Volunteer for Fire Dept.

Volunteer Firefighter working on a Summit fire
The volunteer division is a vital arm of the Summit Fire Department, providing additional personnel to supplement the City’s career force at a variety of emergency incidents.

The division has 4 volunteer companies:
  • Union Hose Company Number 1
  • Hose Company Number 2
  • Chemical Engine Company
  • Hook and Ladder Company

Qualifications to Become a Firefighter in Summit

First of all it takes someone with courage and dedication, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. In addition to physical qualifications, a recruit must complete Firefighter I, an extensive training program to gain basic firefighting skills. There is also an additional requirement for training on 2 Monday evenings per month to keep those skills sharp. These training sessions are applied to the requirement of 10 hours of riding time, as well as occasional specialized training, that we ask all our volunteers to complete.

Rewards of Serving as a Volunteer Firefighter in Summit

As a volunteer firefighter you enjoy the challenge of using newly learned skills. You will enjoy the friendship and fellowship gained from working with a team of people dedicated to helping the community. Service in the volunteer division could lead to a career in the Summit Fire Department, since New Jersey law permits preference be given to volunteers when filling vacancies in a combination career/volunteer department such as Summit.

As a Volunteer Firefighter in Summit you receive these benefits too:
  • Quarterly stipend paid to members attending 60% of all drills and emergencies.
  • Accidental disability / death insurance coverage.
  • Benefits of membership in NJ Firemen’s Relief Association.
  • State and Federal Line of Duty Death Benefits.
  • Workmen’s Compensation coverage.
  • Tuition reimbursement for college fire protection studies approved by the Training Division.
  • High quality personal protective equipment for firefighting and a radio pager.
Interested Parties
The Summit Fire Department is accepting applications for volunteer firefighters right now. If you are interested in this opportunity to serve your community, complete an application (PDF) and once it is complete, stop in at Fire Headquarters at 396 Broad Street, Summit, NJ 07901 and talk to us.
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