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We know you have questions.
Here are some frequently asked ones.

  • Will I have to pay for my training?No. You’ll receive your training free of charge, from experienced professionals.
  • Will I have to pay for anything else?No. Everything you need, from your uniform and equipment to your medical physical, will be provided at no cost to you.
  • How many hours a week will I be serving?That’s partly up to you. The average is 3 hours per week.
  • Which fire department should I join?When you fill out the online interest form, it will automatically be sent to the closest fire department, based on your home address.
  • Winston-Salem Fire Department does not use volunteers, and I live in the city limits of Winston-Salem. Can I still volunteer?Yes. When you fill out the online interest form, it will be sent to the closest department based on your address. The same applies to residents of Kernersville.
  • How long will I have to wait to make a contribution?If accepted, you’ll begin immediately, and you’ll become more and more involved as your training, experience and responsibilities increase.
  • Okay. How do I volunteer?Clicking here will take you to the online interest form, or you can call 336-703-2550 and speak with us directly.
  • What is the minimum age to be a volunteer firefighter?The minimum age is 18. Young adults 15 to 17 years of age can volunteer as junior firefighters.
  • What is a junior firefighter?Upon meeting the requirements of the North Carolina Department of Labor laws, junior firefighters may participate in a wide variety of training and learning opportunities. While not able to be actively engaged in fire suppression or rescue operations, junior firefighters participate in other facets of the fire services during their time in the junior program – including responding to emergency calls with trained volunteers and filling other emergency roles. Upon reaching age 18 and graduating from high school, junior firefighters can move up to become training firefighters.