Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much time does it take to be a volunteer?
A. It varies from week to week, but on average you'll put in seven or eight hours. Many volunteers enjoy putting in more.
Q. What will my training cost?
A. It will cost you nothing. Professional training from experienced personnel will be made available to you.
Q. How long will it be before I can make a genuine contribution?
A. Immediately. And your responsibilities will increase as you gain experience and training.
Q. Will I have any out-of-pocket costs?
A. No. Your uniform, equipment – even your annual physical – will be provided for free.
Q. What fire department or EMS unit should I join?
A. You must volunteer for the department or unit that serves the community in which you live. Not sure which one that is? Don’t worry. When you complete our online application we will automatically route it to the appropriate service, based on the home address you provide.
Q. How do I get started?
A. Click here to fill out the volunteer profile form or call us at 877-WE2-WANTU, and we’ll help put you in touch with your local fire or EMS District. Because Districts often overlap town lines, don’t assume that the nearest station is necessarily your local agency – check with us.
Q. In addition to the fire and EMS agencies, are there other ways I can help my community through volunteering?
A. While a definite and continuing need for volunteer firefighters and EMS responders exists throughout Suffolk County, we understand that these two opportunities may not be right for everyone. Should this be true in your case, consider contributing to your community’s safety through one of the following Suffolk County programs: the Community Emergency Response Team, the Medical Reserve Corps, or the Auxiliary Police Department. You can learn more about all three here.