How to Become a Volunteer Firefighter
Some of the material on this page is reproduced from “Steps” – Student Training & Education in Public Service. It provides general information to anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter in their local community. Nationally, there is a critical shortage of firefighters and MTVFD is no different. Please note that the information provided here is generic. For specific information about Marshall Volunteer Fire Department requirements, benefits and instructions on how to apply to MTVFD, please visit the Membership Application page on this website.
Becoming a volunteer firefighter is one of the most rewarding and selfless decisions you can make. Volunteer firefighters prevent and put out fires and administer first aid within their communities. Today, volunteers make up 55% of all active firefighters, making it a great first step on the ladder to becoming a paid firefighter. Keep reading to learn what it takes to fill this vital role and find out how you can get started making a difference today.
Understand the duties of a volunteer firefighter.
The duties of a volunteer firefighter span beyond putting out fires and rescuing animals from trees. In reality, volunteer firefighters perform a multitude of important tasks to keep others safe, maintain their equipment, and ensure the department can continue serving their community. Some of the most common duties include:
Understand the benefits of becoming a volunteer firefighter
Most importantly, you have the knowledge that you are providing a critcal service to your community
Are you ready to become a volunteer firefighter?
Contact your local fire department.
One of the first – and most important – things you learn about being a volunteer firefighter is that you can’t go it alone. Researching what volunteering entails and how you can get started is a great place to begin, but getting in touch with your local fire department is the best way to find out all the specifics. Try speaking with the fire chief or the volunteer coordinator and ask about current and future openings with the department. Some of the questions you may want to ask include: