Hello Potential Volunteer Applicant,
The Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, UMCVFD, station #14 has a long-standing history of providing fire and rescue services to the community.
UMCVFD is a volunteer organisation. As a volunteer organisation, UMCVFD, in additional to its operational fire/rescue duties, conducts fund raising activities to help support the ongoing needs of the community, the fire station, and its members. Continuing to provide these services requires dedicated members for operational roles and non-operational roles.
Volunteering with the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department is a rewarding experience. Depending on the volunteer category you choose, you may be involved with several or all, operational, managerial, administrative, and fund raising activities.
According to the NFPA, National Fire Protection Association, a 2014 study, published in January 2016, documented that 69% of firefighters in the United States are volunteers.
No experience is necessary. All training and related equipment is free.
Before moving ahead with the application process, please read this information to help determine which volunteer category interests you.
To start training the minimum age is 16 for Firefighter/EMT, and EMS only positions. The minimum age is 18 to provide patient care after successfully completing training and monitoring.
Fire / EMS – You have the opportunity to train as an emergency medical technician as well as a firefighter. The position of Fire/EMS requires the most training, generally 14 months or longer. If you are interested in a career as a firefighter; joining and training as a volunteer, offers a ‘leg-up’ when entering the career hiring process. No experience needed to get started.
EMS Only – You take EMT training and serve as an ambulance attendant. After successful completion of the Maryland EMT training and other station requirements, you are eligible for promotion to a charge EMT. No experience needed to get started.
Auxiliary – UMCVFD auxiliary members serve on the canteen unit, and perform many community outreach efforts including managing the banquet hall, and hosting fund raising events throughout the year. No experience needed to get started.
Administrative – In this capacity, you serve in an administrative capacity, assisting with finances, bookkeeping, recruitment, department events, community outreach, etc. No experience needed to get started.
Operational roles in the Fire & Rescue Service are not for everyone. Operational roles, such as firefighter and EMS, require a background investigation, physical, and training for the first 5-16 months. Training includes classroom training, riding apparatus, and practicing what you have learned in classes and at the station. Additionally, operational persons must attend meetings, and participate in fund raising and community activities.
Non-operation roles in the Fire & Rescue Service require a willingness to help in a variety of tasks, activities and events. Additionally, non-operational personnel must attend meetings and participate in fund raising and community activities. Non-operational personnel must undergo a background investigation.
This is a brief list of the application process steps:
* Submit a completed application.
* Attend an interview at the station. If the interview is successful, UMCVFD membership will vote you in as a probationary member. All new members are probationary for one-year pending successful completion of background investigation, physical if relevant for your role, and successful completion of required training if relevant for your role.
* You will undergo a background investigation. Montgomery County provides the background investigation free to the applicant.
* Operational applicants, firefighter and EMS, will also undergo a physical. Montgomery County provides the physical free to the applicant. The physical is conducted at FROMS, Fire rescue Occupational Medical Services, located in Rockville, MD.
Download our New Membership Flyer below:
Download a UMCVFD Membership Application below:
Or fill out the online form below: