The BFPAD is always seeking new members to volunteer and join our department. While a predominant number of active members range from young to middle age, members of all ages are welcome. Aside from firefighting and EMS we have our younger generation of Beulah Fire Cadets, and for those who choose a less physical path we have our Beulah Fire Auxiliary and Support Services roles. The department does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, age, or sexual orientation and opportunities within the organization are equally available to everyone meeting established criteria.
Making a commitment to serve as a Volunteer Firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician is a serious decision. We ask that you take the time to read a little about what we do and get the basic facts about being a volunteer member. While this will not answer all possible questions about membership, it will provide you with some basic facts about the most important areas.
We are here for two basic purposes. First, is to attempt to prevent fires or medical emergencies from happening whenever and wherever possible. We accomplish this daunting task through fire prevention, inspections, engineering, fire safety education, and code enforcement programs. Secondly, we are here to prepare ourselves for an all hazards approach should prevention fail. This is done through training, pre-incident planning, more training, state-of-the-art equipment, and still more training. This business is not for everyone; you will need more than just a desire to help people. You also need courage and dedication, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges.
Every day, in every community, emergency responders answer the call of our families, friends and neighbors who are in need of assistance. From car accidents to heart attacks, from house fires to technical rescues, emergency responders are there to protect lives and property.
Emergency responders are a special type of people, with many different reasons for answering the call of duty. Some like the challenges and the adrenaline rush, while others like to sharpen their emergency skills and techniques. Every one of them answers the call so that they can help someone in need.
Today's emergency responders do far more than put out fires or bandage wounds. Emergency responders are the first line of defense in natural and man-made disasters. They respond to vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, specialized rescue situations and a vast array of emergency medical complaints.
National average shows that EMS calls make up for 90% of a fire based EMS call volume. That means 9 out of 10 calls are medically related the other call may or may not be fire related.
Once all the minimum training requirements and competencies are met, a firefighter will be expected to perform the complete range of duties expected at a variety of incidents. Active members respond to calls for assistance with saving lives and property. Firefighting & rescue work involves exposure to physical exertion, extreme heat, hazardous atmospheres and conditions, heights, potential risk of injury in performing duties or handling equipment. Those participating at fire/rescue scenes, training exercises, drills, and performing other non-emergency duties, should be physically fit to the degree that they are able to perform the tasks necessary to accomplish the demands without creating a considerable life safety burden to fellow members or the public to which we serve.
Firefighting (including rescue work) can be spontaneously physically demanding covering short or prolonged periods.
Anyone considering becoming a firefighter should evaluate their own physical and mental limitations and give serious consideration to the personal risk involved and, if necessary, discuss any concerns with a member of the department prior to submitting an application.
Currently each firefighter is required to complete an arduous pack test annually to become or remain a firefighter.
MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE AT TIME OF HIRE
MUST LIVE WITHIN THE BEULAH FIRE PROTECTION AMBULANCE DISTRICT RESPONSE AREA
MUST HAVE A COLORADO ID
MUST HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT
SUCCESSFULLY PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK (Felonies and select misdemeanors may be ground for application rejection)