Want to be a Firefighter?
An EVFD firefighter is trained to respond to every type of call that may occur in and outside of the Borough. Though this may seem like a daunting task to those unfamiliar with the fire service, the EVFD will provide all new members with the required training free of charge, as well as mentoring new members throughout their probationary period. The EVFD issues all members a complete set of firefighter's personal protective equipment and a department pager. Members are not required to be on-call during specific hours, but they monitor their pagers and respond to calls as much as possible. Members are welcome to spend time in the dayroom, which is equipped with high-speed wireless internet, cable television, couches, and beds.
Members are required to attend drills and meetings when possible. The fire service is constantly evolving and requires a commitment to training for the safety of firefighters and the community. In addition to orientation and weekly drills, new members should complete the Pennsylvania Essentials of Firefighting modules or Firefighter-1 in a timely manner. The PA-EFF 166-hour course is divided into four modules and teaches the basics of firefighting. After completing their training, new members are qualified as an interior firefighter!
In addition, there are numerous courses offered beyond firefighting. For example, many EVFD members are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and have taken courses in vehicle rescue operations, highway safety, ropes and rigging, pump operations, hazardous materials, emergency vehicle driver training, and confined space rescue. Many of these courses are offered free of charge and are designed to meet many different schedules.