About being a volunteer

Being a volunteer takes time, commitment and dedication. Our volunteers serve in Administrative and/or Operational capacities with the easiest distinction being, administrative members do not respond to emergencies and operational members do.

ADMINISTRATIVE MEMBERS are the "backbone" of our organization. They serve in a number of capacities like teaching Citizen CPR, providing canteen services and providing administrative support at public service events like concerts at Bull Run, the Fairfax Fair, and others. One of the most critical roles of an administrative member is facilitating financial support for our organization, helping raise money for new apparatus and maintaining our facilities. The primary source of money is our Monday and Friday Bingo Games which are run by administrative members.Operational Members staff emergency units and respond to emergencies in the community.

OPERATIONAL MEMBERS are trained at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy just like the career staff and are required to maintain the same certifications as career Firefighters and EMTs. It can take 12-14 months to complete training, the curriculum is intense but the work is rewarding.

There are two levels of Operational Members:

  • Firefighter/EMT: Provide fire suppression and Basic Life Support services as a supplemental minimum staffing fire fighter and BLS provider on fire apparatus, paramedic units and ambulances as needed to support the community. EMT certification is a pre-requisite to acceptance in Fire School.
  • EMS Only: Provide Basic Life Support services as supplemental staffing on paramedic units and/or staff an Ambulance as the Driver, BLS Officer or EMT as needed to support the community.​

​​The first step in the process to join is to inform us of your interest. Click here and fill out the Request for Information form. Select Lorton VFD as the Department you are interested in joining, the type of membership you are interested in (Administrative or Operational), and submit the form. The Membership Committee will contact you and guide you through the membership process.

**Note: All applicants are non-members until they pass the Background Investigation and are voted into a six month probationary membership status.

Operational members must pass a physical examination and be medically fit before training begins. Physical Exams for operational members are required annually to remain active. For more information on becoming a LVFD volunteer visit this page.

Being a fire and rescue volunteer in Fairfax County is a uniquely rewarding experience. Our volunteers agree that the greatest benefits of volunteering are the skills you learn, the life-long friends made, the chance to be part of a close-knit team, and the satisfaction and confidence gained from serving your community. However, in addition to these benefits, volunteers in Fairfax County’s 12 volunteer fire and rescue departments are afforded many other benefits, reflecting the valuable service they render to the community every day.

The following are the personal benefits enjoyed by Fairfax County’s fire and rescue volunteers:

  • World-class training (free of charge) in emergency medical care, fire suppression and other rescue and administrative disciplines (hazardous materials response, volunteer organization management, etc.).
  • Property tax exemption (members who perform 240 hours of annual service are entitled to claim a personal property tax exemption on one vehicle registered in Fairfax County).
  • Free access to Fairfax County recreation centers while on duty.
  • Professional development/educational opportunties.
  • Leadership experience (both administrative and operational).
  • Comprehensive annual physical (conducted free of charge, including immunizations, pre-screening, and follow-up care).
  • A wellness program.
  • Social functions.
  • Discounts offered by businesses to fire and rescue volunteers.
  • On-duty insurance (including life, injury and disability insurance).