The City of Prescott is recruiting volunteers to serve as auxiliary fire personnel within a newly established Community Services Unit (CSU) of the Prescott Fire Department.
The CSU members will perform routine, non-emergency services such as smoke alarm installation, fire inspections, and pre-incident fire planning. Members may also conduct quality assurance/improvement reviews for emergency medical services.
"The Community Services Unit will support our firefighters by relieving them of certain day-to-day tasks unrelated to fire suppression or designated emergency response services," says Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light. "This will allow us to align resources with points of need, dispatching personnel and equipment according to the level of need. Our first priority is always the protection of human life, followed by property and the environment. The CSU will help our firefighters focus on these calls."
The CSU is anticipated to begin with seven members, and be operational by the last quarter of calendar year 2016.
Those who wish to apply must be at least 21 years old and undergo customary screening and interviews. Those selected must successfully complete an 80-hour customer service and orientation training course, work a minimum of six hours a week, and attend monthly meetings as required.
For more information, the Prescott Fire Department is hosting an Open House on Thursday, August 4, at 5:30 pm, at Fire Station 71, 333 White Spar Road. Those interested in learning more about the Community Services Unit are encouraged to attend this informational meeting. Chief Light will be on hand to discuss the program, along with other City officials. Discussion will center on Prescott Fire Department operations, the scope of the CSU, and the potential timeline for implementation. If available, please bring a brief summary of related work, or a resume. Applications will also be available. If planning to attend, please RSVP to to the Fire Department at 928-777-1700 to allow the City to properly accommodate those attending. More details can be found here.