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Active Members Active Members must be residents of the Springwater Fire District and is at least 18 years of age. The active member is required to perform the full duties of volunteers, including service at fires, emergencies, and attendance at meetings, drills, training and parades.
**For training requirements see below.
~ Article III. Membership; Section 2. Active Members
Active Staff Members Active Staff Members assist with the goals, activities, and functions of the Department. The active staff members shall have the right to vote and hold executive office in the organization. No active staff member may hold firematic office.
~ Article III. Membership; Section 5. Active Staff Member
Lifetime Members Lifetime Members have completed 20 years of active service with the organization. A life member has earned the privilege to always have a voice and vote on matters before the Department. To vote on Firematice office must also meet requirements of Active Members.
~ Article III. Membership; Section 3. Life Members
Restricted Members (Junior Members) Restricted Members are an important part of our future. A person must be at least 16 years of age but under 18 years of age, and a resident of the Springwater Fire District. Parental or legal guardian permission is required.
~ Article III. Membership; Section 4. Restricted Members.
Social Members Social Members participate in Department activities pertaining to fundraising and community service activities. A social member may be either a resident or non-resident of the Springwater Fire District and plays an important role in our ability to accomplish non-fire functions. .
~ Article III. Membership; Section 6. Social Members
Springwater Fire Department
Proudly serving the Town of Springwater, New York
New York State Fire Training Class Requirements for Active Members
NY State Training is required and provided by Livingston County OEM or the NY State Fire Academy. New members must complete training as listed in our by-laws and application for membership. (Click on Link Above on this page). There are two current choices for training new members can take and either one completes the requirements. See the descriptions below, the primary difference is Exterior vs Interior Firefighting.
Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO) (45 Hours)
The student will be provided with the training to support fire activities that arise before, during and after fire attack with respect to their exterior only classification. The student will be exposed to the knowledge and skills pertaining to; Fire, Tool and Scene Safety, Fire Behavior and Development, PPE and SCBA Practices (excluding donning and doffing of SCBA), Communication and Incident Management System (IMS) Principles, Fire Prevention and Investigation Principles, Fire Extinguishers, Hose Practices (excluding fire advancement and attack), Water Supply, Nozzles and Fire Streams, Ground Ladder Operations, Ropes and Knots.
Firefighter I (104 Hours)
As the initial entry program for firefighting personnel, Firefighter I introduces firefighting concepts, practices and techniques necessary for success within the fire service.
Based on the Firefighter Level I objectives from NFPA Standard 1001, this course develops knowledge, skills and abilities based on performance criteria for the following topics: fire department organization, firefighter safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building searches, forcible entry, ground ladders, ventilation, hose practices, fire streams, and loss control. The course consists of performance criteria in: incident command, building construction, ropes/knots, rescue procedures, forcible entry applications, ventilation practices, fire extinguisher applications, suppression of structural fires, tactics, vehicle suppression, water supply, loss control, fire cause determination, fire department communications, fire suppression systems, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, confined space safety and fire prevention practices.
The Department Monthly Meeting is held on the first Wednesday of each month. We have transitioned into NY State Best Practices for Fire Training. We are scheduling 4 weekend drills 4-6 hours long throughout the year. All annual performance based training evaluations will be completed during these quarterly drills. We also hold weekly drills on the second and third Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM – 8PM that will allow any member who missed one of the quarterly 4-6 hour drills to make up the drill. Each year every Active Member is required to show performance proficiency based on their level of state training and role within the Department. There are also topics that are covered annually such as blood borne pathogens, these are covered in the described time. Medical Physical Exams are also required and paid for by the District. For Interior Firefighters it is an annual Physical, for Exterior Firefighters it is every two years.
It is highly encouraged for anyone who has questions about the training or intends on taking a class to communicate with the Chief. State fire classes require written permission slips for authorization. All training is free, all gear is provided. Often there will be more than one Springwater member taking the class and carpooling often occurs. We are sensitive to the time constraints we all face, but please note once the BEFO or FF I classes are complete the regular annual requirements are not very time consuming. We try to have fun during training and at the same time increase our knowledge.