Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Thank you for considering Chesterfield Fire and EMS as a place you would like to volunteer. We have varied opportunities for your consideration. I typically hold a monthly information session in person at our training facility. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are not able to have these, so please find the information below to help you decide if this is an activity you feel is right for you.
While this is a volunteer activity, it is of utmost importance that we are always professional. Professionalism is not measured in whether you get a paycheck or not, it is an attitude of competence, accountability and compassion for others. It is an understanding that our service matters to the system and being responsible for pulling duty on your assigned shifts makes a difference to your fellow crew members and the citizens we serve.
We have two types of volunteers in Fire and EMS: Operational and non-operational. Operational members are those who respond to incidents on apparatus. If front line fire and EMS work is not something you are interested in, please check out other behind-the-scenes volunteer activities you might consider.
Volunteer with us to protect life, property and the environment. Our energy goes into fulfilling this mission for the betterment of the people we serve in our community.
Our guiding principles and values to accomplish our mission are:
- Dedicated to providing high quality service
- Compassionate to those we serve
- Honest in our interactions with others
- Integrity to earn trust and respect
- Courage to do what is right
- Accountability to our citizens, the department and to each other
Always do the right thing. That is not always easy. Sometimes the right thing may not be very popular, or it may not fit into your plan for the day. Do it anyway.
Always do your best. When you truly try your best, you give everything you have. You have probably heard the saying “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” If you give something your best, and come up short, you can still hold your head high with the knowledge that you gave everything you had. That is all that anyone can ask of you.
Treat others as you would like to be treated, or as they would like to be treated. This sounds a lot like the "golden rule." We live in a diverse society and therefore serve a diverse population. Our workforce is equally diverse, and it is our expectation that our members, both career and volunteer, be respectful of differing opinions, lifestyles, hobbies, and the cultures of co-workers and the public we serve.