75% of the Firefighters in the United States and 94% of those in Washington County are unpaid Volunteers.
Part of the benefit to being a firefighter is the positive team-centered work environment. You serve with other firefighters to rescue victims from car accidents, extinguish raging fires and respond to many other types of emergency situations. Someone always has your back. Working together as a team creates a sense of community that encourages camaraderie and lifelong friendships. You will earn respect from everyone who learns you are a volunteer. You will gain immense pride from your accomplishments and the knowledge and skills you acquire from your training. And, of course, there is little that can compare to the satisfaction that comes from doing an important job well while contributing to the security and welfare of your community.
A post-secondary education isn't required to apply for a position as a firefighter, in fact you can volunteer as young as age 16. Firefighters must maintain a high standard of physical fitness to be able to perform efficiently on the job.
Benefits of becoming a Volunteer Firefighter in Washington County, MD
Free frefighter and EMT Training Through MFRI
Being a part of something bigger than yourself
A profound satisfaction in saving lives and making a difference
Pride in your accomplishments
Maryland State Income Tax Subtraction of $3,750.00 in 2015 (For Qualifying Volunteers)
Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) - A monthly Cash Award after 25 Years of Service
Workmens Compensation Benefits should you be injured as a volunteer