The emergency services field is one of the most diverse and challenging professions today. It is the diversity that inspires men and women to enter the service - as volunteers and career employees. Imagine having to train to prepare yourself to cope with situations, which range from structure fires to childbirth to hazardous materials spills to heart attacks, and almost any imaginable emergency situation in between. This diversity is coupled with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of day or night, seven days a week, in any kind of weather and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. These challenges contribute to our profession being personally rewarding.

As emergency responders, we are here for two basic purposes. The first is to prevent fires or medical emergencies from occurring. This is achieved through fire prevention and health maintenance education, inspections, fire safety education and code enforcement programs. Secondly, we are here to prepare ourselves to control fire or medical emergencies, should prevention fail. This is done through education, training, pre-incident planning, more training, state-of-the-art equipment and more training. We are a paramilitary profession working in a "hurry up and wait" environment.

This business is not for everyone. You need more than just a desire to help people. You need courage, dedication, assertiveness, a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. And you need to have the time for training sessions, meetings, emergency calls, maintenance of equipment and other duties. The fire and rescue service is not for meek or timid or for those who lose control during times of crisis. Our service is one which calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty dirty and strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous environments.

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a structure fire, joy and elation when a child is born, compassion for accident victims and fulfillment in teaching fire safety. This list goes on.

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

If you feel you have what it takes to meet the challenges of our profession, we welcome you to join us. To see what the agility test includes, watch the video below:

Contact Information

Kelly Vale
1609 State St
Bettendorf, Ia 52722