Application for Membership


Dear Neighbor,


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Tully Hose Co. #1. Since 1895, members of our community have stepped forward to provide emergency services. We welcome you to join that tradition of nearly 120 years!


Being an effective emergency service provider involves dedication and training. Carefully review all the information in this application packet including the minimum first-year training requirements and our expectations of volunteers. Be sure to consider other commitments in your life as you read through this packet. If you feel you will not be able to meet the requirements at this time in your life, you are welcome to apply at a later date.


Review the application procedure listed in this packet. After you submit your application and other paperwork, an interview will be scheduled.


If, for some reason, you do not hear from us within two weeks of submitting your completed application, call Station 1 at 696-6414 and leave your name and phone number for the fire chief to contact you.


Thank you,

The Tully Hose Co. #1 Recruitment Committee


Our Organization

This fire department serves the entire Village and Town of Tully. Our total primary response area is about 27 square miles. We also provide mutual aid for surrounding fire departments when requested. Recently, we have averaged about 120 fire calls each year. We operate out of 2 fire stations: Station 1 is on Railroad St. (fire and EMS) and Station 2 is on Rt 80 in Vesper (fire only).

We are a corporation that operates for the Tully Joint Fire District. There are both career staff and volunteer members that operate for the Fire District. You are applying to be a member of the Tully Hose Co. #1, Inc. and will volunteer to the fire department as a member of the company.


Expectations of Our Volunteers

  • Always prioritize your family first, your employment second, and the fire department third.
  • Meet the minimum first year training requirements as specified (i.e. state courses).
  • Seek out additional training as appropriate in the future.
  • Take all your training seriously and represent this department well.
  • Attend drills to develop and practice your skills.
  • Respond to emergency calls and use your skills for the benefit of others.
  • Attend meetings to be current on issues in the fire department.


 What You Can Expect From Us

  • You will have a mentor assigned to you during your first year.
  • Monthly meetings with your mentor and/or an officer during the first 6 month probationary period  to discuss your progress.
  • Quarterly meetings with your mentor and/or an officer once you are released from probationary status
  • The opportunity to participate in local, state and national training seminars and classes
  • The opportunity to participate on committees (i.e. Recruitment, Purchasing, History etc.)
  • The camaraderie and fellowship associated with being a member
  • Enjoy the intrinsic rewards when you help your community as a knowledgeable, skillful, efficient and productive emergency service provider.


Your Orientation

Orientation to the Tully Fire Department begins shortly after your application is accepted by the current membership and the Board of Fire Commissioners. The orientation covers the basic requirements that must be completed before you may fully participate as a member. Your attendance at all scheduled sessions is vital to your membership.


All new members must complete the orientation program as scheduled before proceeding to other training.

  • Membership Orientation .................................... 6 hours
  • Hazardous Material Awareness .......................... 3 hours
  • OSHA Training ................................................. 6 hours
  • NIMS & ICS Online Courses ............................. 4 hours
  • CPR & First Aid ................................................ 6 hours
  • Intro to Critical Incident Stress Management…...1 hour
  • Workplace Violence/Sexual Harassment………..1 hour


After orientation, you will be placed on a probationary status for the first 6 months. During this time the following criteria must be met in order for you to be removed from probationary status:

  • Must have a Physical Examination by the District Physician at no cost to you.
  • Must attend a minimum of 6 hours of drill per month unless you are attending a state class.
  • Must complete applicable state course(s) (i.e. Fire Police, Scene Support, FF1) if available. If   not then as soon as one comes available in Onondaga or Cortland Counties.
  • Must attend 1/3 of the company meetings during the 6 month period


Department Drills

Regular attendance at weekly drills is the best opportunity to train with your fellow firefighters and accrue time for yearly training requirements. Each drill usually lasts approximately 2 hours. Drills are held on Mondays at 6:30 pm. Occasionally, additional drills are available on weekends. This is usually dependant on the resources available to use such as acquired structures, burn

towers, etc. Weekday drills are held by on-duty crews for those available.



The fire department business meeting is held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at Station 1for all members. This is in place of the regular weekly drill. The meeting is important to communicate various changes to the operations of our department. It is time for discussion of Hose Company business or operational related topic.


Application Process

There are a few basic steps that you must complete before we consider your application.

