The Wayland Hose Company is an all volunteer organization and we are looking for members. Join us and learn how to fight fires, perform rescues, and more.
Visit us at the Wayland Fire Hall, located at 14 East Naples Street, across from the Post Office. Tuesday nights are the best – all of our meetings, drills, and rig checks are scheduled on Tuesday nights, so members are in the base almost every Tuesday night around 7 PM.
Become a Volunteer!
You may be asking yourself, “Why should I volunteer?” Well, there are several reasons.
First, Do you like to help people? Do you want to help your community and neighbors? If yes, then you may be a good candidate to become a member of the Wayland Fire Department.
Second, we provide our members free training. If you want to learn to be an Emergency Medical Technician, we will help find a class. If you want to become a firefighter, we will put you through the required classes. We run drills twice a month to ensure our members maintain their skills and training.
Third, we are a family. When you join a volunteer fire department, not only are you helping your community, you are also joining a close knit organization. Our members work closely with one another and form strong bonds of friendship and trust.
Fourth, there are some small tax benefits of being a volunteer firefighter or EMT. The town and village provide a small tax credit on your property taxes. There is also a service awards program offered at the state level to reward retirees of volunteer fire departments after a certain number of years of service.
Finally, being a rural area, our call volume is not high enough to offset the cost of a paid fire and ambulance services. If we didn’t volunteer, our property taxes would have to be a lot higher to offset the cost of salaries. We need at least 4 firefighters for each of our fire apparatus and 2 members for each ambulance. A working structure fire would require a minimum of 14 members to respond and 22 members to respond with all of our apparatus. Imagine putting 3 paid shifts of people (32 people) on the budget. Even if their salaries simply matched the lowest paid fire services, it would add over 1.5 million dollars to our yearly taxes.
According to FASNY, the ranks of volunteer firefighters have declined from 140,000 in the early 1990s to the approximately 110,000 current members statewide. Volunteers EMTs have experienced a decline from more than 50,000 to 35,000 during the same period. “The findings of the American Economic Group™s statewide Tax Study Report demonstrates that volunteer firefighters save local taxpayers $2.9 billion annually and that the current volunteer shortage could impact property taxes in New York. ”
In order to maintain our current level of service, we need new volunteers. Please help us help our community, join now.