Did you know that nearly all fire departments in Dane County, WI operate using some form of volunteer and/or paid-on-call staffing? Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) you may have about becoming a firefighter in your community?
Most communities require members to be at least 18 years of age. Most do not have a maximum age.
Most fire departments require members to live within a certain drive time to their fire station. The idea is to get people to the scene quickly. However, some departments employ paid-on-call members who standby at their station and distance requirements may not apply.
Most departments require new members to pass a physical health screening and be in good health. This job can be physical!
New members must have a satisfactory criminal history. Some convictions can kick you out of the hiring process.
In most cases, YES. Volunteer members need to be able to respond to their local fire station in the event of an emergency. The ability to drive fire apparatus is not generally required and is a specialized skill that requires additional training.
The State of WI recognizes several different certification levels of Firefighter.
The initial training level is known as Entry Level Firefighter and is a 60 hour class. Certified Firefighter I and Firefighter II classes are an additional 36 and 42 hours respectively. The cost of these courses are covered by your local fire department and/or the State of WI.
Each fire department's hourly requirements differ. Between training, emergency responses, and "on call" time, a volunteer firefighter may spend as little as 10 hours and up to 40 hours per month. Each department sets this requirement base on the need of the community.
Call your community's fire station or visit their website. Almost all Dane County Fire Departments have an application and contact information listed on their website. They would love to hear from you. Please use the map below to find the fire station closest to you.