You may not get paid in the traditional “paycheck” way as a member of the volunteer fire/EMS service, but the true benefits are countless — including a retirement program, tax incentives, free training, camaraderie, a new second family and more. Take a look at the benefits of becoming a volunteer in Montgomery County below.

Montgomery County Benefits

Montgomery County Government values its hard-working volunteers with special perks available only to active volunteer firefighters.  Some of these benefits include free access to county recreational facilities, access to the Montgomery County and State of Maryland Credit Unions, tuition assistance and the ability for active volunteers to apply for “County Employee” only job positions.

Montgomery County Government values its hard-working volunteers with special perks available only to active volunteer firefighters.  Some of these benefits include free access to county recreational facilities, access to the Montgomery County and State of Maryland Credit Unions, tuition assistance and the ability for active volunteers to apply for “County Employee” only job positions.

Retirement & Tax Incentives

You may be a volunteer but that doesn’t mean there are not financial incentives. Maryland residents receive a $4,000 tax credit after three years of active service with a volunteer fire/EMS department in Montgomery County. Plus, active members with 25 years of active duty are afforded a generous annual retirement program with monthly benefits.

Free Training

Whether you have tons of fire/ems experience or a rookie fresh to public safety, we offer numerous basic to advanced fire, rescue, EMS & leadership courses through county, state and federal programs as well as our own. These courses are free of charge to active members of the department and offer opportunity for progression through our operational roles and ranks. Classes are conveniently located throughout Montgomery County and the region, with schedules to meet just about anyone’s needs — including nights and weekends.

Whether you have tons of fire/ems experience or a rookie fresh to public safety, we offer numerous basic to advanced fire, rescue, EMS & leadership courses through county, state and federal programs as well as our own. These courses are free of charge to active members of the department and offer opportunity for progression through our operational roles and ranks. Classes are conveniently located throughout Montgomery County and the region, with schedules to meet just about anyone’s needs — including nights and weekends.

Tuition Reimbursement Programs

Several tuition reimbursement programs are offered to volunteers. They include full college tuition reimbursement to Maryland state schools along with tuition assistance through the Montgomery County Government. More information on these programs, which cover a wide variety of higher education costs, can be provided upon request.

Even More Benefits

Our volunteer fire/EMS departments offer a variety of unique benefits ranging from in-station bunkroom programs, which allow trained Firefighter/EMTs to live at the firehouse full-time in exchange for providing service to the community to more tuition reimbursement options, flexible shifts, Free Ride-on Bus passes, yearly stipend up-to $600, members events and more. Browse departments here to see what benefits your firehouse offers.

Our volunteer fire/EMS departments offer a variety of unique benefits ranging from in-station bunkroom programs, which allow trained Firefighter/EMTs to live at the firehouse full-time in exchange for providing service to the community to more tuition reimbursement options, flexible shifts, Free Ride-on Bus passes, yearly stipend up-to $600, members events and more. Browse departments here to see what benefits your firehouse offers.

Contact our Recruiter

Looking for information on joining a local volunteer fire/EMS department? search listings here or complete our short form below and our county recruiter will contact you, typically within 2-3 business days. You can also email recruiter@joinfirerescue.com

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