“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives.”
Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY circa 1910
The Rehoboth Fire Department is comprised of on-call volunteers from all walks of life: business professionals, farmers, carpenters, public servants, IT managers, landscapers, full time firefighters, emergency medical technicians and service technicians to name a few.
We provide cost effective fire protection for the town with over sixty members, three stations and fourteen pieces of apparatus. We are always recruiting to bolster our ranks, which are made up of your friends, neighbors and relatives who live in town.
Our organizational structure consists of a full time Chief, three other call Chiefs with various division responsibilities, Company officers and firefighters. There are three stations strategically located in the North, Center and South districts of the community.
Where you reside in town dictates which station you are assigned to. You may also become a member if you if you work in town and your employer would allow you to respond to calls. You would only be asked to leave your workplace for incidents that would require substantial manpower.
If your employer has any questions we will meet with the owner and elaborate on what type of incidents this would entail along with the average frequency of these incidents.
Yes, there are some qualifications and requirements that need to be met. You must be a minimum of eighteen years old but there is no age limit. We have several members that became firefighters in the later stages of life.
This is not only a great way to give back to your community and its residents, but the feeling of personal satisfaction you will attain is something you must experience for yourself. So we ask you to please give serious consideration to joining the Rehoboth Fire Department.
MORE IMPORTANT DETAILS . . .
To be considered:
You must submit a standard application for employment.
You must pass a physical examination and agility test.
You must pass an extensive background check.
You must complete an intensive five-month training course held on Monday and Wednesday evenings and some classes on weekends held in conjunction with the Massachusetts Fire Academy. The course usually begins in January and wraps up in May.
Service to the Department and Town:
Once entry level training is complete, you will be required to attend Company drills and pull duty once a month, as well as responding to calls when available.
Equipment and Compensation:
The Department provides all training materials and personal protective equipment required. Firefighters are compensated for fire, training and duty hours.
BECOMING A JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER
Rehoboth’s Junior Firefighter Program continues to grow! Membership is open to boys and girls ages 13-17. The program exposes members to fire service training and job knowledge for those considering a career in emergency services. They meet once a month for drills. They are given the same training that the Rehoboth firefighters receive to be as realistic as possible. This year, all members became certified in CPR and First Responder emergency medical training. They are allowed to perform support functions at incidents including brush fires. The Juniors’ also help out at various community and fire association events in town. The program has also become an invaluable recruitment tool. Several Juniors’ have gone on to attend the Massachusetts Fire Academy Recruit Class and have become full members of the department currently serving the town. Some have also gone on to full time careers in area departments. Our program is registered with the National Volunteer Fire council which offers scholarships, fund raising ideas and a forum for discovery and discussion of what other programs around the country our doing. There is a limit to the number of members we can accommodate. Applications are available at Fire Department Headquarters.