Why Join the Volunteer Fire/EMS Service?

Make an Impact in Harford County

Norrisville VFC
  • Have you ever heard a siren or seen a fire engine – and wondered what was happening and wished you could help? You can.
  • Have you ever witnessed or come upon a motor vehicle accident – and wished you were trained and could help save lives? You can.
  • Have you been there when someone was stricken with sudden illness – and wanted to assist? You can.
  • Are you looking for new lifelong friendships, challenges and rewards? They are waiting.
  • Do you want to become involved in your community? This is your opportunity.

The fire and EMS service is one of the most diverse and challenging vocations today. It is this diversity that attracts so many men and women to join our ranks.

Different people volunteer for different reasons. Action oriented people enjoy the excitement and adrenaline rush that emergency services has to offer. Some see the volunteer fire service as an alternative to ‘driving a desk by day’ – by allowing them to ‘drive a fire truck or ambulance at night!’

Many like the feeling they get when they help people in their time of need and some feel it’s their obligation to serve the community. Yet others just want to belong to the team. Whatever motivates you to volunteer – everyone gains the self-satisfaction of being at their best when others are dealing with what is often the worst that life has to offer.

Imagine having to prepare yourself to cope with situations that range from structure fires to childbirth to hazardous chemical spills to heart attacks to almost any imaginable emergency in between. This diversity is coupled with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of the day or night, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. Yet these same factors contribute to our profession being so personally rewarding.

We realize that firefighting & EMS is not for everyone, but we believe that volunteering can be. There is plenty of work to be done on or behind the scenes, too.

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from what we do is often beyond description. There is the sense of accomplishment when you control a building fire, joy and elation when a child is born, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment from teaching fire safety.

The bottom line in our business is measured by the loss of life, pain and suffering, and the property damage we have prevented and reduced.

Volunteering in emergency services is one of the most important decisions you may make. We hope that you give this decision the time and serious consideration it deserves, and decide to join our ranks.

Hear From Our Volunteers...

“I take a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction in volunteering. I do it for me. I love it. The camaraderie, the friendships. Some of my closest friends are ones I made through the department.”

“These people called for a reason. They need you, and it’s important to be compassionate.”

“The benefits outweigh the sacrifice. I can’t imagine my life without the friends I made. That’s worth its weight in gold.”

So Many Ways ...

From fighting fires and responding to medical emergencies to supporting events, providing administrative support and more — Harford County’s volunteer fire, rescue & EMS departments have many ways you can lend a hand. Plus, flexible scheduling!

Firefighters Responding

The Many Benefits of Volunteering ...

Being a volunteer with a Harford County Fire/EMS department brings with it many benefits including a $5,000 state income tax deduction, health, life and disability insurance, LOSAP (Length of Service Award Program), education discounts, housing discounts, and various merchandise and service discounts. But the real benefit? Having an amazing, unmatched positive impact on your community and making a difference every day.

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Ready to Learn More?

Contact Our Recruitment Team Now!