703-451-0120 (Station Phone) info@gsvfd.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed!

Your Community Needs You – Volunteer to Make a Difference!

The Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department is actively seeking volunteers of all backgrounds for Firefighter, EMT and FireCorps Administrative roles.

Every day, in every community, emergency responders answer the call of our families, friends and neighbors who are in need of assistance. From car accidents to heart attacks, from house fires to technical rescues, emergency responders are there to protect lives and property.

Emergency responders are a special type of people, with many different reasons for answering the call of duty. Some like the challenges and the adrenaline rush, while others like to sharpen their emergency skills and techniques. Every one of them answers the call so that they can help someone in need.

Today’s emergency responders do far more than put out fires or bandage wounds. Emergency responders are the first line of defense in natural and man-made disasters. They respond to vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, specialized rescue situations and a vast array of emergency medical complaints.

In response to the growing need for new volunteer fire and emergency medical service providers, the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department has initiated a recruitment campaign for interested citizens to learn how to “answer the call” and serve their community.

Becoming a volunteer emergency responder can be the most rewarding experience of your life, and allows you to reach out to someone in need. Together with the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department you can ensure that there is always someone to “answer the call”.

Click JOIN NOW ! to fill out the on-line contact / information request form.

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If you are at least 18 years old and willing to serve your fellow citizens as a firefighter, emergency medical provider or in an administrative capacity, the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department is looking for you. From college students to life-long Springfield residents and retirees, if you’ve got the time to dedicate to your community, we’d love to have you.

The initial application process includes a background check and typically takes between 4 to 6 weeks. During the wait, new members are encouraged to participate in other department activities. Additionally, preliminary approval for membership is granted within a few weeks and allows a member to begin certain training. New operational members are required to complete training provided by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Training includes Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter I/II, and Hazardous Materials – Operations Level to name a few.

Those applying for Firefighter will be required to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) – watch the CPAT Videos (In the Recruitment & Training section of our Videos)to get an idea of the physical requiements needed to become a Firefighter.

The following video provides an overview of the requirements for becoming an operational member: ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Fairfax Volunteer Firefighter

Members are required to participate at least 20 hours each month.

There are many opportunities for advancement and responsibility on both the operational and FireCorps (administrative) side of the department.


The GSVFD has several levels of membership that can fit into almost anyone’s desires and skills: firefighting and/or emergency medical or non-operational. Whether you want to be on the front lines or just helping out with Bingo, we’ve got the opportunity for you. All training and equipment are provided. Come on up!

  • Operational Roles
    • Firefighter/EMT
    • EMT (EMS Only)
  • FireCorps Members (Administrative)
    • Fundraising / Bingo
    • Canteen Operations
    • WebSite Design
    • Article & Newsletter Writers
    • Grant Writers
    • Marketing & Promotions
    • and much more!


Besides being a member of one of the most progressive, well-organized and one of the most well-known and respected volunteer fire departments in the nation, there are numerous benefits to being a volunteer at the Greater Springfield VFD. Among them:

  • Free training in firefighting, emergency medicine and related courses
  • Uniforms provided
  • TAX BREAK — Personal Property Tax exemption for one vehicle (Fairfax County residents only).
  • Sense of dedication to community and working as part of a team
  • Many other benefits….just ask any of our members!


So now that you have decided you want to be a volunteer firefighter or already are and want to join the GSVFD – what do you do?

Click JOIN NOW ! to fill out the on-line contact / information request form.

We will contact you to schedule an information session.  At that session we will give you an idea on what it takes to be a volunteer with our department.
The session provides an overview of the training involved and commitments needed to support our bingo fundraising functions.  Sessions usually last about an hour. We will also answer any additional questions you may have.


When you come to the prospective members meeting, please be sure to bring the following items:

  • Copy of your current driving record from the DMV (Virginia and any other state in which you held a license in)
  • Listing of three (3) current references, including Name, Address, Phone number
  • Copy of current government issued ID (such as valid drivers license, military ID)
  • Completed Membership Application (Click Here to download)

Meeting Schedule
– You will be contacted after applying to schedule a prospective members session
Operational Members – Time & Training commitments:
– Each volunteer must participate at least 20 hours/month (adjusted quarterly).
– Must work 1 Bingo every 3 weeks
– Must attend the monthly business meeting (3rd Monday of the month).
– Approx 5.5 months of training before you can become and EMT
– Another 6 months to reach Firefighter status (if not EMS only).
– On-going annual refresher training.
FireCorps Members (Administrative) – Time & Training commitments:
– Each volunteer must participate at least 20 hours/month (adjusted quarterly).
– Must work at least 1 Bingo every 3 weeks (in order to meet the hour requirements, a couple bingos a month is usually preferred).
– Must attend the monthly business meeting (3rd Monday of the month).
Sign up On-LineJOIN NOW!