Today, volunteer firefighters are called Reserve Firefighters. The Reserve Firefighter Program was developed as an alternative method of providing service to the District and provide valuable on the job experience to members of the community with an interest in firefighting or community service. Many Reserves come to the District with little or no experience in firefighting. New Reserve Firefighters are assigned to a shift, given a career firefighter to act as a mentor, and provided necessary equipment and training. Reserves must have their Colorado Firefighter 1 certification as well as a Colorado Hazardous Materials Operations class. Reserves are outfitted with gear from our quartermaster and also encouraged to attend EMT classes. Reserve firefighters gain valuable and marketable skills through their training, education, and on shift experience; and the District benefits through higher staffing levels for emergency incidents. Reserves work a minimum of 36 hours each month, and 2-6 company training hours, and can qualify for a small stipend once they complete initial training.
Recruitment is highly selective, requiring candidates to submit to an AIMS Community College placement test, Physical Agility Test, Skills Assessment, interviews and a background check. Candidates are now required to have a Firefighter 1 Certification & Hazordous Materials Certification. Successful candidates then are given 12 months to complete certification in the following:
• 1st Responder or EMT
• NWCG 130/190 (Wildland “Redcard”)
If you are interested in volunteering to be a reserve with Berthoud Fire, you can request to be added to an interest list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this website and our Facebook page for the next recruitment process.