Department - Mission Statement
The Rush Fire Department is a public safety organization that provides
fire, rescue and emergency services to a diverse community. We are committed
to the preservation of life, property and the environment. Through education
and public awareness programs, we enhance the quality of life and the
safety of the citizens we proudly serve.
Positions available in the Rush Fire Department:
1. Firefighter - This is the primary position for all members of the
Department. The firefighter responds to emergencies which threaten the
safety of citizens or their property. The firefighter receives basic
and advanced training in preparation for emergency response. The firefighter
also receives protective clothing and gear suitable for emergency situations.
All firefighters also receive training and certification in basic Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) techniques and Auto Defribulator (AED) use.
Medical Services - Firefighters who are interested in Ambulance duty receive
additional training and can become certified in New York State as a CERTIFIED
FIRST RESPONDER (CFR-D), or as an EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT-D).
With this additional training firefighters can serve the Rush community
by assisting residents who become ill or are injured.
3. Fire Police
- Firefighters may be called on to provide traffic control or help with
management of bystanders during an emergency evolution. The Rush Fire
Department provides the special training required in the state of New
York for a person to be sworn in as a Fire Police officer.
4. Rescue Operations
- Firefighters may participate in additional training which would qualify
them for special roles in auto extrication, water related rescues, remote
area related rescues, and rope rescue operations. These special qualifications
increase the value that a firefighter brings to the community of Rush
and to the Fire Department.
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Rush Fire, Rescue and Ambulance Operations:
1. Requirements - Members are required to complete an Orientation to the
Rush Fire Department, a Physical Examination, and attend training programs
(drills) offered throughout the month.
a. Orientation to the Rush Fire Department consists of several video tapes
and reviews of Rush Fire's guidelines for responding to emergencies.
b. New Member requirements include
(first year requirement)
·attend at least one drill per month, attend at least two business meetings per quarter.
Accumulate at least 90 activity points per year, of which 45
must be from response to fire or emergency calls (two points are awarded
per call response and per training session; one point is awarded for business
meetings, parades, and special details).
c. Firefighter Physical Examination is provided by the Rush Fire District.
Examination requirements are available from the Rush Fire District
d. Training and Drills include the NYS Basic course in firefighting as
well as Rush Fire Department's Monday night drills. Drills are held on
the 2nd, 3rd, and optionally 4th Mondays of each month. Special drills,
local, county, regional and state seminars are available throughout the
New Membership Applicant Overview:
2. Issued Equipment - Members are issued equipment listed below. This
equipment is intended for the use and safety of firefighters. An inventory
of all issued equipment is taken once each year. An alert pager is issued
to notify firefighters of emergency calls needing a crew for response.
Protective clothing is issued which includes firefighter "turn out"
gear and safety goggles. Uniforms and jackets are issued for parades or
3. Benefits - Members receive benefits listed below.
a. Each active member is insured under the Volunteer Firefighter Benefit
law (VFBL) while on active duty. Additionally the Fire Department provides coverage
under an accident insurance policy.
b. A group life insurance coverage is provided after the new member completes
their orientation and physical examination that covers them both on duty
and off duty of $25,000..
c. Periodic physical examinations are provided free of charge.
d. A physical fitness assessment and physical fitness program are provided
to all members.
Social Activities and Functions:
1. Monthly Business Meetings - are held on the 1st Monday of the month
2. Annual Meeting and Election of Social Officers -is held on the 1st
Monday of December. This is a dinner meeting.
3. Annual Fund Drive - is held in May.
Rush residents are sent a fund drive letter to raise money for the purchase of EMS supplies and for
the planned replacement of the Ambulance and Rescue vehicles.
4. Firemen's Carnival - this is another fund raising event held in July.
Firefighters are asked to assist in set-up, operation, and tear-down of
5 Past Officers Banquet - this is a social event held in March of each
year. Firefighters are asked to join their comrades for a festive evening.
Spouses are welcome.
6. Clam Bake - this is a social event held as a celebration of successful
Fund Raising activities. The clam bake is held in September and spouses
7. Inspection Dinner - this is a social event sponsored by the Rush Fire
Commissioners following the annual inventory of issued gear. It is held
8. Parades - these events are held at other Volunteer Fire Departments
in the area throughout the spring and summer. Special parade events in
the town of Rush include the Memorial Day Parade and the Rush Firemen's
Carnival Parade. Firefighters are asked to participate.
9. Committees and Sponsored Organizations - these committees include
relief, membership, fire prevention and many others. The sponsored organizations
include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers.
10. Fire Prevention and Education - the Rush Fire Department conducts
special education programs at Leary Elementary School. These programs
introduce safety tips for children, and acquaint children with firefighters
on a personal basis.
11. County, Regional & State Conventions & Seminars - firefighters
attend the meetings and social events representing the department.
13. Defensive Driving Class - Member receives 10% off their vehicle insurance
for 3 years. (6 hour class).
13. Others - Such as Bowling competitions, Softball, Bed races and any
other fun activity that we can muster a team for are usually sponsored
by the fire department.