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Why Volunteer?

Volunteer to help your community. Our membership are made up of a diverse set of skills, backgrounds, and abilities. Volunteering as an Firefighter or as an EMT is a life changing opportunity and a great way to give back to the community.

If not you, who?  If not now, when?

STVFD is always in need of new volunteers. Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding way to serve your community? Are you willing to learn and train hard, developing the skills that you will use to save lives? Are you ready to become part of a family dedicated to helping others? If so, we want YOU to join our brigade.

Your training will begin on your first shift, when you are given a red Probationary Firefighter helmet. From that point on, you’ll respond to emergency calls with your crew.  As you learn firefighting skills – connecting to a fire hydrant, handling a hose line, deploying a ladder – you’ll be given more and more responsibility on scene, until you earn the black helmet of a full Firefighter.  You’ll learn how to keep a level head and help citizens in our community when they need it the most! 


At the same time, you’ll become part of a family of firefighters.  The camaraderie that exists in the fire service is unmatched.  Our fire station is a place where friends come to hang out or work out.  For students, it’s a (sometimes) quiet place to study.  It’s a place where members take pride in being ready at a moment’s notice.

Steps to Membership


Fill out the interest form below and/or email Someone from the membership committee will arrange a introductory meeting to discuss expectations, timeline, and next steps.

This meeting is very informal and more for you to learn how you can get involved in Fire/Rescue.


Once the introductory meeting is completed, you will receive a link to sign up for ride-alongs.

These are four 4-hour ride-alongs and one 12 hour overnight shift.

Upon completion of the 5th ride-along, the membership committee will be in contact about scheduling preferences and crew assignments.


New members are voted in on the third Monday of every month. Prospective members are introduced to the brigade, voted on and assigned to a duty night.

New members come under review on their third and sixth months. Full membership is granted pending fingerprinting, criminal background check and a Virginia Line of Duty Act (LODA) physical examination.

Schedule a ride-along!

We encourage anyone who is interested in Fire/Rescue to come ride along with a shift.  Your first ride-along should be 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on a weeknight, or any four hour period on a weekend.  


Even if you decide that firefighting isn’t for you, you’ll come away with a better understanding of how emergency services work in your community.  (Plus, we have some great cooks, so dinner is usually top-notch.)


If you decide you want to become a firefighter, our membership process starts with completing 5 observational ride-alongs. These are four 4-hour ride-alongs and one 12 hour overnight shift.

The ride-along process allows us to get to know you, and gives you the time to make sure STVFD is right for you.

To set up a ride along, please fill out the google form below or send an email to for more information!


Anyone over the age of 18, in good physical condition, with the desire to serve their community, is eligible for membership.  No previous experience is required.  All training and equipment will be provided, free of charge.

Upon completion of a Ride-along process prospective members will be assigned a crew based on crew availability and the prospective members schedule.

Members serve one duty shift per week (6:00 PM until 6:00 AM) and one rotating weekend shift every five weeks.

Duty Crews

Day Crew - ACFR Career Staff: Monday Through Friday 0600 to 1800 (excluding holidays)

A Crew - Sunday Nights: 1800 Sunday to 0600 Monday
B Crew - Monday Nights: 1800 Monday to 0600 Tuesday

C Crew - Tuesday Nights: 1800 Tuesday to 0600 Wednesday

D Crew - Wednesday Nights: 1800 Wednesday to 0600 Thursday

E Crew - Thursday Nights: 1800 Thursday to 0600 Friday

F Crew - Every other Friday/Saturday: 1800 Friday to 1800 Saturday

Crews take turns covering the weekend and have either a 24 hour or 48 hour weekend shift every 5 weeks depending if F crew is scheduled. 

Training opportunities

All of our volunteers are eligible to receive Fire-Rescue training at no cost! We do not require any certifications for probationary membership. Classes you can sign up for include:

  • Firefighter 1 & 2

  • Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B)

  • Hazardous Material Operations

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC)

  • Vehicle Rescue Technician

  • Technical Rescue

Current ACFR Course Offerings

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