications and procedures that they are allowed to perform
than Intermediates.

What are the different levels of certification for Firefighters?

In the state of Ohio, there are three different certifications of Firefighting.

All members of the fire department receive training to obtain their 36-hour
Volunteer Firefighter certification, the minimum required by the state of Ohio.

Firefighter I and II are the next two levels of certification, with Firefighter II being
the highest (and required for most full-time firefighters). Firefighter I and II require
120 and 240 hours of training respectively, though most programs offer more hours
for each level.

Students who are interested in obtaining higher certifications are encouraged
to seek these opportunities once they have completed their initial certification
classes. Several student members of the fire department have attended the Ohio Fire
Academy to obtain their Firefighter II certification.

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