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Membership Requirements

The Department utilizes 4 personnel category types to provide its staffing levels.  They are;
  • Volunteer  no compensation
  • Part Time Unscheduled  Compensated on an hourly basis
  • Part Time X-trained Scheduled  Assigned to a scheduled  shift and compensated on an hourly basis
  • Full Time X-trained Career   Hired through a testing process and scheduled for a 42 hour work week

General requirements for volunteer membership in the CFD are as follows:

  • Age 14-17 to join the Explorer Post
  • Age 18 or older to join as a volunteer member to be a firefighter/EMT/or Fire Police, and 16 to join Auxiliary.
  • Residency requirement to be a volunteer Firefighter or EMT: live in Cromwell or work in town and able to leave to go on calls.
  • Good moral character
  • Possess valid driver's license (Explorer's Exempt)
  • Able to perform the physical duties required
  • Able to pass police background check, DMV check, and physical exam.
  • Successful completion of all required certification training for FF I and II or EMT within 12 months.
  • Ability to continually respond to 20% (fire) 25% (EMS) of Delta, Echo, or All Call responses alerted to according to the Department Emergency Fire Dispatch protocol

General requirements to be a Part Time Unscheduled or Scheduled Firefighter/EMT

  • Unscheduled Part Time Firefighter and/or EMT
  • Live or work within a 20 minute (10 mile) response time to the Town of Cromwell
  • Good moral character
  • Able to perform the physical duties required
  • Able to pass police background check, DMV check, and physical exam.
  • FFI or II certified (according to NFPA) or EMT certified (State of CT or reciprocity)
  • Haz-Mat Ops/Awareness certified
  • Apparatus Qualified Driver/operator
  • Q license or CDL
  • CPAT card preferable (no later than 2 years)
  • Ability to continually respond to 20% (fire) 25% (EMS) of Delta, Echo, or All Call responses alerted to according to the Department Emergency Fire Dispatch protocol
  • Scheduled Part Time Cross Trained Firefighter/EMT
    • Good moral character
    • Able to perform the physical duties required
    • Able to pass police background check, DMV check, and physical exam.
    • FF II certified (according to NFPA)
    • Haz-Mat Ops/Awareness certified
    • EMT certified (State of CT or reciprocity)
    • Apparatus Qualified Driver/operator
    • Q license or CDL
    • CPAT card preferable (no later than 2 years)
    • Ability to be scheduled for a minimum of 18 to 20 hours per week. (cannot exceed 30 hours per week on average)

General requirements for Full Time Career Employment

  • Hired (when there is a vacancy) through a written and oral testing procedure as approved by the Hiring Authority of the CFD Fire Commission
  • The requirements as stated in the provisions for Scheduled Part Time Cross Trained FF/EMT apply
  • CPAT card issued within the past year. 
  • Preference given to PTS staffing already employed with department. 

Additional requirements are detailed on the application form. 

Please fill out the online in-take form below:


 

Membership Categories

If you're already trained as a firefighter or EMS technician, that's great. If you're interested, but not yet trained you can begin as a volunteer.  You will not become an Operational Volunteer until we provide the necessary training to get you up to speed.  In turn you will be required to be an active member and respond to the training, calls, and activities required.

If you perform and remain in good standing, if you choose to do so, you can become a part time employee, but no longer will be allowed to remain as a volunteer.  If you elect to remain as a volunteer and provide your service to the community through your sacrifice that is commendable and the department applauds and supports this process. 

The following operational categories can be filled by Volunteers;

Emergency Medical Technicians: Provide ambulance and emergency medical services. They take at least 140 hours of training, and respond to a wide range of situations including car crashes, heart attacks, injured persons, difficulty breathing, childbirths, and more. EMT's may perform stand-by services, providing first aid at community events, football games, parades, etc.

Firefighters: Provide fire/rescue services -- they respond to everything from brush fires to structure fires, and car crashes to hazardous materials incidents. They spend many hours training and practicing to keep their skills sharp.

If fighting fires or doing ambulance calls isn't your cup of tea, we can use your help behind the scenes as an Associate or Auxiliary member. If you can have any other talent which will help our department, we'd love to hear from you!

Fire Police: Help keep responders safe by setting up traffic controls at emergency scenes. While some fire police members are cross-trained, they generally do not participate directly in firefighting or patient care activities.

Auxiliary: Help the volunteers that help you. The Auxiliary supports and gives aid to the volunteers to the Fire Department.

Explorer: Our Explorer Post 46 is a stepping stone and a great learning point for many teens who would like to give back to our community. They will learn what it takes to be a firefighter or an EMT and the skills required. Explorers wishing to "step Up" to a firefighter at the age of 18 must be a Cromwell Resident.

 

The Application Process

Cromwell Fire Department accepts applications anytime, and new recruit classes begin quarterly. Here is how the application process works.

  • Submit it to the Chief's Office.  Send your completed, signed application to:
    • Cromwell Fire Department
      Attn: Chief's Office
      PO Box 269
      Cromwell, CT 06416
    • You must send the original so we have your signature on file to authorize the next steps.
  • Interview and Background Checks.  Your application will be promptly processed.  Once processed and background check completed, you will be contacted for an interview by a Chief.
  • Physical Exam. If all lights are green to this point, you will receive a letter with instructions regarding a physical exam.
  • New Recruit Training. New recruit classes start quarterly. The group of new recruits completes basic training together, including OSHA-required safety training, orientation to stations/vehicles/equipment, review of policies & procedures, etc. There is a minimum list of items to be completed before you can start to respond to calls, and this can take up to 60 days depending on how available you are.
  • Probation. All new members must complete a minimum 6-month probationary period.  Following successful completion of probation, recruits are submitted to the full membership to vote on acceptance into the department. 
  • EMS Training. New recruits with a primary interest in emergency medical services must complete training as an EMT within the first year.

 

Positions Open Right Now

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Police
  • Auxiliary
  • Explorer

Contact Member Services for further information.