The Fire and Rescue service is one of the most diverse and challenging vocations today which is why it attracts so many men and women who embrace challenge and diversity to join. Different people volunteer for different reasons. Action oriented people enjoy the excitement and adrenaline rush that emergency services has to offer. Some see the volunteer fire and rescue service as a compliment to their day job allowing them to ride "lights and sirens" nights and weekends. All enjoy the feeling they get when they help people in their time of need as we serve our community. Yet others just want to belong to the team. Whatever motivates you to volunteer – everyone gains the self-satisfaction of being at their best when others are dealing with what is often the worst that life has to offer. We realize that our operational work is not for everyone, but we believe that volunteering is for everyone. There is plenty of work to be done behind-the-scenes as our department is run by a cadre of administrative members from various professional backgrounds. We have two types of volunteers at our department, Operational and Administrative.



  • The satisfaction of knowing that you have donated your time and efforts to being a part of your community

  • The experience to help you excel in any endeavor in your life

  • Critical thinking and leadership skills

  • Personal property tax exemption for one vehicle within Fairfax County

Operational volunteers are entitled to the following:

  • Official uniforms

  • Duty boots allowance

  • Recreation Center accesses

  • Comprehensive physical examinations

  • In-Station lockers


  • Be at least 18 years or older

  • Be a U.S. citizen or current legal resident with at least 24 months of U.S. residency (documentation may be required)

  • Possess a valid driver's license

  • Highschool diploma or GED at time of application

  • Successfully pass a background investigation

  • Meet the minimum age requirement of 18

  • The FCVFRA recommends candidates plan to live locally for at least three years

  • NOTE: Illegal drugs use during the last twelve months, and/or two or more moving traffic violations during the last twelve months disqualify candidates


  • Attend monthly membership meetings in-station the second Monday of the month

  • Attend our annual Open House event in October

  • Attend assigned bingo shifts on Wednesday or Saturday nights (16 per year)

Operational Volunteers are expected to the following in addition to the above:

  • Volunteer at least 20 hours per month/240 hours per year, including completion of mandatory refresher/re-certification training (this does not include the intensive training for EMT-B and fire fighter certification)

  • Attend training and drills as needed on nights and weekends in-station or at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy


  1. Download application online (Click "Apply Now" below)

  2. Attend information session (scheduled via email)

  3. Submit an application

  4. In-Station interview

  5. Background check

  6. Department vote on acceptance

  7. Invitation to attend membership meeting

  8. Probationary membership begins

For questions about volunteering commitment, eligibility and the application process, email hr@dlvfrd.org.