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Volunteer to help your community and make a difference

Why volunteer?

Volunteer firefighting is a very rewarding and valuable way to serve and give back to your community. You will also learn new skills and develop an extraordinary camaraderie among your fellow firefighters. Your Montana community needs you; over 400 of the 435 total fire departments in the state rely on volunteer personnel.

Volunteer fire departments serve a wide variety of citizens in Montana, from very rural and remote areas to moderately sized cities across the state. If you are prepared to commit the time and effort to become a volunteer firefighter, there is a department that is ready for you to serve.


“I enjoy helping people, which is a big part of being a volunteer firefighter.”

– Montana Volunteer

How to Become a Montana Volunteer Firefighter

Locate the county office of your fire station

Find contact info or express your interest online

Fill out an application to join and follow any other necessary steps

Understand that after joining you will go through training

You Don’t Have to Fight Fires to Help Your Community

You don’t have to run into a burning building to be involved in your local fire department! There are needs in every area of service and plenty of ways for you to get involved.


  • Firefighters have several duties, the most important of which is selflessly serving their communities. They respond to emergency calls or requests for help and attend to emergency events, such as fires, road accidents, and floods. They also are responsible for educating their communities about fire safety.


  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are trained to respond to emergency situations and perform lifesaving techniques until a patient is able to be transported to a hospital or treatment facility. They are often responsible for transferring patients via ambulance to the closest medical facility.


  • Administrative support staff provides technical and professional support to fire departments. They typically assist with the business and operations of the corporation, managing human resources, recordkeeping, maintenance, and much more.


  • Auxiliary Firefighters support the fire departments in many ways by driving trucks, maintaining and cleaning the fire equipment, and assisting in fundraising and community awareness efforts. They dedicate their time and skills to whatever area the fire department needs assistance.


  • The Explorer/Junior Firefighter Program is open to members who are under 18 years of age. They are able to experience firsthand what it is like to be a volunteer or full-time Firefighter and Emergency Service Provider through training and ride-alongs. The primary goals of the program are to give young adults a look into possible career paths and to challenge them to become responsible citizens within their communities.
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“I want to serve my community in a hands-on manner.”

– Montana Volunteer