It’s 1 a.m.; the smoke alarm sounds. You quickly round up the family and pets and head to safety while calling 911 on your cell phone. As you stand surrounded by your loved ones watching the fire engines arrive, you’re grateful you had a plan, you’re grateful you had practiced . . . you’re grateful when told that the fire is out and the damage is minimal.
But what would happen if no one responded to your call?
Longwood Fire Company is located in southern Chester County Pennsylvania, and proudly serves the residents in both our primary area and our mutual aid response area. We operate out of one station and provide ambulance, fire, and rescue services to the multitude of homes, churches, shopping centers, and businesses already in existence. With the rapidly expanding community, we urgently need your help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I volunteer for the Longwood Fire Company?
Volunteering as a member of the Longwood Fire Company provides a rewarding experience and much more. Volunteer benefits include enhanced communication and time management skills; increased community visibility; and a renewed sense of pride in your community and in yourself.
What type of commitment is involved?
We are a volunteer organization but employ paramedics and emergency medical technicians to staff our Advance Life Support Ambulance 24/7. Fire/rescue personnel are urgently needed, any amount of time you are able to give. We also need volunteers to staff our Basic Life Support Ambulance during the night time hours.
How will I know what to do?
No experience is needed. Longwood Fire Company will provide you with all the gear you need as well as the training required to be an active firefighter or EMT. All you need to bring is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! Of course, any experience that you do have, we can use!
What is the training process for LFC volunteers?
The fire company offers up-to-date training and equipment to better prepare our volunteers for emergency situations. Weekly training is held Wednesday evenings with the regional companies and many of us go on to take advanced training at the county, state, and national levels.
Are there other things I can volunteer to do at LFC?
There are many ways to get involved in the fire company. The following opportunities are available within the Longwood Fire Company that are non-emergency related:
So what do you think? Do you have time to help us help you? The next time you hear a siren or fire whistle blow, think about the people who are waiting for the fire company to respond, and think about the people who dropped what they were doing to answer that call. You can be one of those people, join our family.