FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO CAN BE A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER?


If you have the desire to serve, you can be a volunteer firefighter. You do not need any prior experience in the emergency services; you will receive the training you need when you join the department.




WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER?


Volunteer first responders help their fellow citizens in times of need. Volunteers enjoy a sense of accomplishment, achievement, and pride in the work they do. In addition, volunteers get to learn new skills, make new friends, be a part of a team, give back to their community, and make a real difference.




WHAT WILL I DO AS A VOLUNTEER IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT?


Depending on the role you can provide, the training you receive, and the department’s needs, you may be asked to do some of the following level of training and certifications. Volunteer personnel receive all training at no cost to the individual - Fire Suppression - Emergency Medical Services - Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Response - Search and Rescue - Traffic Incident Management (TIM) and Highway Safety - Public Information and Education - Inspections - Fundraising - Public Events - Recruitment and Retention - Logistics




WHAT IS THE AGE MINIMUM TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER?


Age requirements are 16 as a junior volunteer firefighter.




ARE THERE WAYS I CAN HELP MY LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT WITHOUT BECOMING A FIRST RESPONDER?


Yes, we often utilize community volunteers to assist with the non-emergency tasks of the department. This frees up the firefighters to focus on training and response activities, while enabling community members to provide needed support to help their local department run. Activities may include fundraising, administrative support, book-keeping, translation services, incident pre-planning, community outreach, fire prevention and life safety education, providing rehab at incident scenes, and much more.