The fire service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions known today. It is this diversity that inspires most men and women to enter the service. Imagine having to train to prepare yourself to cope with situations which range from structural fires, automobile accidents, to hazardous chemical spills, and to almost any imaginable emergency situations in between. Couple this diversity with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of day, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. Bearing all of this in mind, it is evident that our profession is one of the most personally rewarding.

We are here for two basic purposes. The first is to prevent fire from occurring. This is done through fire prevention and fire safety education. Secondly, we are here to prepare ourselves to control fire emergencies should prevention fail. This is done through education, training, pre- incident planning, more training, state of the art equipment, and even more training.

This business is not for everyone. You need more than just a desire to help people. You also need courage and dedication, assertiveness, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. The fire service is one which calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty, dirty strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous environments.

The personal rewards and self- satisfaction each of us receives from fire service are often beyond description. The sense of accomplishments after controlling a building fire, the compassion for accident victims, the fulfillment of teaching fire safety, and the list goes on and on.

The bottom line in our business is measured by the loss of life, pain, and suffering, and property damage we prevented and or reduced. We are here and prepared for one reason and that is to provide service to the people.

If you feel that you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our business, then we welcome you to join us. Firefighting is not for everyone, but volunteering can be.

Contact the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department at 724-773-6713 or email

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