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Published: Sunday, 06 May 2018 21:00


Volunteering as an EMT/Firefighter is an incredibly gratifying and rewarding experience.  It's an opportunity to serve your community and provide lifesaving services to those in need.  Have you ever thought about volunteering?   Have you ever wondered what it would take or what the experience would be like? Below is an overview of the process to become a volunteer EMT/firefighter.  Please read all the way through and evaluate if the opportunity is right for you. 

Becoming a member of HVFD

Step 1: Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and contact information.  

Step 2:  An application will be emailed to you.

Step 3:  A member of HVFD will contact you after reviewing the application to set up an interview.

Step 4:  Post application/interview, you will be asked to attend a monthly business meeting to introduce yourself to the membership at which time the membership will consider you for probationary membership.


Your first year as a volunteer

The first year is a serious time commitment.  Upon being accepted as a probationary member, you'll be enrolled in VBOC (Volunteer Basic Orientation Class) which will introduce you to the fire/rescue service and give you a fundamental overview of the job.   Upon successful completion of VBOC, you'll be enrolled in EMT Class.  EMT class is typically 6-9 months in duration and meets 1 weekday evening and 1 weekend day per week.  In addition to class, it is also expected that you ride as an observer on the ambulance once per week to practice the skills you learn in class and to learn on the job.  You should expect to spend two evenings and one weekend day per week at the fire station.  Yes, it is possible to get through this first year and have a full time job, but it's not easy, and we want to make that clear before you apply.

Once you complete EMT Class, you'll begin running calls under the supervision of a preceptor.  Upon completion of all your calls, you will have to pass a written, oral, and practical exam at which time, you'll become a charge EMT!  From application to becoming a charge EMT of an ambulance is a 1 to 2 year commitment.  


Additional opportunities

After you becoming a Charge EMT, the learning and training doesn't stop.  You can remain a Charge EMT or decide to pursue additional opportunities including:

  • Ambulance Driver
  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic

All of the training you receive will be at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Academy and will be free of charge.