Becoming a volunteer firefighter is a great way to serve your community, but there is plenty you should know before deciding if it’s right for you. The following are frequently asked questions about becoming a volunteer firefighter at Darby Fire Company #1.
Will I get paid?
Unfortunately, no. Darby Fire Company #1 members are volunteers and do not receive financial compensation. However, the training and experience you receive working at the station can help you land a career as a first responder or medical professional. Additionally, our members can help you find a job in a variety of other fields.
How old do I have to be?
Firefighters must be at least 18 years old. However, training members can assist firefighters once they’ve turned 15 years old.
Will equipment be provided?
All of the equipment you will use during training and while on the job will be provided to you free of charge. The training is free also.
How much time do I have to devote as a volunteer?
Volunteers are only asked to give as much time as they can. There are plenty of ways you can help out as a volunteer throughout our station, from becoming an active firefighter, to a fire police volunteer to an administrative volunteer. Active firefighters should expect regular training sessions and the volume of calls depends on the day. Time commitments for fundraising and other support varies.
What’s the best way for me to learn more?
Fill out an inquiry form on this website. Your name and address will be sent to our recruitment committee members. Someone will then invite you to visit to the station to learn more about us.
Can I volunteer without assisting in fire, medical or rescue emergencies?
Of course! Administrative volunteers are the backbone of Darby Fire Company. They help keep us running by doing important work back at the station. We need people with skills in such areas as accounting, logistics, recruitment, business management, event planning, design, education, information technology and more. We’ll find a way to use your talents.