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Become A Volunteer

The Boone County Fire Protection District is always looking for new members to join our family.  Do you want to be a part of a Tradition, the Excitement and Your Community?  Regardless of your experience in public service or your background, if you are interested in a rewarding volunteer opportunity, we would like to talk to you. 

We offer a Spring and a Fall Recruit Training Academy each year.  As Firefighters and EMS Responders, the lives and property of the citizens in our community often depend on you.  The training you receive will help you develop the valuable skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in your role with Boone County Fire.

Our intense training program requires drive and commitment, consisting of two evenings a week and two weekends per month, for four months.

Do you have the desire, courage and dedication to become a volunteer?  It takes a special person to fill the boots of a volunteer firefighter.  If you are willing to accept the challenge, make the commitment, and put in the hard work, we just might have a pair of boots that will fit you!


What If There Were No Volunteers?  What If No One Answered The Call?

 Without our dedicated volunteers, the more than 50,000 residents of rural Boone County would face a much greater tax burden to employ and outfit full-time Firefighters and EMS Responders, or would otherwise be without protection.   With more than 250 volunteers providing services from 15 Fire Stations strategically placed throughout the District’s 500 square miles of jurisdiction, we protect residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural properties.  

Our members are farmers, teachers, nurses, construction workers, students, accountants, and career firefighters. They joined the district to give back to their community and help their neighbors in times of need.



Be A Part of the Tradition,

Be A Part of the Excitement,

Be A Part of Your Community!


   To Apply, Applicants:

  • Must be at Least 18 years’ of age (upon Graduation from the Recruit Academy)
  • Must have/Maintain a Valid Driver’s License
  • Must have/Maintain Current Automobile Insurance
  • Must have the ability to Pass our Physical Agility Test (Physical Agility Test)
  • Must be able to Pass a Full Background Investigation
  • If you would like to apply to become a volunteer Firefighter or EMS Responder with the Boone County Fire Protection District  Apply Now


   Volunteer Benefits:

  • Free Fire Recruit Training Academy
  • Free EMT-B Training & Certification
  • Free Bunker & Wildland Gear (including Boots)
  • Free Monthly Fire & EMS Continuing Education
  • Free Specialized Training Offered, Hosted or Sponsored by BCFPD
  • Free Operational and Leadership Training
  • The Opportunity to Attend Local PR & Recruitment Events
  • Gas Card Program – $5/call
  • Regularly Hosted Station Drills and Training
  • Access to and Training on Top-of-the-Line Apparatus


Station Residency Program

The fire district has a long-standing residency program where members are provided a private, unfurnished sleeping room, most of which have a loft space.  Residents share a bathroom (usually with one other resident), dayroom, kitchen, workout room (available at most stations) and laundry facilities. 

Residents live rent Free, including utilities, internet/WiFi, cable/satellite TV, and off-street parking.  In exchange, residents help to provide station coverage when they are available and are expected to provide standby at their station. Resident firefighters are able to provide quicker response times to emergency calls and living at the station allows them to get more experience responding on the apparatus.


Continuing Education

Monthly Fire & EMS Training

All members of the fire district attend monthly Fire and EMS training.  This training ensures the safety of our members by providing ongoing training on new products, apparatus, and current industry standards.  Monthly EMS Training also provides continuing education credits necessary to maintain your state EMT licensure.



Leadership Development Program

This 6 month program aims to develop current and future leaders for the fire district.  The program focuses on understanding leadership  & motivation of members, small group dynamics, HR & legal issues and personnel development.

Operational Development Program

This 6 month program provides education and experience to aid members in commanding the first ten minutes of several different types of incidents.




The volunteers of the Boone County Fire Protection District respond to over 4,000 EMS, Fire Suppression and Rescue Service calls each year.   The District maintains a fleet of Grass Rigs, Engines, Tankers, Squads, a HazMat Truck, an Air Truck, a Support Apparatus, Boats across 15 Stations.  This would not be possible without the continued commitment of our dedicated volunteers.

Fire Suppression

The  Fire istrict responds to a variety of fire related incidents. Most notably, our volunteers extinguish an average of 15 structure fires each year. Additionally, the department responds to numerous wildfires throughout the year. The peak wildfire season in Boone County is typically February-April and September-October.




With two major highways traversing the county, our volunteers respond to a large number of vehicle accidents. The fire district operates three heavy rescue squads to handle accidents that require extrication with the jaws of life. These squads also respond to structure fires, search and rescues and technical rescues.


The vast majority of incident responses within the county are emergency medical responses. We respond to provide initial care and assessment because often times our stations are closer to the incident than the responding ambulances. Firefighters within the organization complete an EMT-Basic program upon entry into the department to prepare them for this role.

Will You Answer the Call?


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