Membership Application Process

  1. Fill out the membership application form. This will be submitted online to MTVFD. You will be contacted by a member of MTVFD in a timely fashion.

  2. Obtain a PA State Police Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) clearance. Select “volunteer” as the reason for applying and the application fee should be waived. The document will be provided to you immediately at the end of this step’s process.

  3. If you have been a resident of Pennsylvania for less than 10 years, an FBI criminal background check is also required. Obtain an FBI Identity History Summary Check. As part of this, you will require to supply fingerprints. This is described on the FBI application webpage. You will have to pay for this, but will be reimbursed by MTVFD. The document will be processed in 3 to 5 business days after this step’s process is completed by you.

  4. Obtain PA Child Abuse History Clearance from the PA Department of Human Services. Select “volunteer” as the reason for applying and the application fee should be waived. This step takes 2+ weeks.

  5. When all required clearances are obtained, make a copy of each to provide to MTVFD Human Resources. These documents are confidential and will be appropriately secured.

  6. If you wish to drive MTVFD vehicles, you must obtain a PA Driver History from the PA DMV. Click on the blue “Driver History” box and follow the instructions. You will have to pay for this, but will be reimbursed by MTVFD. The document will be provided to you immediately at the end of this step’s process.

  7. Applicants who are intending to become Brigade members are required to undergo a medical fitness check. You will have to pay for this, but will be reimbursed by MTVFD.

In any or all these clearances were obtained within the past 5 years for another volunteering position or employment, you may use them in lieu of a new check. All background clearances must be renewed every 5 years.