Frequently Asked Questions

Membership & Joining


Do I have to change careers to become a volunteer?

  • Absolutely not! You don't have to quit your day job.  Our volunteer firefighters and EMTs serve on a duty crew one night a week, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m, with an occasional Saturday night shift approximately every 6 weeks. In fact, all of our volunteers hold other jobs in a variety of fields!

What are the other requirements for volunteering?

  • All volunteers must pass a background check and driving records check.  In addition to the background and driving records check, operational members must also complete a physical exam, and drug screening may be required of any prospective member.  Please contact the Membership Committee for more detailed requirements for the specific role you are interested in.

Do you have to be a certain age to be a volunteer member?

  • Yes, you must be at least 18 years old.  Volunteers who are under the age of 18 (16 or 17) are considered Junior Members, and must have parent's permission to participate. We are no longer accepting new Junior Member applications. 

I'm interested in becoming a member but need more information. What should I do?

  • Email our Membership Committee and one of the committee members will contact you.  

  • You can also attend one of our Volunteer Information Sessions, check the Events Calendar to find the next meeting. Sessions are held once a month starting at 7:00 p.m. at Station 9 on Belmont Ridge Road

How will I find time to volunteer?

  • Our volunteers come from all walks of life. By day, we're IT professionals, accountants, mechanics, nurses, current and former military personnel, students, homemakers, sales representatives, parents and grandparents.  One night a week, we fulfill our role as volunteer firefighters and EMT's calming fears, easing minds, saving lives.  Administrative and Support Services volunteers also have very flexible hours in which they can provide beneficial services to the Station.  We won't lie to you - volunteering takes time, but everything worthwhile often does.


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Training & Duty


What if i'm not already qualified as a firefighter or EMT?

  • Once you elect to volunteer and become a member, the station and the county will provide free training in emergency response skills. Before you are released as a firefighter or EMT, you'll attend the appropriate training course and receive a certification. Additionally, duty crews run training drills and practice scenarios regularly to continually reinforce these skills.

How much do I have to pay for training and gear?

  • Nothing; training and protective gear are offered at no cost to members. Loudoun County Fire & Rescue and the station cover the costs of training and protective gear for all members, based on their role (EMT, firefighter, or support services).

When can I start riding the fire engine or ambulance?

  • Once you become a Probationary Member with Arcola VFD and take the required CPR class, you are allowed to ride an engine or ambulance.

Do you stay up at night waiting for calls?

  • No, the station provides assigned bunk rooms for you to sleep in.  The station is also equipped with an alert system which goes off to wake you when a call comes in.

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Miscellaneous FAQs


Do you have ranks or officers?

  • Yes, within the department, we have a Fire Chief, Rescue Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and Assistant Rescue Chief; the Chiefs may also appoint Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants.  On the Administrative/Corporate side, we have a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Directors-at-Large that make up the Board of Directors.  There are also a variety of committees, both operational and administrative, each of which has a Committe Chair.

What about insurance? Am I covered in case I get injured?

  • If you are injured while performing volunteer duties, you are covered by Worker's Compensation insurance.

Are there any tax benefits for volunteering?

  • Currently, you are eligible not to pay personal property tax on one personal vehicle provided you fulfill the requirements for the tax break and live in Loudoun County. The requirements are based on the number of hours spent volunteering and attendance at monthly station meetings.

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