Specific requirements vary between departments, but generally speaking, you must be:
- At least 16 years of age. There is no maximum age, with less physically demanding duties, such as administration or scene support, available to older volunteers.
- In good physical health. This, of course, is relative to the duties you’ll 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.
For details on the requirements in your area, speak with the recruitment coordinator at your local volunteer fire department.