New Year’s is a time for resolutions that will change your life and the lives of others. Volunteering for Harmonville Fire Company is the perfect place to do this. Volunteers save lives, protect property, and build friendships that last a lifetime.
Harmonville Fire Company was founded in 1924 to protect and rescue citizens within the Plymouth Township community. As the township has grown so has the company. Equipped with state-of-the-art vehicles and gear, volunteers are trained to protect the community.
Last year the company responded to over 700 emergencies. Harmonville receives fire calls involving all types of structures; including homes, businesses, and the Plymouth Meeting Mall. The company’s proximity to the Blue Route and Turnpike results in a steady stream of calls. The company is ready and prepared for any type of emergency.
The members of Harmonville Fire Company live by three principles: honor in their call to service; family that has each other’s backs; and community commitment to treating all people with dignity and respect.
The volunteers treasure their experience at the company—the extensive educational opportunities, friendships, and service to the community.
Says Firefighter Hope Mitchell, “you’ll never have another experience in your life quite like this—between the thrill of a call, the comradery, the happiness when completing a job, and the utter exhaustion after a long job—nothing compares to this.”
Battalion Chief Michael Sturm has been thrilled with his education. “I’ve received a bunch of training for free! Everything from a national fire certification to rescue, to code enforcement, all for free.” These opportunities, he believes, will propel him in any career he chooses.
Harmonville Fire Company is seeking standout volunteers who believe in its principles. There are numerous volunteer roles, and not just those for first line responders.
Volunteers who want to jump into the action, are encouraged to join as firefighters. There’s enough excitement to last a lifetime. All training and gear will be provided.
Volunteers are trained to thrive in high-stress situations where mere seconds could be the difference between life and death. Harmonville’s proximity to major roads like the Blue Route and the Turnpike requires volunteers who are proactive and are willing to learn how to perform rapid vehicle rescues. The Company lives by its “Pride of the Pikes” motto and is eager to help those involved in vehicle accidents.
To secure the safety of the public and the firefighters in emergency situations, fire police are responsible for directing the flow of traffic and crowds. Bringing calm to a hectic situation as a fire police member is the perfect way to assist “on the scene” without having to be part of the rescue or firefighting effort.
Those who are itching for action, but too young to enter burning buildings, can join the junior program starting at the age of 14. Junior firefighters provide important assistance on fire calls and at the fire company, handling gear, apparatus, and the hose. Young volunteers gain real world experience and at 18 can become adult firefighters. This experience looks great on job and college applications.
Dedicated community members are needed to bring their administrative skills to assist with fundraising, acquiring grants, strategic planning, organizing community events, and paperwork.
If you are interested in learning more, Harmonville Fire Company wants to know you. Fill at an interest form at www.joinharmonvillefire.org and the company will contact you.