BVFD Membership: First Steps & Contact Us


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Application Process Explained

Information Session

The first step to membership is to attend an Information Session and Station tour. At the Information Session, our Membership Committee will review lots of important information with you, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Ride Along

After your Information Session, you will be invited to a Ride Along. The ride along will give you first-hand experience on an actual emergency call so you can see exactly what happens on calls, and how our members work together. The ride along will help you better understand what’s involved in volunteering, and decide if it’s right for you.


After your Information Session, our Recruiter will also send you the official application. On the application, you will be asked to provide three references, we’ll need to hear back from those references before you are invited to interview.


Once all of the above is complete we will schedule you for an interview with our Membership Committee. The interview gives you an opportunity to have all of your questions answered, and allows us to learn why you want to join and what past experience you may have (though none is required).

Background Check

Once your interview is completed, the Membership Committee will invite you to participate in a County Background Check, upon which they can make a recommendation to our Board of Directors as to whether they believe you are a good candidate for membership.

Board of Director’s Vote

Members are voted in to Membership once per month at the monthly Board of Directors meetings. Any applicants who have completed the process before each month’s Board of Directors meeting will be brought up before the Board of Directors for review, and voted in if recommended.


Upon being voted in, we will schedule your New Member Orientation Session, which will provide you with all the information needed for training, gear, duty night commitment, computer systems, policies and requirements. You will also be given instructions on how to schedule your required County physical. And then….your adventure begins!

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