What Does It Take To Become A Volunteer?
Specific requirements may vary between departments, but generally speaking you should be:
- At least 18 years of age. There is no maximum age, with less physically demanding duties, such as administration or dispatch, available to older volunteers.
- In good physical health. This, of course, is relative to the duties you will be called upon to perform.
- Of sound moral character and prepared to fill a position of responsibility and trust.
While not strictly requirements, experience shows us that successful volunteers are usually caring people who are concerned about their community and enjoy working as part of a team. You should also be the type of person who enjoys being challenged and learning new skills.
Fire and EMS companies typically require recruits to be local residents although, because of the strong bonds that are built with their fellow volunteers, some choose to continue serving even after moving out of the district.
For details on the requirements in your area, speak with the recruitment coordinator at your local fire department or EMS unit.