Did you know that there are hundreds of small privately-owned fire departments in the United States?
Private sector fire response departments protect communities that don’t have the tax base for a standard municipal fire department or simply prefer this service model.
You may be wondering: Can you start a private fire department?
The answer is yes! Here is what you need to know about starting your own private fire department:
Prepare with Proper Training
Your firefighters must have the background necessary to provide emergency care for your community.
At the minimum, firefighters must have a GED or high school diploma. If they can obtain a fire science degree, that will be even better. They must also be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
It is also beneficial for aspiring firefighters to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
They should also be able to pass a physical ability test that will prove they are ready for the job’s physical demands.
The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a test you should have your firefighters pass before joining your team. The CPAT measures how people handle eight different events designed to mirror tasks they can expect to deal with on the job as a firefighter.
Avoid bringing members onto your firefighting team who have a history of drug abuse, criminal activity, or who cannot meet the physical demands of being a firefighter.
Depending on the state you plan to start a private fire department, your firefighters will have to take a standard course in preparation for certification. A written and practical certification exam is necessary for anyone to be a firefighter on your team.
Gather the Necessary Equipment
Every fire department needs a radio. There are many different kinds of radios. You’ll want to invest in radios with knobs, slip resistance, strong glass display, safety features, and quality microphones.
You’ll want to make sure your radios are durable and equipped with the necessary features to keep your team safe so they can help keep others safe. Read more here to learn about choosing the best radio for your private fire department.
Next, you’ll need to gather personal protective equipment for your firefighters to wear. They will need helmets, fire-resistant pants and shirts, gloves, eye protection, and leather boots. These items will ensure your firefighters are safe when facing a fire.
You will also need fire trucks with sirens equipped with ladders, hoses, tools, and water tanks.
Start a Private Fire Department Today!
If you have the drive and desire to begin a private fire department, start today. A great fire department has trained firefighters and builds trust with members of the community.
Gather the right tools and be part of a startup that does good for your community!
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