Volunteer Firefighter

Volunteer Firefighters have been an integral part of the fire service in North Palm Beach since its incorporation in 1956. Although initially utilized as the primary firefighting force within the Village and surrounding communities, Volunteer Firefighters now supplement a full contingent of career staff. Volunteer Firefighters serve alongside career personnel, and engage in firefighting and other duties depending upon their certification.

The purpose of the volunteer program is to provide real life experience and on-the-job training opportunities for individuals who are actively looking for a career in the fire service. The volunteer program provides experience in the day-to-day operations of the Fire Department.

The volunteer program with North Palm Beach provides a worthwhile experience to the community by assisting the Village's paid certified firefighters and paramedics in the prevention, control and suppression of structural fires and in response to medical emergencies and any other type of disaster.

The program provides growth and professional development to the participants. New recruits can develop their knowledge, skills, abilities and qualifications necessary for when they become employed by a fire department.

Each volunteer MUST complete 36 hours of ride time per month. Additional mandatory requirements include: Attend training every Tuesday night, Target Solutions and four details throughout the year.

Failure to complete any of the above requirements may be grounds for removal from the program. The volunteers meet every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Each candidate must possess the following qualifications:
  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Be 18 years of age or older
  3. Certified Florida Firefighter II
  4. Certified Florida EMT or Paramedic
  5. Must possess a valid Florida Driver License
  6. Be of good moral character
  7. Be in good physical condition

Accepting applications (PDF)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, contact Deputy Chief Louis Giarrusso at (561) 904-2144 or email him at lgiarrusso@village-npb.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Firefighter Application