VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW YORK STATE

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VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN NEW YORK STATE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU

Ordinary men and women are trained to do extraordinary things when they join the volunteer fire service. Browse your county to find departments looking for new volunteers in your community

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We step up for every alarm. We stand up to protect our communities. We honor a great tradition of being the first to respond in times of need. We are New York’s volunteer fire service. Is there a fire in you? Join us in the fight to find out.
There will always be a need for people who care, who help, who heal. As new tragedies shake us and new problems challenge us, we do more than fight fires. Volunteer firefighters are trained and equipped professionally to fight for and protect their communities with pride.

Volunteer firefighters also enjoy tangible benefits, including free training and equipment, tax breaks and essential insurance coverage under the Volunteer Firefighter Benefits Law (VFBL) of New York State. Young volunteers can earn scholarships and tuition reimbursement for college. Everyone gets access to income tax credits, property tax reductions and eligibility for affordable coverage from the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP).

The volunteer fire service isn’t just a calling, it’s a legacy that reaches back to the Volunteer Fire Department of the City of New York. In the centuries since, the volunteer fire service of the State of New York has become a community of first responders ready for any emergency. Join them and become a part of the legacy.

‘I Was Able to Do the Job as Well as Anyone’

She started as an EMT and progressed to water rescue.

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‘It Achieved a Dream That I’d Had Since I Was a Kid’

He showed up at a training night and signed up on the spot.

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‘It’s the Life Lessons That Shaped Me’

He credits the Junior Firefighter program for giving him the passion for the fire service.

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‘It Gives Me a Sense of Purpose’

Having already served her country, she decided it was time to serve her community.

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‘I Always Liked Helping People’

After saving his own home as a teen, he committed early to helping others.

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‘You Never Know Unless You Try’

A single mother of two with a full-time career, she finds the time to do what she loves.

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