The Nederland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is an organization
of the City of Nederland. The NVFD, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 Texas
Corporation. The NVFD is allotted 17 firefighters and the
members of the organization supplement career firefighters in fire safety
education and fire suppression.
America's volunteer fire service was founded over 200 years ago and
volunteer firefighters are still the backbone of the United States fire
service. Volunteer firefighters save taxpayers of this community
thousands of dollars each year.
Today's society has put many pressures on the volunteer fire service.
Recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters has become a significant
problem all across the United States. Today's economy has caused
many families to have both spouses working full time jobs just to make
ends meet. Time is the "enemy" of today's volunteer firefighter.
With State mandated training, many family responsibilities, and job commitments,
qualified people just cannot seem to find the time to volunteer.
We have started a unique Recruitment & Retention Program for
our volunteers. Members are paid $10.00 for each incident up to two
hours and $20.00 flat for any incident over two hours. They are also
paid $5.00 for a weekly two hour training session which leads to
a Basic Volunteer Firefighter Certification. Certified volunteers
are paid $12.00 for each incident up to two hours and $24.00 flat for any
incident lasting over two hours.
We are always recruiting new volunteers to become part of
the organization. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter,
please contact Chief Gary Collins or Asst. Chief Terry Morton at (409) 723-1531.