Category: General Information
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:00
Committed to providing a superior level of emergency service and to continually improve the quality of life, health and safety of the Citizens of Cleveland.
The City of Cleveland operates a Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteers can be called upon to perform a range of duties, from speaking to elementary school classes to providing medical assistance at the scene of an emergency.
Volunteer fire officers must be in good physical condition, able to lift and carry heavy loads, climb stairs and ladders, drag fire hoses and carry unconscious individuals for extended periods of time. Many times, the physical requirements of the job must be performed wearing a heavy full-body suit as well.
In addition to physical requirements, fire officers must be able to think and respond quickly in stressful and dangerous situations. Fire officers must maintain a thorough knowledge of all relevant procedures and operations, and must be able to make quick decisions independently in crisis situations.
A volunteer fire officer can find himself performing a wide range of duties as needed by the fire department. The main duty of a volunteer officer is to respond quickly to emergency calls from dispatch and reporting to the scene as quickly as possible. Other responsibilities include providing emergency medical services in the field, assisting with fire code inspections and maintaining various apparatus at the fire station.