We are continuously seeking new members to join our department as volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians and administrative/support personnel, who wish to serve Brandywine and our surrounding communities. In order to become a volunteer firefighter or EMT, a new applicant must meet the minimum qualifications; must be sixteen (16) years of age or older, pass an extensive background investigation and complete a thorough physical and stress test evaluation. Administrative personnel must be sixteen (16) years of age or older and must pass the background check.
Operational applicants who pass the minimum requirements will endure classroom and practical evaluations in the thirty-two (32) hour Volunteer Recruit School, held by the Prince George's County Fire Commission, complete an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider CPR class, FEMA Incident Command Systems IS-100 & IS-700 before enrolling in Maryland Firefighter I and Maryland Emergency Medical Technician-Basic classes. Firefighter I is a 108 hour class and EMT is currently a 165 hour class. New for 2015, all students in the EMT class will need to take National Registry (NR) Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT). NREMT will be held after the Maryland portion of the EMT class. Due to county laws, all new members who wish to become a firefighter in Prince George's County must become an EMT as well. Members who choose the FF/EMT certifications, must complete both classes within thirty (30) months of joining. EMS only members have only eighteen (18) months to complete EMT/NREMT.
Probation periods of up to six (6) months for all new members regardless of training. Administrative and operational probationary members are encouraged to attend all department related events such as meetings, drills and department hosted events while on their probationary period. Department hosted/sponsored events include open houses, fundraisers, duty crews and hall rentals.
Our department responds to hundreds if not thousands of emergency and non-emergency situations every year including but not limited to; structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, medical situations to include medical and trauma related events, hazardous materials incidents (HAZMAT), technical rescues and much more. The knowledge and training of a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician changes yearly.
* NOTE: For applicants under the age of eighteen (18) years old, applicants must obtain a Maryland work permit, Prince George's County Circuit Court juvenile paperwork signed by a Judge and Clerk of the Circuit Court. Members who still are in high school, must obtain a "C" average throughout the year while still in school.
We do have some benefits of becoming a member within our department; those are but not limited to; State of Maryland tax credit of $3,750.00 or higher after three (3) consecutive years of service, free training provided by the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute (MFRI), length of service awards program (LOSAP), which is a state sponsored program, live-in opportunities for active riding members in exchange of staffing our apparatus, we will provide you with living space including full use of bunk room, television, showers/restroom and internet service.
For more information or to contact our volunteer recruiter, please fill out our electronic pre-application located HERE. Our recruiter or one of our recruitment and retention committee members will contact you within 24-48 hours.