There is an immense amount of thrill and an overwhelming sense of achievement that comes with extinguishing a structure fire, extricating a trapped patient from their vehicle, or even possibly saving a life. The sense of achievement combined with the experience and camaraderie received from the fire and rescue service is often unreal. However, this type of work is not for everyone. Firefighters must have qualities such as bravery, dedication, assertiveness, and above all an ambition to help others in need. Firefighters perform demanding work that tests their abilities in unknown and often hazardous situations.

Men and women age 18 and older who are in good physical condition and have the desire to serve as firefighters are eligible to become firefighters. Firefighters with KVFD have almost never ending opportunities for training and advancement. Whether your dream is to be Fire Chief or just simply a basic firefighter, we have a place for you. Your advancement is only limited by your level of participation.

The commitment to serve as a volunteer firefighter with the KVFD is a life-changing decision and should not be made without serious thought. We hope you will find that you are able to make the commitment we need to contribute to the safety of the community and its citizens. You will find that participation as a volunteer firefighter with the KVFD will be unlike any experience you have had or will ever have. Those persons who do not have the desire to participate in emergency activities as firefighters, or who cannot meet the physical requirements are encouraged to consider becoming an emergency medical technician or enter the service as an auxiliary members.

Benefits Include:

  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs – for college level or continuing education courses thanks to a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Experience (Gain not only a tremendous amount of experience as a Firefighter / EMT being with a busy company in an urban setting, as well as personal experiences that will last you a lifetime.)
  • Free Uniforms
  • Free Training – Classes ranging from Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, Fire Officer Development, and Heavy Apparatus Driving Courses
  • Free Wireless Internet and Computer Access
  • Free Access to Fitness and Physical Training Equipment
  • Tax Break – $5,000 Maryland State Tax break after 3 years of membership
  • Retirement – Length of Service Awards Program