Get Involved in Your Local Volunteer Fire & EMS

There will always be a need for people who care, who help, who heal. As new tragedies shake us and new problems challenge us, we do more than fight fires. Volunteer firefighters and EMTs are trained and equipped professionally to fight for and protect their communities with pride. From the birth of a nation to modern days, the volunteer fire & EMS service of the State of New York has been at its best when times are at their worst. When you join the volunteer firefighting and/or EMS family, you honor a great tradition of stepping up whenever and wherever help is needed while also improving yourself.

We Teach

When you join the volunteer fire & EMS service, you learn to use the most advanced technology and tools available to protect and serve your community.

We Train

Ordinary men and women are trained to do extraordinary things when they join the volunteer fire & EMS service. We provide free training.

We Serve Together

Teamwork is at the center of all this training and equipment. The brother- and sisterhood of the volunteer fire & EMS service share the same basic training, rewarding experience and life changing growth that you can only find in these services.

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out this form or email

Rensselaer County

How to Become a Firefighter
Rensselaer County Fire & EMT Training Schedule (updated 10/4/19)
Regional Emergency Medical Organization(REMO)

New York State

Bureau of EMS
EMS Certification
State Emergency Medical Organization Training
New York State Federation of Search and Rescue Teams 
Fire Training


Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Volunteer Fire Council