Respond!

AVFD is recruiting now

It's three AM...

You're sound asleep.

Now, a booming voice breaks the silence of the volunteer bunk room.

A neighbor needs help. Lights on, get dressed quick, time to answer the call.

Responding quickly through the dark, lights and sirens piercing the early morning calm, signaling the hope of help on the way. You answer the call, and make a difference. Time to head back to the station, for the next emergency is only a 911 call away.

Will you answer the call?

Arundel Volunteer Fire Department is actively recruiting for all positions: firefighters, EMTs and administrative personnel.

No experience required

All training is provided free of charge by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. In-house company training will help you hone your skills

Ready to join our team?

AVFD is an organization like no other that provides experiences available no where else. If you are ready to join our team, fill out an online application and we will be in touch with the next steps.

Apply Now!

Like to know more?

Feel free to contact our membership coordinator at membership@arundelfire.com


Frequently Asked Questions

What training is required to be a firefighter?

Successful completion of Firefighter I (MFRI - 108 hours) state certification, in addition to the following required courses:

  • NIMS 100, 200, 700 (FEMA - online)
  • Haz Mat Operations (MFRI - 24 hours)
  • CPR for Health Care Providers (AHA - 8 hours)
Classes are normally held on evenings and weekends to accomidate students with full time jobs.

What training is required to be an EMT?

Successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician B (MRFI - 165 hours), in addition to the following required courses:

  • NIMS 100, 200, 700 (FEMA - online)
  • Haz Mat Awareness (MFRI - 12 hours)
  • CPR for Health Care Providers (AHA - 8 hours)
Classes are normally held on evenings and weekends to accomidate students with full time jobs.

Do you have to be an EMT or Firefighter to volunteer with AVFD?

AVFD has need for both riding and administrative volunteers. As a self-managed fire department, our members are responsible for all aspects of running the department. So even if you are not interested in jumping on an engine or ambulance, we can use your help!

Is there an application fee?

Yes, AVFD requires an application fee of $45, which covers the cost of your first year's dues and an AVFD T-shirt, which will be presented after you are voted into probationary membership

Are there benefits to volunteering at a fire department in Maryland?

In addition to being a part of an awesome team doing a job available no where else? Yes!

  • Free Training: All firefighting, rescue and emergency medical training is provided through AACOFD and University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute ( MFRI )
  • Retirement: Length of Service Award Program ( L.O.S.A.P. ): $250.00 a month after 25 years of service and reach 50 y/o. (Ask for details )
  • Scholarships: For college students through county and state organizations and tuition reimbursement opportunities are available.
  • Tax Deduction: Immediate Deduction on mileage, uniforms, etc. and $3,500 Maryland State tax break incentive for volunteers after 3 years of L.O.S.A.P. ( Ask for details )
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Approximately $2000.00 in uniforms and turnout gear provided. ( Returned upon resignation )
  • Insurance: Life, Workman's comp. and Disability
  • Events: Annual spring banquet, Summer Picnic, Christmas Party, State and County conventions.
  • Team: A great sense of community and serving a good cause
  • Leadership: Opportunities for advancement and responsibility on both the operational and administrative side of the AVFD
  • Family: Camaraderie and lifelong friendships

Does AVFD have minimum volunteer time committments?

Yes. For riding members, it is expected that you spend at least 24 hours per month at the station ready to respond to emergencies. Adminstrative members are required to be active on a least one company committee, and regularly staff company events and fundraisers