All employees of the Department of Fire and Rescue are required to complete Fire and EMS training and to be proficient at all skills learned in the basic training academy throughout the duration of employment.
You apply to become a member of one of the Volunteer Departments. Each Department has their own membership process. Once you are accepted as a member, the Department will arrange your training and provide you with everything you need to volunteer. Each department has a membership application on their website.
If you are not sure about which Department you would like to join, you can find information about each Department on their websites here.
Firefighter I and II are offered along with other specialized training. EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician – Basic) is also offered. There are other specialized trainings, for example: Vehicle Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, and many more.
Yes and No. Some fire departments will require you to attend their recruit school even if you have current certificates. Some fire departments look for those who already have been trained as a firefighter and/or EMT and have years of field experience.
Volunteers who live in Prince William County can claim one vehicle to be exempt from personal property tax.
Automatic enrollment in the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP), which is a retirement program for volunteers. At the 10 year mark of volunteering, you will be fully vested. For each year of volunteer service, you will be credited with $10 for each year of service once you reach age 60 (Example: 22 years of service x $10 = $220 a month beginning at age 60).
The Volunteer Departments in the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System have insurance that will cover the costs of any injury that occurs while performing your duties while on duty or in training. Each member is also covered for short-term and long-term disability.
All of the in-person training is done at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) located in Nokesville VA. Volunteer Fire Departments hold some in-house training and some training is offered online.