6 Reasons to Join the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department

So, you’ve decided to commit to becoming a volunteer firefighter…now it’s time to decide where you want to volunteer. There are plenty of stations across the Washington DC-Baltimore area, but how do you pick the right one? Here are six reasons why Kensington Volunteer Fire Department should be at the top of your list.

1. Location

Kensington Volunteer Fire Department is located in Kensington, Maryland and serves Montgomery County and surrounding areas. The town of Kensington provides easy access to major cities like Washington DC and Baltimore and is in close proximity to several institutions of higher education like University of Maryland, Catholic University, and more. This makes it the perfect choice for lifelong Montgomery County residents, young professionals, and students alike. 

2. Free Training

KVFD provides free training for new members. This includes classes ranging from Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, Fire Officer Development, and Heavy Apparatus Driving Courses. We also provide free wireless internet and computer access and free access to fitness and physical training equipment so you can study and train while at the station.

3. Live-In Program

Kensington Volunteer Fire Department also provides its members with the unique opportunity of having a free home in exchange for their service as a Volunteer Firefighter and/or Emergency Medical Technician. Since we’re located near several different colleges and universities, KVFD provides an excellent opportunity for those who wish to combine their college education with their volunteer work.

Live-in members live in the bunkroom and are provided with a bed and adequate storage for personal belongings. Students are provided with multiple desks, computers with internet access, and a quiet work area in the station’s computer room. Read our blog post to learn more about the benefits of the KVFD live-in program. 

4. Tuition Assistance Program

KVFD is the perfect choice for college students looking for a way to serve their community who might also need some extra help paying for their college tuition. Qualified members can receive up to $5,000 a year for college level or continuing education courses thanks to a federal grant.

5. 100% Volunteer Weeknights and All Weekend

KVFD Station 5 is staffed 100% by volunteers every weeknight shift and all weekends – that’s 70% of the total shifts! It’s the only all volunteer firehouse in Montgomery County, Maryland. During weekdays, the station is staffed by five Montgomery County Fire-Rescue Services career firefighters.

This means that there’s more opportunity for volunteers to be a part of life-saving calls and gain more experience. 

6. Gaining A Second Family 

Lastly, there’s nothing like the camaraderie amongst the volunteers at KVFD! We are truly a family. We eat meals together, have meaningful conversations, and enjoy one another’s company…we just also happen to be firefighters who save lives together! 

Ready to join KVFD? For more information, contact our Vice President of Human Resources, Dan Henning at recruiter@kvfd.org or visit our join page.