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Your community needs you

Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience and one of the best ways someone can make a difference in the community. The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others. Local fire department need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities who are willing and able to respond to emergencies when they occur. Volunteers of all skill levels and abilities are needed to do administrative and operational work as well. Local events will occur with the fifteen selected organizations that will involve the community and provide opportunities for all stakeholders to be engaged in the process.

Learn more about volunteering at a fire department by reviewing the most frequent questions community members have.

Do volunteer firefighters get paid?2018-04-11T14:25:43+00:00

Volunteer firefighters do not get paid, but they can get reimbursed. Reimbursement is usually a small amount of tax-free money for time spent on shifts, responding to calls and training. The amount is usually at the discretion of the department.

What kind of training do I need?2018-04-11T14:27:41+00:00

Once you sign up to be a firefighter or EMT, you will need to be trained. Training requirements vary by state, locality, and department. The time investment in training depends on the level of training and certifications your specific department requires. Fire departments typically provide or arrange for volunteer personnel to receive all required training at no cost to the individual.

In general, volunteers may be asked to complete certification training for one or more of the following: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Operations, Traffic Incident Management, Wildland Firefighter.

Contact your local department to learn what training they require.

Should I start physical training before applying to volunteer?2018-04-18T11:03:01+00:00

Yes, a training program will likely help you achieve the physical standards required by your department. Contact your local department for a recommended list of exercises.

How many hours do volunteer firefighters work?2018-04-11T14:36:32+00:00

Many departments require a minimum number of volunteer hours per month. The exact amount of volunteer hours varies by department.

Who can be a volunteer firefighter?2018-04-11T14:04:13+00:00

If you have the desire to serve and help your community, you can be a volunteer firefighter. You don’t need any prior experience; you will receive the training you need when you join the department. Your local department will likely have specific requirements, such as a minimum age or background check, but these vary by department. If you want to help your community in ways few can, become a volunteer firefighter today.

What qualifications do I need to become a volunteer firefighter?2018-04-11T14:06:14+00:00

This varies greatly from department to department. All departments have a minimum age requirement, though some allow younger members to enroll as ‘explorers’ or junior volunteer firefighters. Most departments also have a physical testing requirement, testing procedures vary from department to department.

What is the first step to volunteering?2018-04-18T11:11:18+00:00

Contacting your local fire department and expressing your interest in joining is the first step to volunteering.

Please fill out our online form if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or volunteering in any capacity at your local fire department. Upon completing the form, your information will be routed to the appropriate department.

Any questions can be directed to vws@iafc.org. Thank you for your interest.

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