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About:

The Union Vale Fire District serves approximately 5000 residents living in the Town of Union Vale.

We have approximately 65 volunteer firefighters, fire police, EMTs, and drivers, not to mention the auxiliary who support them.

Help us continue as a volunteer organization by donating a portion of your time to your community. All training and equipment is provided at no cost to the volunteer.

Please visit one of the stations (Verbank or Clove) on any Monday night, 7-9 pm, during the weekly Truck Check.

What’s it like to volunteer in the fire service?

Being a volunteer firefighter is one of the most challenging and one of the most gratifying volunteer services. You will be trained to cope with situations which range from home fires to alarm activations.

Once you have been properly trained, your skills may be needed at any time of the day or night, seven days a week, and in all types of weather.

As volunteer firefighters in our community we are here for two basic reasons - fire prevention and fire suppression. These are achieved through education, training, pre-incident planning, and more training.

This opportunity is not for everyone. You need more than the desire to help people. You need to be trustworthy, respectful, enthusiastic, and have the willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. You must have the time for emergency calls, training, and meetings.

The personal rewards of being a Union Vale Volunteer Firefighter are broad. You may feel a great sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, feel compassion for helping a property owner, or feel fulfillment in teaching fire safety. The bottom line is that we are prepared for one reason, and that is to provide lifesaving service to our community.

Union Vale Firefighter is someone who embodies these principles:

  • Ability to Take Direction and Perform as a Team Player
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Dependability
  • Enthusiasm
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Integrity
  • Personal Accountability
  • Pride
  • Respect
  • Responsiveness
  • Take Initiative
  • Trustworthiness

Volunteer Opportunities Available:

  • Explorer Firefighter (ages 14-16) Works & trains along fellow firefighters
  • Exterior Firefighter (ages 16-18+) Provides exterior scene support services
  • EMS (Emergency Medical Service) (ages 16-18+)
  • Interior Firefighter (ages 18+) Search & rescue, initial attack, & overhaul
  • Fire Police (ages 21+) Traffic control
  • Auxiliary Member (ages 18+) Provides essential firefighter support during calls & includes fundraising & special events assignments. Membership in the Union Vale Volunteer

Fire Department has its benefits!

  • Free Training in firefighting, rescue & other specialized topics
  • $200 State Income Tax Credit
  • Retirement incentive plan (earn up to $600/month at retirement)
  • Fitness & recreation rooms
  • Access to scholarship programs
  • Experience working as a team
  • Family atmosphere
  • Respect from the community you serve!

Facts On Volunteer Firefighting

Volunteers comprise 73% of firefighters in the US

Services contributed by volunteer firefighters save localities across the country an estimated $36.8 billion per year.

Recruitment & retention of volunteer firefighters is the key issues in New York volunteer departments. Volunteer firefighters in the US have decreased 5-10% since 1983.

From 1980-2012, total calls have doubled and mutual aid calls tripled.

STATION 1

3373 Route 82, Verbank, NY 12585

Phone Number: 845-677-9262

STATION 2

1795 Clove Road, LaGrangeville, NY 12540

Phone Number: 845-724-5885

JoinUVFD@gmail.com

Union Vale Fire District : PO Box 21, Verbank, NY 12585 : (P) 845.677.9262 : (F) 845.677.9484