Join the West Ridge Fire Department

By becoming a member of the West Ridge Fire Department, you will have the opportunity to serve and volunteer to your community.  The West Ridge Fire Department is one of the busiest fire departments in Erie County, averaging over 100 calls a month and over 1,200 a year.  Also by becoming a member, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends and learn new skills.  Some of the skills that you will learn are firefighting science, rescue operations, various level of medical training, and numerous other skills.  Besides running fire and medical calls, you have the opportunity to travel to various fire/rescue/ems expos, attend numerous department-wide functions like the annual banquet, 5th Monday picnics, and the annual corn roast.  All equipment and training that you will be required to obtain are provided and paid for by the West Ridge Fire Department. 

Benefits of Joining the West Ridge Fire Department?

A Second Family and Life Long Friendships:  At the West Ridge FD, you will find that the fire department is a second family to you.  Whether you are staffing the firehouse or visiting the local mall, members of WRFD share a common bond.  That common bond is to serve their community.  You will also have the chance to establish friendships that will last a lifetime.  The West Ridge FD is an organization where you will feel rewarded for serving your community. 

Events Year Round:  Every year, members along with their guests are invited to and always enjoy the annual rewards banquet held in the Fall season.  Other events held throughout the year are a night out at the Erie Seawolves game, several picnics held at the picnic shelter behind Station 47 along with being able to participate in several parades throughout the year.

Training:  Members have the opportunity to attend training, whether local, regional, state or nationwide FREE of charge.  The training could include seminars, conferences or hands-on with instructors from throughout the region or nationally. 

Fitness Program:  Firefighting is a tough profession.  That being, the West Ridge FD participates in a program where if a member chooses to join a local fitness center, WRFD pays for 1/2 of the cost to join. 

Quarterly Incentive:  Every 3 months, the members have the opportunity to receive an incentive if they reach a certain point plateau.  If enough points are earned by the end of the year, their name is entered into a contest for a cash prize.

Types of Membership:

  • Active Firefighter
  • Junior Firefighter
  • Auxiliary

Ready to Join?

If you are ready to join or would like more information on joining, feel free to stop by the fire stations Monday evenings at 6:30pm.  Any of the members would be able to answer any question(s) you may have.