Become a volunteer
Thank you for your interest about becoming a member of the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD). The following information is being provided to help you understand the basic requirements of becoming a first responder in our organization. Several web site addresses are also included to help you obtain additional information and / or training if needed. You must be at least 18 years of age at the time you submit your application for membership for consideration. All applicants are required to complete the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses IS-100 (ICS 100), IS-200, IS-700 (NIMS), and IS-800. These courses can be taken on-line at http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx. Copies of these certificates of successful completion must be attached to the completed application.
We currently review applications for membership three times per year. The deadlines for submitting completed applications are January 1, May 1, and September 1 each year. Applications received on or before 5:00 PM (local time) of the dates above will be reviewed and acted upon during the next WVFD business meeting of the organization which is held on the first Monday of each month. Applications received after the deadline will be held for the next cycle which is approximately four (4) months later. Qualified applicants, that submit a completed application package on-time, will be interviewed by the applicant screening committee prior to any action at the WVFD business meeting. All interviews will be in-person. The application is available below.
If you are applying for collegiate membership, you must possess a Virginia Department of Fire Programs certification for Firefighter Level I or a current Commonwealth of Virginia - Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) certification for EMT-B. If your EMT certification is not issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia, you must obtain reciprocity from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services for an EMT certification received from another certifying authority. Background checks and fingerprint checks are done as part of the application process. You will be provided a blank fingerprint card after your initial interview. Fingerprint cards are to be processed by any Virginia Law Enforcement agency and then returned to the WVFD. You must use the blank card provided by the WVFD.
If you are applying for other than collegiate membership, you must complete the Virginia Department of Fire Programs certification for Firefighter Level I or the Commonwealth of Virginia - Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) certification for EMT-B within one (1) year from being voted into the organization. Background checks and fingerprint checks are done as part of the application process. You will be provided a blank fingerprint card after your initial interview. Fingerprint cards are to be processed by any Virginia Law Enforcement agency and then returned to the WVFD. You must use the blank card provided by the WVFD.
Once you have submitted your application, a member of the application screening committee will be in touch with you. Your completed application and copies of all required documents can be dropped off in a sealed envelope at the Williamsburg Fire Department or mailed to the address below. All applicant packages should be addressed as follows, regardless of if it is mailed or dropped off.
Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department
440 N. Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Click the link below to access the application: