VOLUNTEER

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.

OPEN VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Building and Grounds Coordinator

seeking a volunteer to coordinate building maintenance projects. This position would lead our Buildings and Grounds Committee and be in charge of managing and coordinating all building maintenance projects. This includes tracking building maintenance requests, scheduling service visits by vendors, requesting estimates from vendors, and meeting vendors on-site for projects when needed. This position does not require extensive maintenance knowledge, but an ability to complete small "handyman" tasks would be helpful (both for completing minor tasks and ensuring you understand maintenance problems to ensure vendors are providing appropriate service). Benefits include car tax relief for one vehicle for meeting an annually predetermined requirement of volunteer hours and significant free training opportunities to acquire EMT and Firefighter qualifications, if desired. 

This is an administrative position and will not require operational (fire and rescue) duties.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Track and verify all reported issues with the DLVFRD building and grounds

 

Qualifications: 

Basic "handyman" knowledge. Project coordination and communication skills. Some ability to meet contractors at the station to facilitate access and work during weekdays.

Social Media Coordinator

Seeking a volunteer to manage the social media functions of the organization. As the social media Coordinator, you will play an important role in promoting the work of the volunteers and creating and managing fundraising campaigns. Benefits include car tax relief for one vehicle for meeting an annually predetermined requirement of volunteer hours and significant free training opportunities to acquire EMT and Firefighter qualifications, if desired. This is an administrative position and will not require operational (fire and rescue) duties.

 

Duties & Responsibilities

• Establish a new social media campaign for DLVFRD

• Research audience preferences and discover current trends

• Creating engaging text, image, and video content for DLVFRD

• Measure web traffic and monitor SEO

• Design posts to sustain readers’ curiosity, creating awareness and curiosity around DLVFRD, its mission, volunteer workforce, activities, and the local community

• Stay current with changes in all social platforms, ensuring maximum effectiveness

• Train other volunteers to use social media in a cohesive and beneficial way

• Facilitate online conversations with site visitors and respond to queries

• Suggest new ways to attract site visitors and promote increased traffic across social platforms

• Collaborate with various stakeholders of DLVFRD

• Special projects and additional duties as requested by DLVFRD Leadership

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

• Positive, proactive, and self-motivated

• Excellent verbal communication, written communication, analytical, and multi-tasking skills

• Proficiency across all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIN)

• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal/external parties

• Proficient use of MS Office applications, smartphone applications, and similar technologies

 

Education & Experience

• At least two (2) years of experience with marketing and social media

• Expertise across multiple social media platforms

• Ability to grasp future trends in digital technologies and act proactively

• Associates or Bachelor degree in marketing or communication is preferred

• Actively enrolled college students will be considered

MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

BENEFITS

  • 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

Eligibility

  • 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

COMMITMENT

  • 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

PROCESS

  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.

ARE YOU READY?