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.
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)
- 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.
- 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.