County firefighters carry a stretcher during a mock vehicle extraction exercise that was part of last fall’s Teen Maze program.

County needs more volunteer firefighters

Gilmer County Public Safety currently is accepting applications for volunteer firefighters. 

“It’s a way people can help their community,” said Russ Hoek, who has volunteered with the department for 23 years. “When people are at their worst, you’re there to help them.”

He went on to explain how volunteers assist with both major incidents and routine calls. 

“(Since volunteers live throughout the county) a lot of times they can get on the scene first,” he added. 

Speaking of his own experiences as a volunteer firefighter, Hoek said, “It’s built into me. It’s become part of me.” 

Applicants will receive training in the areas of interior firefighting, vehicle extractions and emergency medical services first responder skills.

There will be physical agility qualifications as part of the application process. As Hoek noted, “most anybody in any kind of good physical shape” will be able to meet the requirements. 

While the minimum age to apply is 18, there is no maximum age for participation. Hoek observed there are several retirees who currently serve as volunteers. 

After the initial training, which is expected to begin in September, participants are required to complete 24 hours of training each year. 

Interested persons should complete a county employment application, which can be found at under the announcements button. Applicants should indicate “Volunteer Firefighter” in the “Position Applied For” line. 

Submit completed forms to Erin Bradburn at Fire Station 1, 325 Howard Simmons Rd, Ellijay or send by fax to 706-635-1334.

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1076
Ellijay, GA. 30540

Phone: 706-635-4313
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