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Operational Volunteers
Fire and EMS


Community Risk Reduction
Operations
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Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Operational Volunteers

Our volunteers provide support for weather-related emergencies including

  • earthquakes
  • hurricanes
  • tornadoes
  • severe storms.

Opportunities

 Firefighters*

  • Front-line operational members who are cross-trained and certified to perform both firefighting and emergency medical services duties.

Junior Volunteer Firefighter

  • Members who are 16 and 17 years old
  • Limited emergency response duties

 EMS only*

  • Front-line operational members who are trained and certified to perform EMS duties only
  • May practice duties according to their level of EMS certification

Emergency Operations Support

    • Members who are not trained or certified to perform front-line firefighting or patient care emergency duties
    • May fulfill various support functions at incident scenes. 

Are you Bilingual? 

*Bilingual volunteers needed—especially Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indian dialects and other languages!

Requirements

  • Must be 16 years old
  • Meet minimum health and performance standards
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Pass a drug screen
  • Possess a valid Virginia Drivers License and pass a driving history check
  • Read, write and speak English

For more information, contact Volunteer Recruiter David Tesh or call 804-748-1629.

Get your application here! 

What Our Volunteers Have to Say!

Matt, Volunteer Firefighter/EMT 

Matt started as a junior firefighter and now serves as a captain with Company 10 in Wagstaff. He also is a career firefighter in Stafford county and recommends volunteering first before deciding to make it your career. "It will give you an eye opening experience as to what it's like every day. It really lets you know if this is something you'd like to do." When asked about his motivation to become a firefighter, he said, "It's about putting aside everything for something bigger than yourself for the common greater good … You can step out of an ordinary life and do something extraordinary." As for advice to a new potential volunteer recruit: "The more work you put into it, the more you get out of it. If you hold on long enough, it'll be the ride of your life."

Stephen, Volunteer Firefighter/EMT 

A volunteer firefighter and EMT for Company 4 in Bon Air, Stephen admits that volunteering is a commitment, but one well worth it. "There's a lot of dedication and responsibility that goes along with it ... you've got to show you've got the commitment and interest … but it's extremely rewarding." As a self-employed painter, Stephen appreciates the increased level of trust people give him to work in their homes when he tells them he's also a volunteer firefighter. He says, "I'm proud to tell people I am a firefighter." When asked about how his volunteer experience has affected his life, he says it makes him much more aware of his surroundings and observant of public fire hazards and the placement of smoke detectors.

Jennifer, Firefighter/EMT 

Volunteering in a male-dominated field was initially intimidating to Jennifer, but she quickly learned she had nothing to worry about. She says, "It's a male-dominated field, but women have come a long way. To be a woman and get through it feels like, 'If I can do this, there isn't anything I can't do.' The guys have been amazingly helpful. You aren't a woman or a man on duty; you're an equal member. It's awe inspiring." Jennifer has wanted to volunteer since childhood, having always had an interest in fire trucks and she loves being able to help people. She says, "You could be the difference between how someone's day goes and possibly how someone's life goes. It's a tremendous responsibility." For Jennifer, the most rewarding aspect of volunteering with Company 4 in Bon Air is "finding a second family and a second home … I guess you could call it a sense of brotherhood. I had heard about it, but never understood how a bunch of people could get together and be that close. But after doing it, especially when we have certain calls when you see the worst of the worst and you're there for each other through that, it really does become a family bond and I think that's pretty powerful."