How to Join
Any person at least eighteen (18) years of age, of good character, in good physical condition, and working and/or residing within one and half (1 1/2) miles of the SVFD primary Response Area, may place an application to become a regular member.
Any person at least sixteen (16) years of age and not more thane eighteen (18) years of age, of good character, in good physical condition, residing or working within one and a half (1 1/2) miles of the SVFD Primary Response Area, and who has obtained parental or legal guardian consent may place an application to become a Junior Member.
Any person at least eighteen (18) years of age, of good character and wants to assist the Department in its endeavors to provide a good service, may place an application to become an Associate Member.
Training for Members
Per Department Bylaws, new conditional members without prior certifications are required to complete an NFPA FFI academy within 1 year of membership. Firefighters with prior certifications, who provide documentation of this certification, are waived the requirement to complete an academy. All members, both prior certified and those who complete an academy, must complete a skills verification with the training officer prior to being assigned a “black hat” and authorization to conduct interior firefighting.
Upon completion of their basic certification, all members are encouraged to participate in expanding their skills through continued education, new training courses, professional development, and formal education. SVFD has a program that reimburses members for completion of BLS medical training (ECA/EMT-B), as well as certification as a TCFP Basic Firefighter. Additionally, the training officer can approve individual-specific training requests.
Members are also encouraged to achieve the position of driver/operator.