How to Join

We are always looking for new members, and there is always a spot for someone to join and help out! Upper Mountain Fire Co. has different levels of membership to meet the needs of people looking to make a difference in our community.

In order to join our fire company you need to be a resident of our fire district or of any territory outside our fire district which is afforded fire protection by our fire department, or that by reason of your usual occupation you will be available to render active service as a volunteer fireman in our fire district. 

Step 1: What type of Membership do you want?

Active Membership (Firefighters/EMTs)

Members classified as Firefighter Personnel are members who assume the duties of Support Personnel, and in addition, wish to provide Firefighting Services.  These members may possess, but are not required to receive training for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  Members are trained to the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control or the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) qualifications for interior firefighter operations.  These members will appear on the Town of Lewiston Rolls and are required to obtain an annual physical as their duties may require them to perform at emergency scenes.

Associate Membership

The Associate Membership of UMT is deemed as any individual who wishes to serve in a capacity other than those of the Active Membership, particularly in an administrative or committee position.  These members will not appear on the Town of Lewiston Rolls and will not receive an annual physical as their duties will not require them to perform at emergency scenes or complete training.

Minor Member Personnel

A member classified as Minor Member Personnel are members who are a minimum sixteen (16) years of age and have not reached their eighteenth (18) birthday.  These members are provided the opportunity to train, drill, take classes, and respond to emergency operations to complete tasks that do not usually pose a substantial risk of harm.  Participation as a Minor Member is pursuant to written consent of member’s parent or legal guardian.  If consent is withdrawn, participation shall automatically terminate, and member will be honorably discharged. These members will appear on the Town of Lewiston Rolls and are required to obtain an annual physical in order to train, drill and take classes.

Step 2: Application Process

Any individual seeking Membership must first obtain an application.  Once an application is completed in its entirety, and is signed by the applicant (or guardian if applicable), it must be submitted to the Secretary.

Active Membership Interview Process

Applicants applying for Active Membership will be interviewed by the Line Office.  The Line Office will address the applicant’s well being, physical ability, training, certification, and licenses to benefit UMT as an Active Member.

At the conclusion of the interview, the applicant will be informed by letter of the decision of the Line Office in regards to the applicant’s acceptance or dismissal.

If the applicant is accepted by the Line, the Chief will submit a request to the Niagara County Sheriff for a non-fingerprint criminal history background check, for arson convictions and convictions which require registration as a sex offender only, against the State’s criminal history files maintained by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).  Upon receipt of the results, the Chief will request that the Secretary add the applicant to the Town of Lewiston Rolls if the request is returned favorably, or the applicant will be dismissed.  Upon acceptance by the Town Board the applicant will begin his/her Probationary Period and the Chief, or his designee, will then establish a training file and plan for the applicant.  

Associate Membership Interview Process

Applicants applying for Associate Membership will be interviewed by the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors will address the applicants well being, trades, skills, and other potential contributions to benefit UMT as a member.

At the conclusion of the interview, the applicant will be notified by letter of the decision of the Board of Directors in regards to the applicant’s acceptance or dismissal.

If the applicant is accepted by the Board of Directors, the President will request the Chief to complete the Sex Offender & Arson Investigation Request and submit it to the Niagara County Sherriff’s Department for processing.  Upon receipt of the results, the Chief will inform the President, and the applicant will begin his/her Probationary Period if the request is returned favorably, or the applicant will be dismissed.

Admission of Members and Non-Discrimination

Please note, no person or persons have the right to membership in Upper Mountain Fire Company.  Membership may be denied for any reason except that Upper Mt. Fire Co. may not discriminate against an applicant or member on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual preference, or marital status.

UMT Fire Co. has the right to impose additional requirements on membership in order to ensure that members may competently perform their duties, including requirements for age, and physical or mental abilities, taking into consideration the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and the New York State Human Rights Law.  

Physical and Mental Requirements

UMT Fire Co. is required to ensure that members are “physically capable” and “mentally capable” to perform the duties assigned to them.  We will utilize an annual physical by a department physician, and any other examination deemed appropriate, to determine the capability of the member to perform.  The Line Office sets physical standards for each membership classification which will be taken into consideration by the department physician when determining physical qualifications.