Become A Volunteer Firefighter

Thank you for your consideration in volunteering for the Willard Fire Protection District. To become a firefighter, it takes many hours of training, dedication, and willingness to put your life in danger. Volunteer firefighting is a very rewarding and valuable way to give to your community.

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How To Become A Volunteer Firefighter

To become a volunteer firefighter is a serious decision that you should carefully and thoughtfully consider. It requires hundreds of hours of training and a commitment to services. Here are a few FAQs and resources for you to read and study.

Requirements of a Volunteer

Volunteers are members that are not employed by the Fire District on a full-time basis, but actively volunteer their time for District functions and activities. Volunteer staff members include the following positions

  • Volunteer Firefighter
  • Volunteer Medical Responder

The minimum qualifications to be a volunteer firefighter/medical responder for the Willard Fire Protection District are:

  • Must be minimum age of 18 and under the age of 65
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance
  • Must have a good driving record
  • Must have no felony convictions and no class B (or greater) misdemeanor convictions in the last 10 years.
  • Must successfully pass a background check
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Reside inside the District. (preferred)

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift, move, and climb ladders
  • Must be able to climb through rafters, on roofs, and through small spaces
  • Must be able to open and close valves and be able to advance with charged hose while discharging water
  • Must be able to carry heavy loads up and down stairs
  • Must be able to run and drag hose
  • Must be able to hear alarms and respond
  • Must be able to effectively communicate via two-way radio and over the phone
  • Must be able to grasp and effectively use hand tools such as chain saws, pike poles, axe, rope, shovel, etc.

Other Requirements

  • Meet department training requirements (12 hours quarterly). Training every Monday night at 7:00pm. Additional training opportunities are offered via internet, shift training and through local, state and regional courses.
  • Meet minimum shift requirements (60 hours quarterly). Shift requirements are from 7am -6pm and from 6pm to 7am, 7 days a week.
  • Members should respond when available, to stations when called in for station coverage. This occurs when first out units are on large-scale calls, including fires, major car accidents, or other incidents that require a unit to be out of service for a significant length of time.
  • Participate in other department events as required or available. These include, but are not limited to, community events, public education, and event stand-bys.

Volunteer applicants must be approved by the Fire Chief and the Willard Fire Protection District Board.