FAQ’s

The G.V.F.D. and Fire Service

Who can be a Volunteer Firefighter or First Responder?

If you have the desire to serve, you can be a volunteer firefighter or EMT. You don’t need any prior experience in the emergency services; you will receive the training you need when you join the department. We do have a few requirements, such as be at least 18 years of age, have a valid license and agree to a background check prior to joining the department. If you want to help your community in ways few can, contact us via website, Facebook or fill out an application at the Geneva Town Hall.

What are the benefits of being a Volunteer Firefighter?

Volunteer first responders help their fellow citizens in times of need. Volunteers enjoy a sense of accomplishment, achievement, and pride in the work they do. In addition, volunteers get to learn new skills, make new friends, be a part of a team, give back to their community, and make a real difference.

What are the minimum requirements I need to meet to be a Volunteer Firefighter?

Our department has minimum requirements one must meet before joining the G.V.F.D.. They include:

  • Meeting a minimum age requirement
  • Having a valid driver’s license
  • Passing a background check
  • Proof of residency within certain geographic boundaries

What is the minimum age to become a Firefighter?

The minimum age to join the G.V.F.D. is 18 years of age.

What kind of training do I need?

Once you are accepted onto the G.V.F.D., you will need to be trained. This includes the required completion and passing of the Indiana State certified training series Firefighter I and Firefighter II, in addition to other State and Federal requirements. All required training will be at no cost to the individual.

What will I do as a volunteer at the G.V.F.D?

– Fire Suppression
– Emergency Medical Services
– Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Response
– Search and Rescue
– Traffic Accident Management
– Public Information and Education
– Fundraising
– Public Events

Are there ways I can help the G.V.F.D without becoming a Firefighter?

Yes, we are always grateful for volunteers and support from the community to assist us with non-emergency tasks of the department. Activities may include fundraising, administrative support, community outreach, fire prevention and life safety education, and much more.

How can I arrange a tour of the fire station?

You may call the G.V.F.D. at (260) 368-7373. You may leave a message with your
name, call back number and the date you wish to schedule the tour. A representative
will return your call.

General Fire and Safety

Who should I call in the event of a fire?

If there is a fire, call 9-1-1. You can call 9-1-1 from any home phone or cell phone.

Who should I call for a NON-Emergency?

You can contact these numbers for any non-emergency:

How often should I replace my batteries in my smoke detector?

Batteries should be replaced every 6 months. A good way to remember is when you change your clock for Daylight Savings in the Spring and Fall, you change your smoke detector batteries as well.

How often should I test my smoke detector?

It is highly recommended smoke detectors be tested monthly.

How often should I replace my smoke detectors?

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years.

What kind of portable fire extinguisher do I need in my home?

There are many types of portable fire extinguishers to choices from. Please refer to the
U.S. Fire Administration for more information. https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

How often do I need to test / replace my fire extinguisher?

Due to the many variations and types of portable fire extinguishers, please refer to the
U.S. Department of Labor for more information.
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/portable_hydro.html

Who do I notify if I want water delivered to my home / farm?

If you live in or around the Geneva area, you can contact or leave a message with the G.V.F.D. directly at (260) 368-7373.

What should I do if I see an emergency vehicle approaching with lights and sirens?

Indiana State law, and common sense, dictates that vehicles yield to emergency vehicles that are operating their emergency lights and siren. When safe, slow down, pull over to the right, and stop. In cases where this may not be possible, simply stay put until the emergency vehicle goes around you. If you are blocking the route of the emergency vehicle, and you are able to pull ahead and over into a clear area, use your turn signal to indicate your intentions, and proceed at a safe speed. For everyone’s safety, attempt to make no sudden moves. If an emergency vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, you should pull over and stop. You are not required to slow down or pull over for emergency vehicles that are responding in the opposite direction on a divided highway. Do not tailgate, “draft”, or follow a responding apparatus closely. Not only is this illegal, you run the risk of collision.

Why do Volunteer Firefighters use blue lights on their personal vehicles?

Members of volunteer fire departments in Indiana may display blue lights on their privately-owned vehicles while en route to scenes of emergencies or to the fire station. This is according to the Indiana Blue Light Law IC Code 36-8-12-11: House Bill 1208

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