Membership in the Gassville Volunteer Fire Department is strictly voluntary. Anyone is welcome to apply. Those who wish to become members must attend a monthly meeting and fill out an application. Once the application is approved the new member is welcome to begin his/her probationary period.
All new members must sign a “loyalty oath” to the department, its’ members and the City of Gassville before becoming a probationary member.
New members are subject to a 90-day probationary period. During this period the probationary member will be issued their personal protective equipment, furnished a pager and a key to the firehouse, furnished a copy of the SOG’s and be informed of meeting dates and times.
Probationary members will not be allowed to vote in elections of officers, on new members or on business pertaining to the fire department.
Probationary members will be able to begin responding to calls on a limited basis.
Probationary members are expected to refrain from driving emergency vehicles until they have completed their probationary period, been installed as a full member and been approved to drive each vehicle or apparatus by the Fire Chief.
Becoming a Full Member
After completion of the 90-day probationary period, the probationary member will be presented before the entire department for acceptance. At the next full meeting after the completion of the probationary period where a majority of members are present a vote will be taken to approve or disapprove of membership. At this meeting the Chief will ask the probationary member to leave the meeting room. The Chief will then ask for discussion about the probationary member and then will ask for a secret ballot of the members for approval. The probationary member will then be informed of the decision.
After approval the new full member will enjoy all of the rights and privileges of any other full member including voting, responding and driving (with the Chiefs’ approval).
The City of Gassville pays all members of the department for their responses to calls. Members get paid $10.00 per call for all fire and auto incidents and $5.00 per call for all medical incidents. Members also receive $10.00 for each meeting they attend. Each member will receive a check on a quarterly basis.
Equal Opportunity Membership Policy
In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Gassville Volunteer Fire Department does not discriminate in its acceptance of potential candidates based on race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, handicap, or unfavorable discharge from military service. This policy applies to all membership decisions including: recruitment, selection, promotion, training, pay, discipline, separation, GVFD activities and any other terms and conditions of membership with the GVFD.
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