The Holtsville Fire Department is always looking for new dedicated volunteers from the community. Below is our application package which you must complete and can be submitted a few ways posted below. We encourage you to use the Contact Us link to contact us, and let us that you would like to drop off the application so we can be sure there is someone at the firehouse to meet you and take ownership of your application. Instructions are below, above the application link. To speed up the process we ask that you fill out the application as complete as possible, and if you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out via our contact link. Thank you in advance for considering the Holtsville Fire Department and we look forward to meeting you!
VOLUNTEERING HAS ITS REWARDS
Volunteering can benefit you in many ways. Some rewards are personal. You will earn respect from everyone who learns you are a volunteer. You will gain immense pride from your accomplishments and the knowledge and skills you acquire from your training. Some of the strongest social ties you will ever make will be with your brother and sister volunteers. And, of course, there is little that can compare to the satisfaction that comes from doing an important job well while contributing to the security and welfare of your community.
There are material rewards as well. The volunteer services are valued at every level of society, and there are a variety of incentives available from the federal, state, and county government.
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY & TRAINING?
The two are inseparable: volunteers train to be safe, and they are safe because they train. There is no denying that fighting fires or responding to an emergency involves an element of risk, but no volunteer is ever allowed to participate without the knowledge and skills it takes to ensure their safety.
While volunteers receive no compensation, they are no less professional than their paid counterparts. They wear and use the same equipment, receive comparable training, and prepare to respond to any situation.
Volunteer as a firefighter and you will attend the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank. In addition to learning how to handle the equipment, you will learn how buildings are constructed, how fires spread, and how to handle hazardous materials. You will be taught how to assess and respond to critical situations, and the best ways to protect yourself and those who serve around you.
To learn more about national programs to enhance firefighter safety you should visit the website for the Everyone Goes Home® initiative at www.everyonegoeshome.com.
Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Application (17+)
This application authorizes an arson check as well as your personal information for application to the fire department.
This authorizes a background check. This form and the application must be filled out in order to be considered for membership.
Yes! Holtsville Fire Department takes in volunteers as Fire & EMS or EMS only personnel. You will join as an aide until you obtain you EMT certification.
To apply, you must download both PDFs. 1) Application & 2) Back ground check. Notify us via the contact us page to set up a time to drop off your application.
Immediately. And your responsibilities will increase as you gain experience and training.
It varies from week to week, but on average you’ll put in seven or eight hours. Many volunteers enjoy putting in more.
You must be 17+ to join. If you are under 17, you may join as a junior until you are of age. Check out the Juniors page for an application!
It will cost you nothing. Professional training from experienced personnel will be made available to you.
No. Your gear, equipment – even your annual physical – will be provided for free. EMT class costs will reimbursed based on a few requirements.
JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER & EMT PROGRAM
Just because active firefighters and emergency service personnel are required by law to be at 17+ old doesn’t mean you can’t begin contributing to your community at an earlier age. The Holtsville Fire Deparment Juniors program has an active Junior program that provides interested younger people the opportunity to begin their training and develop the skills required to pass the Firefighter I and Firefighter II, or EMT certification requirements when they become of age. Juniors also learn about agency organization, operations, and command, while developing teamwork and leadership skills that will benefit them in whatever career they follow later in life.
As a Junior Firefighter, you will not be allowed to participate directly in fighting actual fires. Your training will cover every aspect of fire service participation. During your training you can expect to develop many practical and valuable skills, such as basic first aid; the donning of personal protective equipment and the use of self-contained breathing apparatus; how to use and maintain the tools needed to fight fires and conduct rescues; and the techniques for executing search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, emergency evacuation, and automobile extractions.
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has a special website, juniors.nvfc.org/junior, where you’ll be able to download Core Competencies for the Junior Fire Service, a booklet which offers a wealth of detailed information on what you can expect.
Joining the Holtsville Fire Department Juniors program is also a great way to meet others your age who share your values and beliefs regarding community service. Many juniors develop friendships that last throughout their lives.
Junior Firefighter & EMT Application (Under 17)
This is an application for membership with the junior fire department. If you have any questions, please use the contact form on the juniors page. Thank you, and we look forward to meeting you!