Friday, September 18, 2020



Volunteers comprise almost 90% of firefighters throughout Alaska.  They are summoned to a wide array of emergencies, including fires, emergency medical incidents, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, water rescue emergencies, and other general public service calls.  The citizens of Alaska rely on volunteer firefighters to be their first line of defense in these emergencies.

What does it take to become a volunteer firefighter in Alaska?
Local governments and departments establish specific volunteer requirements; however, many departments require you to:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Be healthy and in good physical condition
  • Complete basic fire & EMS training
Time requirements vary by department. Time commitment will depend on several factors, such as the number of calls the department receives, training requirements, shift or on-call structure, and civic or fundraising activities the department takes part in.
Typically, departments pay for training and firefighting equipment. Volunteer firefighting is an unpaid position; however, some departments may reimburse volunteers for certain expenses.


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