By Dana Baker
I joined the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department three years ago. I was new to Shelburne and was looking for a way to get involved in the community.
One of the members of the department, former Captain Dave McLellan, came into the store where I work and I asked, “How do you become a member of the department?”
His answer: “Show up.”
So I did. When I first met the Chief Jerry Ouimet I said, “I don’t see myself running into a burning building.”
His answer was, “We need just as many people outside as inside.”
So, I found myself training to be an Exterior Firefighter. Not long after joining the department, I started training to become a driver. That’s right. I get to live every child’s dream and drive fire trucks.
The training program is rigorous, taking classes, studying the streets in town, and practical driving experience with a trainer, but it is well worth it.
One of the things I love to do with the fire department is our fire prevention program. I am part of a team of firefighters that goes into our schools every fall at this time of year and teach the children how to be safe in case of an emergency. The children seem to remember our lessons and hopefully bring them home to you.
It’s not easy getting up in the wee hours of the morning when my pager goes off. When it does, I know that a neighbor of mine needs help. It could be a false alarm, or their house could be on fire. Either way, being a member of the fire department means I can give back to my community.
If you are looking for a way to provide meaningful service to the community, the fire department can use you.
How can you become a member of the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department? Show up!
As you look forward to this weekend and moving your clocks back one hour, please don’t forget to change the battery in your smoke and CO detectors as well. Test them to make sure they work, and then perform your family home escape drill. Look at the manufacturer’s date on the back of your detector. If it is over seven years old, it should be replaced.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the fire department at 985-2366 and leave a message and we’ll get back to you.
Jim Buell, 2nd Asst. Chief
Shelburne Fire Department