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Minimum Requirements to be a Volunteer Fire Fighter



The Ellendale Fire Protection District will use the following procedures for processing prospective volunteer firefighter applications, interviewing, and background checks:

  • The Ellendale Fire Protection District is an equal opportunity fire department.  As such, all persons are eligible as volunteer firefighters without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin.  Additionally, volunteers will not be subject to discrimination, harassment or inappropriate treatment with respect to their race, color, creed, sex or national origin.
  • Criminal record and driving record checks will be conducted.
  • Appropriate background checks will be conducted as needed.
  • The department may elect at any time in this process to reject a candidate due to, as examples, medical concerns, work availability, poor driving records, or other reasons.
  • Firefighters should live or work within the boundaries of the District unless there are extenuating circumstances which are approved by a majority vote of the active firemen.
  • New members shall be accepted for membership by majority vote of the active firemen. 
  • A fireman may be removed from membership for any reason by a majority vote of the active firemen or by the District Board.


  • Must be physically able to perform the duties of an volunteer fire fighter as required by the EFPD.
  • Must possess or be able to acquire firefighter certification.
  • Must have and continue to maintain a good driving record.  A valid driver’s license or a state issued I.D. is required.
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Should reside in the boundaries of the Ellendale Fire Protection District.  The Fire Chief can authorize exceptions for volunteers that work in the District but live outside or vice versa.
  • Must be able to speak, read, write, understand and comprehend English for the purpose of performing the multiple communication functions of the job’s duties and responsibilities, and for the purposes of completing and/or following and/or applying all directives, reports and communications.
  • Must have the ability to acquire and to use specialized fire fighting knowledge, techniques and practices, and a strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Must report to trainings or calls, in a fit mental and physical condition in order to perform job duties and assigned tasks.  This includes the willingness and ability to participate in training and development activities.
  • Must be able and willing to work cooperatively and effectively within the structure of team approach concept, and/or individual initiative concept.
  • Must have the ability to work well with other individuals, be pleasant, congenial, and able to remain calm and courteous in relationship with other personnel and the public.
  • Must be self-motivated and be able to perform job duties independent of and without direct supervisory assistance and/or direction.
  • Must be able to work well and to perform work efficiently and productively under pressure, which may be caused by having to face critical and unexpected situations.

All personnel are subject, at all times, to the provisions of the Ellendale Fire Protection District Policies and Procedures Manual and any amendments, additions, deletions, and/or other revisions thereto.  Link to Policies and Procedures Manual


For an application, click HERE

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