You need to complete the criminal background check form and have it notarized. A notary is often available at local banks and government offices. You should not sign the form until you are with the notary.

To review, you need to submit the following to the Chief’s mailbox at Station 1:

  • completed and signed “Application Questionnaire”
  • completed, signed, and notarized “Onondaga County Criminal Background Check” form;


After we receive those documents, we will proceed with your application.

The Committee will conduct reference checks and secure the results from the Onondaga County Criminal Background Check.


The President will present your application at the next Tully Hose Company Meeting. There is a one month waiting period to allow the criminal back ground check to be complete. The President will present your application for membership again during the next meeting, where the Company members will vote to except your membership. It will then be presented to the Board of Fire Commissioners for there approval.

Once you have been accepted you will receive a phone call from a member of the Fire Department, which will be followed up with a formal acceptance letter.


Privacy Notification

Section 94 of the Public Officers Law (personal privacy Protection Law) requires that you be notified of the following facts when information which will be maintained in a record system is collected from you.

The authority to request and confirm personal information about you is found in Article 6 of the Executive Laws of New York State.

The information obtained will be used:

  • to determine your qualifications for the position for which you are applying;
  •  released to the fire chief and your potential supervisors; and
  • be maintained in your personnel file (if you become a fire department member) or in our resume file for six months (if you are not a fire department member ).  Failure to provide the information or authorization will result in your application not being considered for our membership. The information will be maintained by the Secretary and / or Membership Committee Designee of the Tully Hose Co. #1 Inc. 1 Railroad St. P.O. Box 127 Tully N.Y. 13159. 315-696-6414             




Main Functions

  • Ensure a safe scene for firefighters and medical personnel by controlling traffic and crowds.
  • Respond directly to scene utilizing your personal vehicle.

Minimum First Year Training

  • Orientation Program (as listed in packet) ........... 27 hours
  • Fire Police Training Course ............................... 9 hours



Main Functions

  • Responding immediately and safely to emergency calls and requests for assistance;
  • Attending emergency incidents including, but not limited fires, road accidents, floods, bomb incidents, and spillages of dangerous substances;
  • Some specific tasks include roof ventilation, ground ladder use, power and hydraulic tool operation, and forcible entry.
  • Rescuing trapped people and animals;
  • Minimizing distress and suffering, including giving first aid before ambulance crews arrive;
  • Safeguarding their own and other people's personal safety at all times;
  • Responding quickly to unforeseen circumstances as they arise;
  • Cleaning up and checking the site after dealing with an incident;
  • Taking time to become familiar with local streets, roads and buildings around their own and nearby fire stations in order to respond to emergency calls with the utmost speed and efficiency;
  • Inspecting and maintaining the appliance (fire engine) and its equipment, assisting in the testing of fire hydrants and checking emergency water supplies;
  • Undertaking drills and physical training and taking part in training on techniques, use of equipment and related matters;
  • Maintaining the level of physical fitness necessary to carry out all the duties of a firefighter;
  • Maintaining links with the local community and educating and informing the public to help promote Fire Safety.

 Minimum First Year Training

  • Orientation Program (as listed in packet) ........... 27 hours
  • Firefighter I Course ............................................ 78 hours
  • Firefighter Survival Course ................................ 9 hours

 Further training through state courses is highly encouraged.



SCENE SUPPORT (Exterior Firefighter)

Main Functions

  • Perform fire scene operations outside of structures.
  • Place water on fire from outside of structure, connect hoses to hydrants, place ladders and lighting around a scene, perform some rescue operations with additional training.


Minimum First Year Training

  • Orientation Program (as listed in packet) ........... 27 hours
  • Scene Support Course ........................................ 27 hours

Further training through state courses is highly encouraged.



Main Functions

  • Drive fire apparatus in emergency mode to incident scenes and provide water supply to fire hoses.
  • Control all aspects of the apparatus including rescue tool pumps and scene lighting.
  • Perform as a Scene Support Firefighter when not operating apparatus.


Minimum First Year Training

  • Orientation Program (as listed in packet) ........... 27 hours
  • Scene Support Course ........................................ 27 hours
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation Course................ 15 hours
  • Pump Operators Course ..................................... 24 hours
  • Apparatus Driving & Pump Practice .................. until cleared for that vehicle                     

Additional training through state courses is highly encouraged.