WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

THE PROCESS

So you’re interested in becoming a member of the Echo Hose? The basic requirements to join are simple.

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • Must reside within 10 miles of our station; 379 Coram Ave | Shelton, CT

If you meet those requirements, your next step is to fill out an application for membership. This can be done online (HERE) or in person. A $20.00 application fee will be collected at some point during the process. Upon receiving your application, a company officer or investigation committee member will contact you to schedule a time for you to come in for a tour and interview. Don’t stress over the interview, as it is more of an informal meeting to learn about who you are and why you would like to join our company.

Once the above has been completed, you will be required to pass a medical examination and background check. Upon successful completion of each item, your application will come before the company. Once accepted by a favorable vote, you will officially be a member of the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co.1 and your journey as a Shelton Firefighter will begin.

MEMBERSHIPS

SOME REQUIREMENTS

Attend alarms, drills, meetings, work parties, fundraisers, and company events. Perform your assigned firehouse chore and learn the apparatus  equipment. Respect the public – Being a firefighter is an honor and a privilege. Being issued a badge doesn’t mean you deserve special treatment.

DO WHAT IT TAKES

As a probie you will have specific duties, know what they are. Stay physically fit – Firefighting is one of the most demanding jobs in the world. Be accountable – The only person accountable for your actions is you. If you make a mistake, own up to it.

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

Top Responder of the Quarter – Each quarter the Recruitment and Retention Officer will be award the top 5 responders of each company. LOSAP (Length of Service Awards Program) – Attend (6) drills, (3) meetings, and 20% of calls for 3 years. If the company responds to over 700 calls, members must attend 15% of calls. After 3 years you start to become vested. The age to begin collecting is 65. Free Training – The city pays and or will reimburse you for all training. Training classes such as Firefighter III, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer, Water, Elevator Technician, EMT, MRT, etc. The satisfaction of serving your community!

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Having the opportunity to serve your community as a firefighter is an honor and a privilege. On the contrary, firefighting is a business of service. When people are having the worse day of their lives they call us for help. They call us and let us into their homes because they trust us and believe we are professional. If you do not attend training and put forth the necessary effort, you put yourself in danger, your fellow brothers in danger, and the public in danger.