Volunteer Overview

Why be a volunteer?

Genesee Fire Rescue consists of approximately 40 dedicated volunteers.  Most of the members have full time jobs in addition to their volunteer activities with the fire department. It is not just fun; it is a calling to serve the GFPD community.


ClimbingAs members of the department, volunteers are required to attend a minimum of 36 hours of training per year, respond to a minimum of 12% of all calls, and be at the ready to assist in an emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In order to be a part of this department, members participate in a 5-month academy, at the end of which they are state certified as Fire Fighter I with Hazardous Materials Operations certification.  In addition, during this academy they complete the requirements to earn certification as Wildland Firefighter Type 2Approximately 50% of the members pursue advanced medical training at the First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, or Paramedic level so that we may provide initial emergency medical services and assist the Highland Rescue Team Ambulance District.

Many GFR members are trained in technical rescue, high angle rescue, incident command, advanced wildfire operations, just to name a few.  Our volunteers take their commitment to the GFPD community seriously; they are well trained and feel privileged to serve.

Apply to Become a Volunteer

Are you up for the challenge?  GFR is looking for residents of GFPD that are willing to make a commitment.  You don’t need experience; all you need is a desire to learn, good physical conditioning, and the support of your family.

Review the Fire Academy Syllabus and Inquire about volunteering.