Fire, EMS Com­mis­sion seeks vol­un­teers

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Fire and EMS Com­mis­sion is kick­ing off Oc­to­ber Fire Pre­ven­tion Month with a call for vol­un­teers to fill a va­ri­ety of mem­ber­ship po­si­tions in both emer­gency re­sponse and non-emer­gency re­sponse roles.

The county’s Fire and EMS Com­mis­sion rep­re­sents all nine county vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments lo­cated in Church Hill, Crump­ton, Gra­sonville, Goodwill (Cen­tre­ville), Kent Is­land (Ch­ester), Queen Anne-Hills­boro, Queen­stown, Sudlersville and United Com­mu­ni­ties (Stevensville). The goal is to boost mem­ber­ship in these de­part­ments.

Here, as in most ru­ral coun­ties, vol­un­teers make up 100 per­cent of the emer­gency fire and res­cue ser­vice, and they work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices ca­reer EMS Units to pro­vide med­i­cal care to the cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors. In ad­di­tion to emer­gency re­sponse mem­bers who pro­vide fire and EMS ser­vices, these de­part­ments also re­quire non-emer­gency re­sponse mem­bers who pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices to keep the depart­ment run­ning smoothly in­clud­ing book­keep­ing, fundrais­ing, re­cruit­ment, com­mu­nity out­reach, and sup­port­ing emer­gency re­sponse per­son­nel on fire scenes.

Any­one 16 or older may join their lo­cal fire com­pany. The ben­e­fits are sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing. They in­clude free train­ing, a Mary­land in­come tax de­duc­tion, life in­sur­ance pol­icy, LOSAP years of ser­vice re­im­burse­ment pro­gram and in­sur­ance while on the job.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply for mem­ber­ship, stop by your lo­cal vol­un­teer fire depart­ment, visit www.qacfec.org, find on Face­book at Queen Anne’s County Fire & EMS Com­mis­sion or call 410-758-6027.

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