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 and Return Your Application
Interview with the Fire Chief
Get a Physical
One-Year Probation Period
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
Day and evening courses are available.
- 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 courses
All firefighter 1 course are held at Middlesex County Fire Academy.
All fire gear and necessary equipment for the course will be provided.