Expectations and Requirements

for Volunteer Membership

Our firefighters and EMS providers work under the supervision of a company officer and are expected to function effectively as part of a highly trained team. They are also expected to perform their duties under adverse and physically demanding conditions that may pose a high risk of personal injury or exposure to a variety of hazardous conditions.

All firefighters are required to attend regularly scheduled training to maintain the high level of knowledge, skill and ability necessary to function safely and effectively as a firefighter in accordance with state law, local protocols, and Department standard operating guidelines.

The performance of our volunteer firefighters and EMS providers is continuously evaluated by company officers for general knowledge, skill proficiency, and ability to work as part of a team. Any opportunities for growth are addressed through coaching, mentoring and remedial training.

Fayetteville Fire & EMS offers a lot of great reasons to serve but the expectations are both significant and achievable. Once you’re accepted as a probationary member, you are expected to:

  1. Complete initial fire training, EMS training or both
  2. Continued professional development through in-house, county, state, and national training opportunities
  3. Participate in a duty crew (equivalent of (12) hours/week plus (1) Saturday rotation every six weeks or 550 duty crew hours per year)
  4. Duty crew expectation include but are not limited to:
    • Apparatus & Equipment checks
    • Answering alarms and responding to emergency calls and requests for assistance
    • Training
    • House chores

What We Expect of Each Other

Although no previous experience or training is required, you need more than just a desire to help people. You need courage and dedication, assertiveness, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. Our service is one that calls on its members to perform hot, sweaty, dirty, strenuous work, often in uncertain and hazardous environments.

Specifically, we are seeking women and men from all backgrounds and walks of life who are team players and who:

    • Demonstrate a sincere desire to selflessly serve others with compassion and respect
    • Deal with the public courteously and effectively
    • Respect each other’s role and contributions to the organization
    • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    • Understand and execute specific orders or instructions and follow rules and regulations
    • React quickly and calmly in a stressful and hazardous environment
    • Promote and adhere to all applicable safety guidelines – we work in potentially hazardous conditions where mistakes can lead to serious injury or loss of life.
    • Recall facts and conditions observed while under severe physical and emotional stress.