Volunteers Serving Woodbridge Proper and Sewaren Since 1897

Steps To Join

The time is now to give back, to get involved, and to gain the personal rewards and satisfaction that only come from volunteering in fire and emergency services in your hometown.

Five Steps to Become a Volunteer Firefighter

It’s not what you look like, what level of education you have, or where you come from. It’s about heart. If you have the heart to serve Woodbridge & Sewaren in a way that few can, you have everything we need.

Here are the five steps to become a firefighter with Woodbridge Fire Company :

Complete the Inquiry Form

Complete the inquiry form on the website, and a Woodbridge member will contact you within 24-48 hours and review the requirements and the membership application process and schedule a Station tour.

Complete and Return Your Application

Complete and return your application and documents in person. Our Leadership will review all member's applications, including initiating a New Jersey State background check.

Interview with the Fire Chief

Successful candidates who have passed background checks will schedule an interview with the Fire Chief.

Get a Physical

Following your interviews, candidates will schedule physicals. At the same time, the Woodbridge VFC membership will review new applications for membership approval.

One-Year Probation Period

New members will enter a one-year probation period. Probationary members must complete the following training and membership requirements.

Membership Requirements for One-Year Probation Period

Most members volunteer about 3 to 5 hours per week, responding to calls and participating in drills.

We require members to respond to 20% of the alarms and attend 60% of station training drills annually. These requirements average out to 12 alarms per month and eight (8) training sessions per year.

Within the first year of probation you must complete the following Training and Education Requirements:

  • Complete the 198-hour Firefighter 1 course at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, which covers the following:
    • Basic Firefighter essintals
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Fire Behavior
    • Ladder Skills
    • Hose Skills
    • SCBA Skills
    • Forcible Entry and Ventilation
    • Attacking Fire
    • CPR
  • Day Course
    Monday - Friday,
    8 am to 4 pm
    Length: 6 weeks
  • Evening Course
    Three nights a week (to be determined by Academy)
    Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
    Length: 5 months

All firefighter 1 course are held at Middlesex County Fire Academy. 

All fire gear and necessary equipment for the course will be provided.