Every week, The Cranberry Eagle will spotlight a local volunteer, providing a glimpse into what makes them tick. QUESTION:What led you to become a volunteer? ANSWER: I became a volunteer because I wanted to volunteer my time and effort to make my community and surrounding communities a better place. QUESTION: In your opinion, what is the single greatest challenge your charity or organization faces? ANSWER: I think the single greatest challenge of being a firefighter would be the scheduling. Obviously, there’s a million classes that are out there to take but you don’t always have the time to take those classes with family, school, work, etc. There are a lot of things one sacrifices to be a volunteer. QUESTION: What is the greatest benefit that you get being a member of your organization? ANSWER: The greatest benefit I get with being a member of CTVFC is knowing that I am making a difference in my community while being a part of the greatest brotherhood there is. QUESTION: How do you balance your time as a volunteer with the demands of work and family life? ANSWER: Balancing my life as a volunteer with the rest of my life is not always the easiest thing to do. Oftentimes, I have to sacrifice hanging with friends and family or missing the family dinner for fire calls and training. QUESTION: What is the biggest reason that someone should consider being a member of your organization? ANSWER: The biggest thing I have to say about volunteering at CTVFC is do it. Not every position requires the “going into burning buildings” role. There is a lot of positions that need filled at the CTVFC, all of which help the community equally. If you would like to nominate a volunteer from your nonprofit/charity organization, simply e-mail us at cranberrynewszoominternet.net. ANDREW BELL ORGANIZATION: Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company OCCUPATION: Full-time college student/full-time sales consultant at Best Buy in Cranberry HOMETOWN: Cranberry Township FAMILY: Father, Tom; mother, Sue; brother, Joe CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY The Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company is a 100 percent volunteer organization established in 1959 providing fire and rescue services to the residents of Cranberry Township. The fire company created a unique agreement with the township in 1981, which transferred the assets of the company to Cranberry Township. As part of the agreement, the township provides financial support for building maintenance, equipment and apparatus. In return the professionals of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company spend their volunteer time training, performing administrative work and responding to emergency calls. This is a unique arrangement in southwestern Pennsylvania, and is a model of cooperation between local government and volunteerism. Membership in the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company is open to all in the area. As with all volunteer organizations, we have minimum requirements to maintain membership. Business meetings, scheduled training, and work nights are scheduled on Tuesday evenings. Once you have been voted “On Probation,” you will be responsible for attending these scheduled events. The probationary period is six months, however if you are considering joining the brigade as a firefighter, based on previous experience and an oral review by the line officers, the probationary period can be reduced to three months. Should you decide to join the company and not the brigade, there are a variety of ongoing projects to which you can attach yourself, such as an extensive fire safety and education program, directed at teaching children fire safety. We intersperse our obligations with social events such as a family picnic, an annual dinner, and Community Day, when we sponsor and participate in events at the Community Park, including a Battle of the Barrel. You will find that the members of the CTVFC take an immense pride in their volunteer service and firmly believe that we make a difference. Benefits received as a member: • Life insurance policy from the Relief Association • Free use of both fire halls, which may be used for parties or fixing and washing your vehicles • Exercise room at the Park Station with all the latest equipment • Free ambulance service for you and your family • Parades all summer long • Self-fulfillment and gratitude from the community • State-of-the-art equipment and gear If you would like to become a member, download the application form, fill it out and drop it off at either of the stations. FACT FILE WEBSITE: www.ctvfc21.org MISSION STATEMENT: It shall be the mission of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company to deliver to the citizens and property owners of Cranberry Township in a competent, professional manner, a combination of proactive and reactive fire, rescue and emergency services that will provide the highest degree of protection from the dangers of modern day emergencies while insuring the safety, education and well being of all members. TO JOIN: Visit the company’s website, download the application form, fill it out and drop it off at either of the stations.