Become a Volunteer Firefighter
Do you have passion, compassion, humility and commitment? If yes, then you could be a volunteer firefighter.
- Passion for serving your community
- Compassion for those needing your help
- Serving others and not feeding your ego
- Commitment of time and energy
Types of Volunteers
There are two types of volunteer firefighters:
- The community volunteer who lives in or near the fire station and plans to service his/her department for years
- The reserve firefighter who lives elsewhere; drives to the department to serve, get training and experience with the goal of joining a paid career fire department. There is no better step a paid career position than through being a volunteer firefighter.
What do you do to prepare to be a volunteer firefighter?
- Take fire science classes
- Become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Be prepared for a background screening and an interview.
Having a mentor as you start your firefighting career is very helpful. This mentor could be a firefighter you already know or one you meet at your fire station.
What is Expected
Here is what is expected of you at your volunteer fire station.
- Training one or two days or nights per week
- Four 24-hour duty days per month at your fire station
- Be able to respond 7/24 if you are community volunteer or whenever extra personnel are needed to a major fire or other event if you are a reserve firefighter.
- Enroll in and pass the firefighting academy and become a driver/operator of fire trucks.