you for your interest in the Great Falls Volunteer Fire
Department. We have proudly served the surrounding community
since 1942 as a functioning enterprise that is very involved in
community service, safety, prevention, and response. We are
currently seeking dedicated individuals who are willing to
devote their time and talents to our organization.
Volunteer Fire Department is one of twelve active volunteer
departments within Fairfax County's Fire and Rescue Department,
a combined system of both volunteer and career members providing
24-hour coverage to each of the county's fire stations. We are
currently looking for Operational volunteers.
The two types of Operational members are EMS-only or EMT/Firefighter.
Serving as a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical
technician (EMT) is a very demanding, yet very rewarding
experience. You will be able to serve your community and help
others most in need. Administrative members provide the
necessary support for operational members to complete their
duties as EMS providers and firefighters. If you are considering
this challenge, you should expect to devote a considerable
amount of your personal time for at least the next two years to
make it worthwhile.
Minimum Requirements to join as an Operational member:
are asked to commit to the following level of participation:
- be at least
18 years of age,
- be a US
citizen or legal alien (must have been in country for at
least two years),
- be able to
pass a physical examination (paid for by department),
- be able to
pass a physical abilities test (Firefighter candidates
- be able to
pass a background investigation.
operational support for a minimum of 20 hours per month,
monthly membership meetings,
training and station drills,
in mandatory community outreach events, and
administrative work, as required.
Becoming a volunteer is both rewarding and demanding and
requires a major time commitment, especially during training.
Members are required to take various mandatory training classes
that include both evening and weekend hours, attend monthly
membership meetings, help with various station events and
drills, be in good physical condition, and participate at least
20 hours a month in department-related activities. However, the
rewards are numerous. In addition to County insurance coverage
and exemption for one vehicle for the Personal Property tax, the
benefits of knowing that you have served your community and made
a difference in others lives is rewarding.
If your job or
school will not permit you to devote the required time and
effort to this endeavor now, you may want to consider applying
at a later time. Because of our investment in time and
we are looking for a minimum 2-year
commitment from our members.
Most stay longer.
required to ride (act in a support role to career staff on
apparatus) at least 20 hours per month and attend monthly
drills. There are additional continuing education requirements
for each certification (EMT, paramedic, etc.). All members are
required to attend monthly meetings on the first Monday of each
provide EMS coverage to many County events, including the
Fairfax Fair, Bull Run Jamboree, Herndon Festival, and Wolf Trap
events. You will be called upon to participate during these
activities. Your participation counts towards your 20 monthly
The benefits of volunteering are many. In addition to the
personal satisfaction of serving your community and supporting
those most in need, volunteers receive:
while on duty,
For additional information, or to apply, please
and fill in the appropriate information. You will be contacted
shortly by a recruiting coordinator.
If you decide that you are interested in joining us, we will set
up at time to meet at the station for a background interview. At
that time applicants are expected to bring with them their
complete application, including:
After the initial
interview is completed, the interview paperwork is sent to the
County for a background check, which may take between four and
six weeks. Upon approval by the Fairfax County background
investigator, applicants are invited to attend our next monthly
meeting where you will be voted in for probationary member
status. Probation lasts for one year.
record obtained from DMV (you need to get this yourself)
(driver's license, passport, or government issued ID card)
Certificate, Visa, Green Card, or Passport
- Copies of
any current Fire and/or EMS certifications
Once you are voted in as a probationary member you will be asked
to set up an appointment at the Occupational Health Center (OHC)
as soon as possible for a physical. The results of this physical
are required for all Operational members. EMTs and firefighters
engage in physically challenging work that requires that you to
be in reasonably good shape. It is highly recommended that
volunteers embark on a physical conditioning regime prior to
entering the Fire Academy. This will not only help ensure your
successful completion of the training, but will allow you to
enjoy the education process more.
You will be provided with the highest caliber of training.
Fairfax County's Fire and Rescue Academy is known as one of the
top training facilities of its kind in the country. Instructors
complete a rigorous training program and bring years of
experience to the classroom and practical activities. All
volunteers receive the same level of training as their career
(Volunteer In-Station Indocturnation Training)
Probationary members will first complete 20 hours of in-station
(VISIT) training, consisting of familiarization with the
station, equipment, apparatus, and procedures. There is a
written and practical exam at the end of VISIT training. At that
time, members are encouraged to purchase the standard uniform
since this is the preferred dress code for Academy classes. The
uniform consists of navy blue pants, steel-toe boots, and a
station polo shirt. All shirts are provided by the department.
Level 1A and
The next training course, Level 1A and 1B, is held at the Fire
and Rescue Academy every other month. Topics covered in this
course include CPR, HAZMAT awareness, blood-borne pathogens,
personal safety, and communications (a total of eight classes).
Administrative members only need to complete training through
Level 1A. Level 1 training usually takes about three weeks to
complete. Operational members are also required to pass the
comprehensive Fairfax County medical examination prior to riding
or further training past Level 1. Once you have passed the
physical, you will be able to obtain your turnout gear and ride
as a Red Hat.
Upon completion of the county physical, VISIT training, and
Level 1 course, you will then go on to EMT-B classes. These
usually last approximately 4 months, with classes held twice a
week in the evening and one weekend day. For EMS-only
volunteers, no further training is required. If you already have
EMT certification (approved by Fairfax County and the
Commonwealth of Virginia) you will still be required to attend
several classes on Fairfax County-specific subjects at the
For those wishing to become firefighters, there is a 5 month
course that must be taken. This class is approximately 320 hours
and meets twice a week in the evenings and on both weekend days.
Completion of EMT-B, EVOC-2, and FF II qualifies a volunteer to
be considered minimum staffing. Minimum staffing personnel are
qualified to fill in for career staff when needed.
(Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course)
Once you complete FF II, or EMT-B for EMS-only volunteers, you
will need to successfully complete EVOC. Upon successful
demonstration of your skills and abilities you will then be
permitted to drive an ambulance on emergency calls.
When you have completed your basic training, you will continue
to train in order to maintain your certifications as an
emergency services provider. If you wish to continue beyond your
basic training there are many avenues for advancement, including
Ambulance Driver, Engine Driver, Ambulance Officer, Engine
Officer, Paramedic, Paramedic Officer, Technical Rescue
Technician, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Ladder Truck
Operations, Rescue Squad Operations, Instructor, and Command
Uniforms and Gear
Probationary members are issued a Station 12 uniform polo shirt
and T-shirt. You will be responsible for buying blue work pants
and a pair of steel-toed black boots or work shoes. The County
will provide you with all necessary Personal Protective