Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter

 

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Volunteer firefighting is a very rewarding and valuable way to serve your community.  It takes dedication, drive and many hours of technical training to become a firefighter.  If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, and are a resident of the Village of Colonie, Company Fire Company is the place for you.

There are many benefits, both personal and material.  Personal benefits include:

  • Earning respect from your fellow brother and sister firefighters, and members of your community;
  • Gaining an immense sense of pride and satisfaction from your accomplishments, and the knowledge and skills you acquire from your training;
  • Camaraderie and the feeling of family; and
  • Satisfaction from doing an important job well while contributing to the security, safety and welfare of your community.

There are material rewards as well. The volunteer services are valued at every level of society, and there are a variety of incentives available from the federal, state, and county governments, as well as your local fire company. Material benefits may include:

  • Property tax reductions;
  • State income tax benefits;
  • Free equipment and training;
  • Free health checkups;
  • Free insurance;
  • College tuition reimbursement;
  • Service pensions;
  • Free accident insurance;
  • Tuition Reimbursement (FASNY HELP); and
  • Length of Service Awards Program

For details on the benefits available, contact our recruitment coordinator.

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