Shelburne Fire Department kicks off volunteer drive

Jim Buell, Shelburne Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief, is encouraging Shelburne residents to volunteer. The Shelburne Fire Department Open House will be held at 6:30pm at the Shelburne Fire Station on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Photo by Lynn Monty
Jim Buell, Shelburne Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief, is encouraging Shelburne residents to volunteer. The Shelburne Fire Department Open House will be held at 6:30pm at the Shelburne Fire Station on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Photo by Lynn Monty

A fire department is an essential part of every community. Volunteers work to keep neighborhoods safe. Aside from answering the call to put out fires, they also work at concerts, prepare fireworks, teach fire safety programs and offer assistance at other community events.

To educate the public on the diverse nature of The Shelburne Fire Department, an Open House will be held at 6:30pm at the Shelburne Fire Station on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

“We are a volunteer organization comprised of friends and neighbors who care about Shelburne and dedicate their time,” said Jim Buell, Shelburne Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief. “We are in need of more dedicated community members to bolster our volunteer ranks.”

Volunteering with the Shelburne Fire Department is rewarding, challenging and even fun, Buell said. “The fire service is open and we can find something for everyone no matter what they are bringing to the table,” he said. “Male or female, young or old, all are welcome. We take cadet volunteers at the age of 16. Cadets who come to us grow through the fire service. We have had volunteers who have gone on to career positions.”

Shelburne Fire provides all of the training and equipment. New recruits just need to show up, Buell said. “They will begin by setting the truck up, pulling hose, setting up the staging area and participating in a monthly training cycle.”

The department has 30 volunteers on the roster right now, that is ten shy of what is needed, Buell said. The department answers about 230 calls on average annually.

The Shelburne Firefighters’ Association Pancake Breakfast fed 145 adults and 51 children on Saturday. More than $1,000 was raised to refurbishing Old Engine 1 which will be a $30,000 project. The classic fire engine will be in the Halloween Parade in town on Oct. 25.

The association is for the benefit of the firefighters and it purchases things that are not provided for within the town budget. The town is responsible for providing the trucks, equipment and training.

“The breakfast was a success,” Buell said. “We had a steady flow of people all morning. We picked up a new member as well.”

For more information call (802) 985-2366.

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