We are always looking for hard-working, dedicated men and women to serve in our ranks! In order to apply, you must be:
1. At least 18 years of age (too young? See our Explorer Post tab).
2. Live in Bennington, Chester or Harmony Township
3. Valid Ohio Drivers' License free from excessive violations.
4. Be in good physical and moral character.
5. High School Graduate or GED
The hours are long, the work is hard. We'll pay for your certifications, provide you with firefighting gear and equipment, and assist you in your continuing education.
Fill out an application for employment. The Fire Chief will process your application, review your driving record and check your references. If you meet the qualifications, you will be invited to a Trustee meeting and be interviewed by the Trustees. If you meet the expectations of the Trustees, you will be voted onto the department.
After being accepted onto the Department, you will be required to attend Firefighter training at a state certified training facility. You must complete the training and receive a State of Ohio Fire Training Certificate within 1 year of appointment to the fire department.
Where do I go to firefighting school?
There are many educational facilities in central Ohio that provide certified fire training. We will work with you to find you a school that best suits you and your family's schedule.
State Certified Training: The following are the State of Ohio recognized fire training certifications:
Volunteer Firefighter Certification
This course is thirty-six hours in length, and introduces the student to basic concepts, equipment and techniques. This course does not include fighting real fires. After successful completion the student may take the State certification examination.
Level I Certification
Level I certification requires a minimum of 120 hours training; the course provides comprehensive introduction and practice of basic fire fighting concepts and skills, and permits the students to practice the skills. Includes live fire training.
Level II Certification
Required for full-time paid (career) firefighters, this course is a minimum 240 hours in length. Additional practice of skills is included, and advanced rescue and prevention concepts are introduced. Includes live fire training.
You may participate in daily activities, monthly training and meetings. You just can not respond to an emergency.
Employer support is vital to the Volunteer Fire Department. We would be happy to provide you with documentation to your employer stating your needs. If anything else is required, just ask!
You will go through an internal training process to ensure you are set up for success here at BWJFD. You will receive extensive training on our apparatus, protective equipment, Standard Operating Guidelines and procedures. Once the Fire Chief signs you off, you are ready to respond with the other members!
Mount Gilead is our mutual aid neighbor on our north boundries.