There are a number of different types of membership in the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company. First there are generally three different types of membership:
Active members are those members who wish to respond to emergencies as needed, participate in training, drills and work details. These members are over 18 years of age and have full voting privileges within the department. Active members are covered by Workman’s Compensation, life insurance and the volunteer fireman’s benefit laws. Additionally, members who successfully complete the required number of drills, training and responses to emergencies are enrolled in a Service Awards Program. This program provides “retirement” type benefits to members who have completed a certain number of years of service at age 65.
A prospective member should be warned that the level of commitment is very extensive. A great deal of time is spent on both initial and continuing education. Department drills are regularly scheduled and County and or State training courses are provided and required. These courses are provided in Putnam County as well as the surrounding counties of Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Dutchess.
Within the active membership category are two sub-classifications of active member:
Interior Structural Firefighters are those trained to wear protective clothing, self contained breathing apparatus and enter burning structures as required. Interior Structural Firefighters must pass an annual department physical as outlined in the order section of this web site.
Exterior Structural Firefighters are those members who still wish to remain active within the department but do not wish to enter burning structures or have not been medically cleared for entry by the department physicians. Training, drills and work details are still a part of this type of member’s responsibilities.
Junior members are those members 14 to 17 years of age who wish to join the fire company in an active capacity but have not reached an age where it is legally possible to become a full active member. A Junior member must have the permission of their parents to join the company and must meet most of the requirements of other active members. Junior members 14 and 15 years of age are not allowed to attend fire department activities after 9 PM and are not allowed in the fire house without a senior member present. Persons wishing to join as junior members should contact the Chief at (845) 424-3709 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honorary members are those members of the community who have gone “beyond the call of duty” for the betterment of the company. These members include members of other emergency services who have at one time helped our members in our time of need during emergencies. Appointment of honorary membership status is done by the board of directors. These members have no voting privileges but have use of the firehouse facilities.
If we have not scared you away yet, and you are interested in helping your neighbors, family and visitors to our community, please copy and print the application that follows below. If you have questions, please call (845) 424-3709 or email us at email@example.com.