To become an active Pocahontas Volunteer Firefighter, you must meet certain criteria, which includes:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Posses a valid driver’s license.
- Live or work within Pocahontas or in the immediate area.
- Fill out and have approved application for membership.
- Pay $20.00 per year dues.
The application process is as follows:
- You fill out an application for membership.
- You will be invited to interview with the Membership Committee.
- You will submit additional documents, as required.
- You must pass a criminal background check.
- You will attend a company meeting to be introduced to the membership.
After being accepted into the department as a trainee by membership vote, the trainee will be required to complete a ninety day probationary period. While on probation, the trainee will be required to review and familiarize themselves with the department’s equipment and SOG’s. During the probationary period the trainee will participate in classroom instruction and hands-on training, and will receive basic training in firefighting (ie, P.P.E, hose handling, fire behavior, firefighter safety, etc.). After attending two consecutive meetings, having familiarized themselves with the departments’ equipment and SOG’s, trainee will be assigned a full set of PPE. After attending 4 consecutive meetings, the trainee will be issued a yellow trainee card, their unit number, a hand held radio and pager. At this point, the trainee can respond to emergency calls.
After the trainee completes the “Rookie Training” they will be considered an exterior firefighter (Blue Card).
Trainees who have completed the ninety day probationary period, have been accepted as a member by vote from the general membership at a regular monthly meeting and has paid appropriate membership dues shall be considered an active member.
To remain as an active member you must:
- Maintain an average of at least 10% of the dispatched calls and accomplish 20 hours of approved training per calendar year.
- Members can not miss more than two consecutive meetings without contacting the Chief or Assistant Chief with an appropriate reason.
- Membership status is determined by fire calls, approved training hours and meetings attended for the period ending December 31st of each year.
- Any active member who does not respond to at least 10% of the dispatched calls and accomplish at least 20 hours of approved training may retain membership, not as an active member, but as an inactive member. An inactive member immediately moves to a “Probation Member” and will receive a “Yellow Card.”
- If a member cannot attend the training meetings, run at least 10% of the fire calls and complete 20 hours of training, that member can meet with the chief to explain the situation and the chief can make an exception to the guidelines with the approval of the general membership.
- All members will receive notification of their status in January of each year. Training hours will be determined by training records on file.
All new members will be required to complete and successfully pass Firefighter I thru the Mississippi Fire Academy and a National First Responder class as soon as time permits.
Inactive members can attend training meetings, assist with workdays and fundraiser, but will not have a pager or radio, and cannot run calls until status has changed to active.