If you are interested in becoming an active firefighter you must be 18 years old, pass a physical exam and background check, and complete New York State’s 79-hour Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations course. All applicants must also live or work within their Fire response district.
Junior firefighters must be between 16 – 18 years old and have the permission of a parent or guardian. To be an active junior firefighter you must also pass a physical exam, other restrictions do apply once you are accepted as a junior firefighter.
To be a volunteer firefighter you must be an adult who is physically able to perform the duties of a firefighter. There are two types of active firefighters: exterior and interior. Exterior firefighters have less training requirements and perform duties restricted to the exterior of a structure or the perimeter of a technical rescue. While Exterior firefighters must complete New York State’s Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations course, Interior firefighters must also complete New York State’s Interior Firefighting Operations course and have additional responsibilities to include entering structures, operating while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus, and performing technical rescue operations.
No, there is no maximum age to join. If you are physically able to meet the medical requirements for the role you are applying for, your application will be considered. Also keep in mind that while you may not meet the medical/physical requirements to be an interior firefighter, you may meet the criteria to serve as an exterior firefighter, a driver, or fire police member. Associate members of course have no physical requirements to serve.
YES! The majority of our volunteer firefighters come to the fire service with no prior firefighting experience.
We provide you with all the emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) you need to be kept safe while responding to emergency calls in our community – and all at no cost to you! We also provide volunteer firefighters with a program of insurance coverage similar to workers’ compensation for medical treatment of fire company duty-related injuries and illness with no out-of-pocket cost to the injured of ill firefighter.