Have you been considering jumping into a volunteer firefighting or emergency medical position? Does the excitement, provided training and ability to effect change in our community motivate you to find out more? Some of the most frequent questions we get are about the requirements for becoming a volunteer and the benefits you receive once you’re accepted.
Requirements for Becoming a Prince William County Fire and Rescue System Volunteer
Let’s start with age; you must be 18 years or older to begin volunteering. A few departments have junior programs, which accept volunteers at age 16 or 17. Check with the specific department you wish to serve in for more information.
Applicants must also be in good health. You will be asked to complete a medical physical during your probationary, or initial, period. You don’t have to be able to run marathons to volunteer, but you will need stamina and a good energy level to work as an EMT or firefighter.
We offer a variety of volunteer positions, from the well-known volunteer EMT and firefighter positions to administrative roles. Our administrative volunteers keep our stations running smoothly, help organize special events, handle mailings, help find grants and more. Before you apply, ask the questions needed to help you determine the capacity in which you’d like to volunteer. We’re happy to speak with you!
Benefits of Being a Prince William County Fire and Rescue System Volunteer
Our volunteers receive a variety of benefits for serving within our organization — some tangible and some not. First and foremost, you receive the benefit of making a difference in your community, along with the gratitude and admiration of our community members.
On the tangible side, PWCFRS will provide you with free fire and rescue training classes to help you rise through the ranks. Whether you wish to become an EMT or a fire lieutenant, we have the training you need to get there. We also provide a Length of Service Award Programs. For every year you are a member, you will receive $10 a month upon reaching retirement age. This means that if you serve for 20 years, you’ll receive $200 a month after you turn 60. It is vested 50% after 5 years and 100% after 10. And if you have a vehicle title in your name registered in Prince William County, Manassas or City of Manassas Park, you will receive a free county sticker and exemption from personal property tax on that vehicle.
In addition to the monetary and training benefits, you’ll receive everything you need to do your job safely. We provide you with a station uniform and all needed personal protective equipment. As a PWCFRS volunteer, you’ll have the chance to develop valuable life and job skills in a hands-on environment.
Come meet new people, learn new skills and serve with us. Contact us to learn more.
Are you looking for a change? Here in Prince William County, the volunteer departments provide fire and emergency medical services to the County’s citizens and visitors during weekday evenings, weekends and holidays. Prince William County’s volunteer fire and rescue departments are seeking motivated individuals who have the desire to make a difference and provide an important service to their community. Learn more now.
- Posted by ATW
- On May 31, 2019
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