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Volunteer firefighting

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Most of MCFR's volunteer firefighters work other jobs, and many are retired Vol Firefighting 2_Robin McCarthy
professionals or are self-employed. They carry a pager 24-hours a day and
work out of one of MCFR's rural volunteer stations or work shifts with career

Volunteer firefighting gives people an opportunity to give back to the community and form life-long friendships. It also offers non-stop excitement and training opportunities as well as incentive programs.



Volunteer Stations
(MCFR has six stations dedicated to volunteers, but volunteers can work out of any of the departments 25 career stations as well.)

Florida Highlands Station


Hog Valley Station


Pedro Station


Lake Tropicana Station


Electra Station


Rolling Woods Station



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Many training and certification classes are offered for free at MCFR Headquarters at night on six week cycles.

Support Level Volunteer Firefighters are trained to drive emergency vehicles and assist career firefighters with brush fires and exterior attacks. These volunteers take 60 hours of entry level classes but do not enter burning buildings.
Combat Volunteer Firefighters take 220 hours of classes which include not only the basics but also the National Fire Protection Association Firefighting I class. These firefighters enter burning buildings and assist career personnel with interior attacks.

State certified firefighters take more than 500 hours of classes including National Fire Protection Association Firefighting I and II. They also take additional classes in emergency medical services. All of MCFR's full-time firefighters are EMTs or paramedics.

Volunteer Incentive Programs

  • Volunteer firefighters are eligible to receive a $300 stipend every three months, if they respond to 33% of station calls and train at least 12 hours each quarter.
  • Volunteer firefighters must also attend one 30-minute meeting each month and earn positive evaluations from their station officers.
  • When volunteer firefighters complete 60 hours of entry level classes and become a "Support Level Volunteer Firefighter," they will receive $100. Then if they take an additional 160 hours of classes and become a "Combat Volunteer Firefighter," they will receive an additional $150.
  • When volunteer firefighters take additional certification classes, they will receive $3 per class hour.