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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 otherwise be without protection.  

Our Volunteers

Volunteer firefighters come from all walks of life.  Our members are farmers, teachers, nurses, construction workers, students, accountants, and career firefighters. They joined the department to give back to their community and help their neighbors in times of need.  Along the way, they have developed a friendships and a strong sense of family with those on the Fire District.

Volunteering Can Make a Difference in Your Community and Will Change Your Life!


The lives and property of our citizens depends on well-trained volunteers. The training you will receive will help you develop the valuable skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in your role with Boone County Fire, and prepare you with skills that will last a lifetime.  Training for our volunteers follows two main phases: Initial Training and Continuing Education.

Initial Training

The initial training to become a volunteer is the most time-intensive program in the fire service.   Our Recruit Academy lasts 4 months, consisting of two evening classes a week, on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 PM-10:00PM, and every other weekend on both Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.   During the Recruit Academy, you will be trained on a wide variety of skills including firefighting, vehicle response and rescue, EMT-B requirements, apparatus operator, hazardous material response, water rescues, wildland fire  and a variety of other skills. The department provides all necessary training and resources during this program.

Continuing Education

After completing the Recruit Academy, volunteers are released to the stations and begin responding to emergency incidents.  The District provides monthly Fire and EMS training for the volunteers at no cost to them.  The volunteers are expected to attend the monthly Fire and EMS training sessions.  This training is provided to to ensure the safety of our memebers and the citizens of our community by providing ongoing training on new products, apparatus and current industry standards.  EMS training meets all the necessary training requirements for EMT-B relicensure with the State of Missouri.

Apply Today

The first step to becoming a Volunteer is to apply.  Interviews are conducted twice a year for our Spring and Fall Recruit Academies.

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