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.
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.
The District’s initial training program to become a volunteer is very time-intensive, consisting of two separate certification classes, our Recruit Fire Academy and our EMT Training Program. The Recruit Fire Academy is a 14-week Training Program which covers Structural Fire, Hazardous Materials, Natural Cover Fires, Automobile Extrication and culminates in State Testing and Certification in Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Hazardous Materials Operations. Our Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Class is a 15-week Training Program culminating in the National Registry Cognitive and Psychomotor Skills Testing, as well as State Certification. The District provides all the necessary training and resources during both of these Training Programs.
After completing both the Recruit Academy and the EMT Program, 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.