Specific requirements may vary between departments, but generally speaking you should be:
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.
* If you are under 18, many departments offer a Junior Firefighter or Junior EMT program that allows volunteers to begin training and preparing at an earlier age. Check with your local department to learn if the have such a program. Click here to learn more.