Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Membership FAQs

  • Company Membership is composed of Brigade Members who are emergency responders and non Brigade Members who are responsible for providing administrative and fire safety education.
  • All Company Members have the same requirements for attaining and maintaining membership. Brigade Members have additional training requirements.
  • Probationary Company Members are new members who have not yet met length of service and participation (point based) requirements to be elected to Active Membership.
  • Be a Probationary Member for more than 6 months but no greater than 24 months.
  • Within any 6 month period of probation, participate in a minimum of:
  • • 4 monthly Business, Board, or Exceptional Department Meetings,
  • • 5 official Committee Meetings, and
  • • 4 Work Nights.
  • Once the above requirements are met, the Board may recommend the individual for Active Membership. Final approval is granted based on a secret ballot at the next scheduled Business Meeting.
  • Over the course of the Company year (October 1st – September 30th), participate in a minimum of:
  • • 4 monthly Business, Board, or Exceptional Department Meetings,
  • • 5 official Committee Meetings, and
  • • 4 Work Nights.
  • These requirements are not the sole criteria for MTVFD Active Membership eligibility.
  • Brigade Members are responsible for responding to emergency calls.
  • An Interior Firefighter may enter the interior of involved structures while performing firefighting duties.
  • Requires successful completion of “Essentials of Firefighting” modules “Introduction to Fire Service”, “Fireground Support”, “Exterior Firefighter”, and “Interior Firefighter” (with Structure Burn) at an approved fire academy or provide satisfactory evidence of comparable training.
  • Firefighter I Pro-Board Certification is strongly recommended.

  • An Exterior Firefighter limited to the exterior of involved structures while performing firefighting duties.
  • Requires successful completion through “Module 3” (“Exterior Firefighter”) of the “Essentials of Firefighting” program at an approved fire academy or provide satisfactory evidence of comparable training.

  • A Support Brigade Member responds to emergency calls and provides support to the Interior and Exterior Firefighters.
  • The scope of the support is based on the Support Brigade Member’s interests and meeting the appropriate qualifications.
  • An example of a Support Member’s duties might be traffic control.
  • Be an Active Department Member in good standing.
  • Successfully complete at least 6 months of active duty as a Probationary Brigade Member.
  • Successfully complete IS-100.c and IS-700.b.
  • Complete thirty (30) hours of training during the Brigade qualification year.
  • Attend at least five (5) regularly scheduled MTVFD trainings.
  • Training must also include the following each Brigade qualification year:
  • A Probationary Brigade Member is working toward meeting the qualifications to become a Brigade Member.
  • Be a Probationary Member or Active Member in good standing.
  • Enroll or intend to enroll in “Essentials of Firefighting” at a fire academy or a program of comparable training.
  • Enroll or intend to enroll in HAZ-MAT training at an approved fire academy or in a program of comparable training.
  • Receive approval of the Training Officer, or his/her designate, that acknowledges the member’s commitment to meeting their training obligations.

  • Brigade Members and Support Brigade Members may also be Driver/Operators by meeting additional qualifications.
  • Complete EVDT with the appropriate Driver Trainer as defined by the Brigade’s driving policy. The Chief Officer must approve all Drivers/Operators. Annual Recertification is required in subsequent years.

  • A Junior Brigade Member is:
    Between the ages of 16 and 17.
  • Intends to become a Brigade Member after the age of 18 (when all training requirements are met).
  • Exact duties are determined by the Chief Officer and by State and Federal regulations.

  • Be an Active Department member in good standing.
  • Successfully complete at least 6 months of active duty as a Probationary Brigade Member.
  • An Associate Brigade Member is a firefighter whose primary (home) membership is with another department.
  • Acceptance as an Associate Brigade Member is subject to the Chief’s review.
  • Provide certification from the Chief of their home department of membership in good standing.
  • Have at least one year of service at their home department.
  • Complete training that meets or exceeds MTVFD training minimums.
  • To remain eligible, they must respond to a minimum of 10 calls or at least two hours of time on station for 10 separate occasions in a Qualification Year.

  • A Life Member has accumulated 15 years of service as an Active Member.
  • An Affiliate Member is a member who has failed to meet the participation requirements of Active Membership.
  • An Honorary Member is an individual with outstanding service rendered and/or providing unique, essential services.
  • No. You do not have to live within Township boundaries.
  • However, if your goal is to become a Brigade Member, you will need to live or work within a reasonable distance from one of our fire stations so that you may respond to incidents within an acceptable period of time. Station #1 is located at 270 Northgate Drive in Warrendale. Station #2 is located at 465 Knob Road, near Knob Hill Park.
  • Since non Brigade Members don’t respond to incidents, living or working in close proximity to one of the fire stations is not required.

  • The time requirements to maintain Company Membership are quite modest: 2-3 hours per month.
  • A Brigade Member will spend more time fulfilling training requirements and responding to emergency calls. Details are described elsewhere in these FAQs.
  • Company Members will participate in non Brigade activities. The type and frequency of participation will be based on the Member’s interests.
  • Many members far exceed the minimum requirements, but this is by choice rather than by mandate.
  • No. Members are encouraged to respond to calls whenever possible, but there is no on-call duty schedule. Over 500 incidents are responded to over the course of a year.
  • No. MTVFD pays for all approved training and equipment costs. Most is paid directly by MTVFD. Any costs that you incur will be reimbursed.
  • Station 2, located at 465 Knob Road, near Knob Hill Park has living quarters on the second floor. This consists of three private bedrooms and a common area including full bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, and recreation room.
  • Live-ins who participate in this program live here rent free.
  • Live-ins who participate must submit a schedule of on call times weekly (minimum 5 hour shifts totaling 40 hours per week).
  • During on call times live-in’s are expected to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week performing non-call fire department duties.
  • No. MTVFD is an all volunteer organization. No one gets a salary.
  • Certain member incurred expenses will be reimbursed with proper documentation and the necessary approvals.
  • If you are injured while performing MTVFD duties, you are covered by workers compensation. Depending on circumstances other coverage may apply as well.
  • If you are driving an MTVFD vehicle performing Department duties (emergency response or otherwise) and in a traffic accident, you are covered by MTVFD’s insurance policy.
  • If you are driving your personal vehicle to one of MTVFD’s stations to perform Department duties (emergency response or otherwise) and in a traffic accident, you are covered by MTVFD’s insurance policy.
  • An annual comprehensive medical checkup is available to you free of charge.
  • Term life insurance may be provided to you free of charge one year after you are sworn in as a Probationary Company Member.

Community Outreach and Fire Safety FAQs

  • Yes. We love coming to children’s parties, birthdays, neighborhood block parties, or company events. See our Community Outreach page.
  • Yes. MTVFD offers a wide range of programs to help prepare the community for an emergency. More information is available on our Fire Safety & Prevention page.
  • This type is generally more responsive to flaming fires.
  • They have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm.
  • This type is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”).
  • They have a light source that is aimed into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm.
  • Each type has its advantage. Home fatal fires, day or night, include a large number of smoldering fires and a large number of flaming fires. You can not predict the type of fire you may have in your home or when it will occur.).
  • For best protection, use both type of detectors or combination detectors that use both ionization and photoelectric technologies.
  • Put a smoke detector in every sleeping quarter.
  • Put a smoke detector on every floor of your home.For best protection, use both type of detectors or combination detectors that use both ionization and photoelectric technologies.
  • Put a smoke detector as close to the center of the ceiling as possible.
  • Acceptable locations are no closer than 4″ from side wall. You may mount on the wall at least 4″ from the ceiling, but no more than 6″ from the ceiling.