Prospective Member Meeting and Application Process
We have a prospective member meeting on the last Tuesday of every month, starting at 7:00 p.m. at Station 6. Please come to ask questions, get information & continue the paperwork requirements for membership.
Start the application process in advance. Download, complete and print the Membership Application and bring it with you to the prospective member meeting.
AVFRD will then interview references and conduct criminal history and driving history checks. Prospective operational members must complete a physical exam and drug screening.
Volunteer Recruit School
After completing the application process and being accepted as probationary members by the Board of Directors, all members (operational and administrative) must attend Loudoun County Orientation and complete in-station Volunteer Recruit School (VRS). This training orients all new members to station history, station procedures, and communications. Operational recruits are also introduced to all apparatus, equipment, ambulance operations and fire behavior, issued their gear, and are required to pass a physical agility test.
VRS classes are held on evenings and Saturdays.
Recruit class members are also asked to complete a service component as a team, as identified by the Company President.
Probationary Membership/Duty Crew Assignment
Operational members who complete and pass VRS are assigned to a duty crew and cleared to ride any apparatus but are considered probationary members ("red hats") until they have completed Firefighter I or EMT-B.
All mandated training is provided at no cost to the AVFRD member.
Prerequisites Classes to Attending Fire and EMS School
The following classes are prerequisites for attending Fire or EMS School:
- Loudoun County Orientation
- First Responder (Fire only)
- Health Care Provider CPR Certification (Fire only)
- Hazardous Materials Operations (Fire only)
- Hazardous Materials Awareness (EMS only)
Fire and EMS School
Fire training is provided at two levels-Firefighter I and Firefighter II. Firefighter I is an entry-level course that combines classroom study and practical scenarios. Upon completing the course and passing the test, students will be Virginia State certified.
EMT training begins at the basic life support (BLS) level. The EMT-B course includes classroom study, practical scenarios and clinical rotations in a hospital emergency room.
Upon completing the course and passing the tests, students will be Virginia State certified and under the license of the Loudoun County EMS director.
The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Department (LCFRD) provides all training in Leesburg. Training is offered on evenings and weekends.
Rookie Firefighter/EMT Preceptorship
Once members have successfully completed Firefighter I and II, they will have the necessary basic skills to function as released firefighters in the state of Virginia. Recruits must complete their "Probie Manual" and demonstrate a defined list of skills to be issued a yellow helmet and considered Rookie Firefighters.
Members who successfully complete EMT-B class will begin AVFRD's Preceptorship Program, which lasts approximately six months. This program is intended to provide a reasonable degree of assurance that EMT-Bs who are released as entry-level Attendants in Charge (AIC) have been monitored and trained in the wide range of skills that are conducive for proper patient care.