What it Takes to Volunteer

Becoming a Volunteer

If you’re ready to serve your community in an impactful and meaningful way, you have just about everything you need to get started. Your local department may have some specific requirements, such as a high school degree, a physical, and a background check. But when it comes down to it, volunteering with a fire or EMS department is all about having the heart and drive to make a difference where it’s needed most. Use the Find an Opportunity option at the top of this page to contact your local department to learn more!

Learn What You Need On The Job

When you sign up to be a fire service volunteer, you'll receive all the training you need. Depending on your department's needs and the role you choose as a volunteer, you'll learn skills to help your community during emergencies of all kinds. For operational volunteers, this may mean responding to fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, natural disasters, and more. Support volunteers will assist in non-operational roles, such as administration, public education, fundraising, and more. See the FAQs for more information.

Don't See an Opportunity Near You?

If you want to serve your community as a fire service volunteer but don't see the right opportunity currently listed, use the form below to sign up for our email list. We'll send you notifications of new opportunities in your area. You can unsubscribe at any time. You can also contact your state fire association.