Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company Announces Recruitment Campaign: Seasonal And All-Year Volunteers Needed To Save Lives

Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company is an exciting place to volunteer!  Fires, water rescues and vehicle rescue calls keep volunteers busy saving lives and protecting property. That is why Ship Bottom has launched a four-year recruitment campaign to grow the volunteer base of seasonal and year-round lifesavers. No experience is needed and all training and gear are provided at no charge.

To kick off the campaign, volunteers participated in a branding process which led the slogan “Neighbors Saving Neighbors from Land to Sea.” The tagline is intended to showcase the range of lifesaving coverage the fire company provides, coverage that spans all the way down to 85th Street with the inclusion of Brant Beach and mutual aid within Surf City.

A new recruitment website, will be used throughout the campaign to learn more about the fire company and the seasonal and all-year opportunities available. Website visitors can fill out a short inquiry form to express their interest in volunteering.  In addition, social media management, yard signs, brochures, targeted face-to-face recruitment program, a recruitment video, and more are included in the campaign.

Ship Bottom Fire Company’s recruitment campaign will run for four years, and comes at no cost to taxpayers. This is being funded in its’ entirety through the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Volunteer Opportunities for Everyone

Whether it is responding to fire calls, rescuing people from cars or the ocean, managing traffic and crowd control at an emergency or helping out at the fire company, volunteer opportunities are plentiful! Residents interested in getting involved should keep in mind that no prior experience is necessary since training will be provided for free.

The following volunteer opportunities are available for seasonal or all-year residents:

Firefighter: Our volunteer firefighters are trained and prepared to handle any situation such as fires, water rescues, car accidents and other emergencies. All training and gear are provided at no charge.

Water Rescue:  Put your lifesaving skills to work as a member of our water rescue volunteer team. In addition to Ship Bottom, our coverage area includes Brant Beach and we provide mutual aid to Surf City.

Junior Firefighter: Teen volunteers will be trained on how to assist on fire calls, run the hose and assist with ladders. Once 18, juniors can become active volunteer firefighters with Ship Bottom or pursue an emergency services career.

Fire Police:  Help bring calm and order to a stressful situation by directing traffic and crowd control at the scene of emergencies.

Administrative Volunteers: Put your talents and skills to work in a non-firefighting role at the fire company or in the community on our behalf. Let us know your interests and we will identify the perfect role for you! Administrative, fundraising, event support truck maintenance and many more opportunities exist.

“We have volunteer opportunities for everyone, whether you live here only in the summer or all year long. Join us, train with us and start saving the lives of your neighbors. There is nothing more rewarding than that,” says Chief Todd MacLennan.

For more information or to fill out an inquiry form, visit