Fire | EMT
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Are you interested in volunteering with the Lexington Fire Protection District or curious to learn more? Whether you’re a seasoned Fire & EMS pro or considering this type of community service for the first time, we’d like to hear from you. If you’re new, don’t fret: we’ll help with any needed initial education and training as well as continuing ed.
If it’s firefighting you want to volunteer for: Initial Firefighter training is held both in-house and/or through the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) at the UIUC campus. Continuing education is conducted throughout the year in-house with optional opportunities through IFSI. Firefighters aren’t scheduled for shifts – but asked to respond to calls when they’re available. We’re especially fond of local employers that allow and encourage their employees to respond during daytime work-hours.
We highly, highly, highly encourage our firefighters to all become EMTs or EMRs – but you can take your time to ease into it.
We do also accept people who only want to volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician. That training is held at Heartland Community college as an 8-credit-hour semester-long course offered at your choice of daytime or evening and fall or spring. Financial Aid is available and LFD will sponsor you if you commit to a length of service. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more. EMTs are scheduled for 1-6 twelve-hour shifts (6a-6p or 6p-6a) per half month based on their availability. Volunteer EMTs are granted a nominal fee to be “on call”.
For firefighters who can’t also commit the time to be full EMTs, we encourage them to become Emergency Medical Responders. EMRs have a smaller scope of medical practice and requires less training time up and is scheduled in-house. These skills come in handy when our ambulance is out of town or for when the ambulance needs more help for big calls while other ambulances are en route to our community.