Are you interested in giving of your time and energy to better yourself and those around you? Volunteering at a firehouse has many benefits! Volunteers can choose to pursue roles as Emergency Medical Technicians, Firefighter/EMTs, Hazardous Materials Operations Specialists, and Rescue Technicians, as well as many others.
Not the right time in life to dedicate yourself to taking classes? Consider volunteering in the administrative capacities available at Station 27. Admin members lead our monthly fundraising bingo events, hall rental operations for organizational and social gatherings, perform paperwork administration, and serve on committees. And if you have any other ways that you would like to volunteer your time, energy, or finances, please contact us to let us know what you envision.
Junior membership is available for those under 18! If you are under 18, you can become a junior member of the station. If you are over 16, you are allowed to take the EMT-Basic and the Firefighter I courses with the permission of station leadership and your parents or legal guardians. Even if you are looking for a way to earn volunteer hours that can be applied to your school curriculum, we invite you to assist us with administrative roles.
Here are some general considerations that you should keep in mind:
– Newly voted-in members serve an initial probationary period of six months. It is expected that this time will be spent taking classes and/or learning station operations.
– It generally takes over six months before a riding member (on the county’s database as an eligible first responder) will start staffing the apparatus. It is possible that you could be taken out on occasion to observe field operations while you are a probationary member.
– Classes are offered by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, which is a part of the University of Maryland. These are college-level courses and, in some cases, are equivalent to over six credit hours.
– All training will be provided to you free of cost. You may be required to purchase appropriate clothing such as cotton pants/khakis or a polo shirt. You may opt to purchase other supplies that you simply wish to have to facilitate comfort or ease of duties. There is no startup cost for taking classes, and very minimal required costs associated with long-term volunteering.
– A criminal background search and complete physical will be performed by Anne Arundel County or its designated contractors prior to your staffing the apparatus.
– Long-term volunteers can earn a substantial annual state tax credit after three years of service.
– All members of Station 27 are required to attend a monthly meeting at 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of each month. All members are expected to assist with the monthly bingo fundraiser four months of their choosing each year. All members are expected to pick a weekly duty night and make every attempt at being at the station from 7pm-11pm on that night.
– Most importantly, all members are expected to bring a pleasant attitude and take their role seriously! We have a lot of fun as a team, but our function is to save the lives of those we respond to, as well as protect our own.