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Time Commitment

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Becoming a successful and skilled AFD volunteer requires a substantial time commitment. 

 

  • The initial orientation ride-along and required training for new firefighters often exceed 200 hours over the course of about 4 months (January-April)
  • All volunteer firefighters are expected to attend 12 hours of training each quarter. 
  • All volunteer firefighters are required to participate in 72 hours of ride-along/activities per quarter.
  • All volunteer firefighters are encouraged to report to the scene or to a fire station in response to major fires and other serious emergencies when they are reasonably able.
  • Because of the significant costs and extensive training demands associated with developing a volunteer firefighter, a three–year service commitment is expected of every volunteer. Every applicant is asked to sign an acknowledgment of this commitment.