You must be at least 15 years of age to join the Lyme Fire Company.
You can apply by filling out our online application, or by visiting the firehouse on a Tuesday night at 7:00PM. Once you submit an online application an officer will contact you to set up an interview.
Please feel free to stop by the firehouse any Tuesday night at 7:00PM to speak with someone or to get a tour of the facilities and apparatus. You can also visit our contact page to ask any questions and an officer will get back to you shortly.
“Good Samaritan” laws protect unpaid emergency responders who act in good faith and provide the standard of care against lawsuits brought by patients and/or their families.
The Lyme Fire Company will cover you with liability and workman’s compensation insurance if you are injured while on duty.
Candidates who apply for the position of Firefighter may begin showing up to weekly meetings, held each Tuesday night starting at 7:00PM. Candidates will be scheduled for an interview with the two Assistant Chiefs and the Deputy Chief to discuss expectations and answer any questions. After the interview firefighter candidates will be enrolled in probationary training which consists of learning basic firefighter skills as well as familiarization with apparatus and department Standard Operating Guidelines. Once probationary training is complete candidates are eligible for full membership by a vote at the next business meeting.
Candidates applying to be a contributing member will be put on probationary status for a period of six months. During those months the candidate is expected to participate and assist when needed. At the end of the six month probationary period the candidate will eligible for full membership by a vote at the next business meeting.
No. The Lyme Fire Company pays the cost of tuition and required materials for firefighter training courses as long as the member has been in active status. We send our members to a variety of classes all over the state, including at The Connecticut Fire Academy. We also send some members to the National Fire Academy in Maryland each spring for Connecticut Fire Officers Weekend. There are many opportunities for education and training with the Lyme Fire Company.
We prefer our members to become qualified drivers if they are comfortable in doing so. The Lyme Fire Company requires our drivers to be a minimum of 21 years old, complete a “Q” or CDL driving course, and have an annual DOT physical, as well as completing training on each piece of apparatus.
The Lyme Fire Company has a great need for volunteers who can perform a variety of tasks that require no firefighter training. We would not survive without our members who perform tasks that are not related directly to firefighting. There is clerical work, computer support, special fundraising and community events, basic station and apparatus maintenance, as well as our division of Fire Police who provide traffic control at incidents. Anyone who can devote even a couple of hours a week can help keep everything running smoothly and know they are serving all the people in the community in an important way.
No. The Lyme Fire Company will provide candidates the appropriate firefighting gear and safety equipment. Members who meet our “Interior Qualified Firefighter” SOG are measured and receive new bunker gear made specifically for them which includes their last name on the back of the jacket.
The Lyme Fire Company holds community events and fundraisers. Some annual events include our Breakfast with Santa, our Steak Dinner, our Summer BBQ and open house, Our Banquet, fire prevention at Lyme Consolidated School, and the Hamburg Fair. We ask our members to participate by providing support where needed.
Although the Lyme Fire Company is not as busy as a lot of departments, we do respond to every type of emergency. While many can involve motor vehicle accidents, structure fires, car fires, search and rescues, traumas, etc., most consist of fire alarms, CO detectors, and assisting the Lyme Ambulance Association.
The Lyme Fire Company does not have “shifts” and relies on availability of members 24/7. If a major emergency comes in that will overwhelm the resources in town, a request for mutual aid will be made to neighboring towns to assist.
The Lyme Fire Company asks its members to provide as much time as an individual can give as a volunteer. To be qualified for active member status and our incentive plan, members must meet specific criteria based on attendance, training and other factors.
Like most volunteer organizations, turn-over is constant and the Lyme Fire Company must recruit new members to ensure the duty roster is filled. The Lyme Fire Company is an all-volunteer organization. Should the Lyme Fire Company not be able to get enough volunteers to staff the apparatus and fight fires, residents of Lyme would be forced to hire a paid staff. The cost for a typical full time firefighter with benefits would probably exceed $60,000 per person per year.