Q: Will I get paid?
A: As a Lancaster County volunteer firefighter, you will not receive financial compensation for your time. However, the experience and training you will receive can help launch a career as a paid first responder or medical professional. Some departments also offer free gym memberships, community discounts, etc.
Q: Do I need firefighting or rescue experience to join?
A: No! We offer all the training necessary that will help you to realize your passion and develop your skills –from determining the right tools and techniques to fight a fire to using the most state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll gain the skills you need to make a difference while keeping yourself safe. If you have prior experience or training, it will help you advance through the qualification process quickly.
Q: How much time is required of me as a volunteer?
A: As a volunteer, you are only asked to give as much time as you can. There are many positions to be filled throughout our stations, whether as an active firefighter or non-emergency volunteer. All tasks are equally important and all contribute to the safety and well-being of the community. Active firefighters can expect weekly training sessions and varying call volume depending on their local fire station. Other time commitments for fundraising and other support vary from station to station.
Q: How old do I have to be?
A: In order to become a firefighter, you have to be at least 18 years old. However, many fire companies have junior firefighter or cadet programs available for volunteers under the age of 18 to begin training with and assisting full firefighters. Junior firefighters receive training and perform duties as allowed by the Pennsylvania Child Labor Laws.
Q: Is equipment provided to me?
A: Yes, all of the equipment you will use during training and while on the job will be provided to you free of charge.
Q: What if I don’t want to fight fires?
A. There are plenty of ways to help your local fire station even if you don’t want to fight fires. It takes more than firefighters to run a fire station. We need people to direct traffic at accident scenes, help with fundraising, fire safety education, maintenance, accounting, clerical support, human resources, grant writing and web development, and this is not a full list of opportunities. If you have a skill or specialty, your local fire station can find a way to use it.
Q. How can I find out more?
A. Fill out the inquiry form on this website and check off the Volunteer Associate box. Your name and address information will be furnished to the fire station in proximity to you. They will call you directly to discuss volunteer opportunities.