Volunteer Today

Franklin County is dependent upon professional volunteers and is always looking for the community's best people to become a part of the Public Safety Team. Becoming a volunteer for a fire department or rescue squad is a time-consuming adventure, but it is nonetheless rewarding.

Apply Today

Complete our online Volunteer Application or Text "join" to 540-501-6444 to learn more about the volunteer opportunities you might be interested in or contact the Public Safety office at 540-483-3091.


In order to qualify to become a volunteer member, you must be age 16 years, complete a criminal background check and driver's check (if applicable). Also, fingerprinting is a requirement for all departments. See Membership Criteria (PDF).

Basic Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training is offered at little to no cost to providers. Additionally, many advanced level Fire and EMS training courses are offered locally.


Your responsibilities as a volunteer include adhering to standard operating procedures, participating in training, and maintaining professionalism.



  • Emergency Medical Technicians
    • Trained and certified to perform emergency medical service duties according to their level of EMS certification. 
  • Firefighters
    • Certified in Firefighter I or greater to perform firefighting
  • Emergency Vehicle Operators
    • Posses a valid, non-restricted drivers license with no negative points
    • Age 18, with 2 years driving experience
    •  EVOC I, II, III - Qualified to operate any county emergency vehicle.
  • Emergency Operations Support
    • Not yet trained or certified to perform firefighting or patient care.  Fulfills various support functions at incident scenes.


  • Bookkeeping
  • Computer Support
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writers
  • Public Education
  • Training
  • Vehicle and Building Maintenance