Firefighters and EMS personnel needed
Help your community in a very important special
way and help protect your family and neighbors.
What we offer
The Wantagh Fire Department has available to its members many schools
and training courses that can help in individual start a career. We
offer our member the opportunity to become and Emergency Medical
Technician (EMT) or a Firefighter, as well as a Hazardous Materials
Technician or Underwater Search and Rescue Diver.
WFD offers a great social environment that allows you to meet new people
and make new friends. Ever year WFD hosts a July 4th Picnic , a Holiday
Party and a Department Drill where members compete against each other to
show off their skills, Members have the opportunity to play on the
Department Softball Team and to attend various golf outings and parades.
There are many other dinner events members can attend where food and
music are top rate.
Whats Involved if I join
Members perform a variety of tasks including fire prevention, public
education, weekly trainings, community events and emergency response.
Emergency calls come at all hours day or night. Firefighters and
firemedics bust be able to get themselves to the firehouse, dress in
their protective equipment, get onto emergency vehicles quickly and
without incident when responding to an emergency call. Emergency calls
can include structure fires, ambulance calls, auto accidents, brush
fires, water rescues, hazardous materials incidents, and any other
emergency the community needs for us for. All calls, regardless of type,
must be responded to quickly and professionally.
Firefighting is one of the most physically demanding occupations there
is. Fire fighters must enter burning structures, search for victims,
find the source of the fire, and determine the best way to extinguish
the fire. While performing firefighting functions firefighters carry
anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds of equipment including protective
equipment, breathing apparatus, and tools. Firefighters are often
required to cut locks, and break windows or doors to gain entrance to a
structure. Climbing ladders is also an important part of firefighting in
order to rescue victims and ventilate smoke. Operating high pressure
hose lines to extinguish the fire is also an important part of
firefighting. Members must be able to drag carry or hoist hose lines not
position for operation.
Emergency medical treatment is an important service we provided by the
Wantagh FD> members attend training for months in order to become a NYS
Certified Emergency Medical Technician. Once a Certified EMT, member
respond on the ambulance to all types of emergency calls which make up
over half of our alarms annually. In addition to alarm response,
ambulance personnel attend various EMS stand bys at different community
events such as High School football games and community carnivals.
WE Need YOU!!!
For over 100 years, in the cold of winter or heat of summer, the Wantagh
Fire Department has been there to answer your call for help, quickly and
professionally. Now, were asking YOU to answer the call. Join now to
become part of an organization of men and women just like you, dedicated
to helping their neighbors.
We offer many benefits including:
Property tax reduction
Eligible for Volunteer Firefighter Tuition Assistance Program
Gym membership discount
Chance to be a Hero & to Save a Life
Explorer Post 690
The Wantagh Fire Department Explorer Post 690 was first chartered by the
Boy Scouts of America on March 22, 1999.
The purpose of Explorer Post 690, is to a unique opportunity for 14 to
18 years of age firsthand experience in emergency services. The goals of
the Wantagh Fire Department, as the sponsor of the Post, is to encourage
these youngsters to strengthen their interest in the fire service and at
age 18, join the ranks of the Wantagh Fire Department.
The Wantagh Fire Department supports this goal by providing an
opportunity for the Explorers to learn more about the science of fire
fighting and emergency medical services. Each meeting, training is
provided by members of the Wantagh Fire Department. Classroom
instruction and hands on training in many of the facets of fire fighting
and emergency medical services are provided at our training facility.
Explorers learn the terminology and scientific principles of the fire
fighters role in the fire service when in the classroom. They attend
lectures by experienced fire fighters, view videos of actual fire and
emergency situations and then go outdoors to participate in hands on
experiences under the strict supervision of experienced fire fighters.
Each year, topics of Emergency Medical Services, Vehicle Extrication,
(including the use of Air Bags, Hand Tools and Power Tools), Engine
Appliances & Extinguishers, Hazardous Materials Operation, Ladder and
Truck Tools, are some of the scheduled training sessions.
Through the course of the school year, Sept. thru June, Explorers are
exposed to many of the probationary course topics that all fire fighters
must take and pass. This includes everything except indoor live fire
training. Explorers utilize the same personal protective gear that EMT
and firefighter use, including Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
Explorers are certified each year in CPR/AED and First Aid, through the
Nassau County Emergency Medical Services Academy. They may become a NYS
certified First Responder and/or Emergency Medical Technician, if the
The Explorers are involved in other activities. The Explorers
participated in the Fire Prevention Program by assisting with
demonstrations. They march with the Wantagh Fire Department in the
Memorial Day Parade, July 4th Parade and the 6th Battalion Parade. The
Explorers have been active in assisting at many of the department
The Explorers participate in several Musters. They have put together a
team to compete against about 15 other Explorer Posts or Juniors. Some
of the events are running hose, ladder climbs, efficiency, etc. Over the
years, they have won many awards TROPHEY in 2006.
In the summer, the Explorers participate in the Putnam County Fire
Explorer weekend. They camp out and meet and socialize with other
youngsters from all over the region. On Saturday, they participate in
skills training. Sunday, they participate in a skills competition
usually based upon the prior days training at the Putnam County Fire
Explorers who have gone on to join the ranks of the Wantagh Fire
Department, as well as careers in the Emergency Services field measure
the success of the program. Since the Explorer Post's beginning, many
Explorers have joined the Wantagh Fire Department. A few have become
EMTs. Others have been elected to firematic officers.
The program provides Explorers with career options and exposes them to
the world of Emergency Services.
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