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Types of Volunteers
Our EMS Only members serve the public when a medical emergency arises. EMS members are offered training from basic ambulance driver through Emergency Medical Technician levels I,II, and III. CGFR runs over two hundred EMS calls a years, so EMS members are vital to the service of our community. EMS members are trained to act in a support role on a fire scene where they keep an eye on firefighter well-being, but many of our EMS people are also firefighters. EMS people are allowed to drive the ambulances.
Our Fire Fighter members respond to fire and rescue calls. CGFR typically runs over 100 fire calls per year including house fires, down power lines, brush and forest fires, motor vehicle extrications and other types of calls. Many of our fire fighters are also trained as EMTs. Firefighters may train to drive all department apparatus including the big engines and tankers.
CGFR offers free housing opportunities for volunteers interested in living in one of our fire stations. In return, live-in members involved pull a minimum of 10 shifts per month, perform apparatus checks and station maintenance. Members in this program also have a time line to become apparatus drivers.
Members of the Support Group are a vital part of the CGFR family. Some of these volunteers provide food for Emergency Responders who are working on emergency scenes for long periods of time, especially when we are in the brutal grip of a cold spell. They assist at or run the CGFR fire prevention events, the annual holiday awards dinner and other functions. Support Group members also help out with office work, build pump houses, paint buildings and other work.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors primarily provide oversight and direction to the management side of the department. The Board is comprised of people with life and business experience, no fire or EMS experience is required. They work on long term planning, hiring staff and putting together funding for major purchases along with issues like recruiting volunteers and writing newsletters. We currently have a vacant seat for a resident of the Goldstream Valley.