To apply to become an active member of the Forks Fire Department you must meet the following requirements:
A citizen of the United States of America
Of good moral character
Not under eighteen (18) years of age. Anyone under 21 must have written consent from their parent or guardian.
Not over forty-five (45) years of age unless transferring as a current Active Member of another Fire Company
You must reside within the boundaries of the Forks Fire District or by reason of your residence in the vicinity of the Forks Fire District or your usual occupation; you will be available to render active service as a volunteer firefighter. The firefighter must get written authorization by his/her employer to respond to alarms.
You must not have a conviction for an Arson offense or a Sex offense which require a person to register as a sex offender.
If you meet the above requirements you may then complete an application and forward it to the Office of the Chief who will begin the process.
The Chief’s Office will then submit an Arson conviction and Sex offense conviction background check to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and a local background investigation form with the application to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Once the background checks are completed the prospective member will then be advised to make an appointment for an OSHA physical.
Once the Fire District receives written notification of the completion of the OSHA physical, the applicant will then be interviewed by the Board of Directors.
Once the Board of Directors recommends the applicant for membership, the company then formally votes to accept the applicant at a department meeting. A majority vote of the present membership will decide if the applicant is accepted or declined. The name of any person who has been proposed and rejected by the Company will not be resubmitted for membership for six (6) months thereafter.
Once the member is voted in, the Fire District will then make final approval authorizing the firefighter to become active.
The applicant is now an official member of the fire department and subject to all rules and By-Laws adopted by the fire department.