Getting involved with a volunteer fire department is an incredibly rewarding way to make a positive contribution to your community. And it is often a stepping stone to starting a career on a full-time fire department.

The process to get involved with PFVFR is to first put in an application. We do have an age requirement of 18 years or older. You can contact Joe Swartout Or Kaela Poplar who is in charge of our recruitment to get an application started. Kaela is able to be contacted via email:; be sure to include your name and daytime contact telephone number along with your information request. Joe and Kaela will then take your application and submit it to chief of human resources, Chief Lisa Baber.

Chief Baber will be in contact with you to get started on the County’s requirements of two background checks, one through our locate sheriff’s department and the other through the state police. She will also advise you on the things she will need you to do that correspond with getting the background checks done.

While you are waiting for the background checks to come in, PFVFR requires that you come to at least two of our monthly meetings before the background checks are done. The third meeting (which hopefully your background checks are in) and we will vote you in as a probationary member. Once you are voted in, we have a requirement of at least 24 hours a month and to attend monthly meetings. We also require you sit in our new volunteer orientation class which is usually on a Saturday.

When the background checks come in, the county does require you to have a physical with their doctor of choosing and a drug test. The physical and drug testing must be done prior to PFVFR voting you into the organization. All applicants must be approved through the county before our organization gets the ok to vote that individual in.

The process usually takes about three months or less. While we don’t require you to have any certifications, it is encourage to earn EMS certifications.

Whatever capacity you choose to become involved with our volunteer organization, I guarantee is will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Please click the link below! This link will take you to our application. You can fill it out and send it to Kaela via email or bring it to the station or you can meet up with Joe or Kaela in person to give him your application, whatever works for you!