Q: How much training is involved?
A: Training is dependent upon your participation within your company. Each company has its own requirements but all volunteers have the opportunity to start at with the basic classes and continue through advanced levels. EMT is approximately 4 months long, and Firefighter is approximately 5 months long.
Q: What does the training cost me?
A: Training is provided to all our active volunteer free of charge.
Q: Can I work full-time and still volunteer?
A: Yes! The majority of our volunteers work full-time and/or go to school full-time. We offer training classes on nights and weekends so volunteers can obtain the necessary trainings and certifications. Some classes are available online too!
Q: How much will my protective clothing cost me?
A: Necessary protective clothing and equipment is provided by the volunteer company at no cost to you. Some stations may also provide duty uniforms or uniform stipends.
Q: Are volunteers compensated for their services?
A: Volunteers don’t receive direct compensation. However, there are tangible and intangible benefits of volunteering. Contact us to find out more about benefits
Q: Are there any age restrictions?
A: The minimum age to join a company is 16 year old. Each station has different age requirements. Some stations have explorer programs that accept 14 year olds. There is no maximum age restrictions.
Q: Do I need to live in Loudoun County to volunteer?
A: No! You do not need to live in Loudoun County to volunteer, in fact many of our volunteers live outside of Loudoun County.
Q: Is it possible to focus my participation and specialize in either fire or emergency medical services or do I have to do both?
A: Some companies are either fire or rescue companies (EMS) and some are both fire and rescue. Each company has their own requirements. Regardless of your preference there is a volunteer station for you!
Q: Is there a medical examination?
A: For your safety and the safety of your fellow firefighters and EMTs an entry medical examination is required for all operational volunteers and some administrative members. The exam is paid for by the County. Optional annual physicals are available to all members free of charge.
Q: What if I have previous trainings?
A: Virginia has agreements for reciprocity with several states for the acceptance of both fire and EMS certifications. Loudoun does require the completion of a challenge exam if you obtained your EMS certification outside of Loudoun County.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Fill out an interest form, or call/text 571-442-2801.