Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Klein Volunteer Fire Department. Below is some information that we believe may be of use to persons considering membership.For an application, please click here to submit an application.
Fire Fighting is not for everyone, but volunteering can be!
There is plenty of opportunity to serve your community through the volunteer fire service, and much of it has nothing to do with firefighting.
The fire service is a challenging endeavor. It is this challenge that inspires most men and women to enter the fire service as a volunteer. This endeavor is not for everyone however. You need more than just desire to help people. You need courage, dedication, assertiveness and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges.
The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the volunteer fire service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a life is saved, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment in teaching fire safety.
If you are looking for a change of pace or excitement in your life, the Klein Volunteer Fire Department is for you. If this action-filled lifestyle does not appeal to you, have no fear, there is plenty more that can be done to support the department that does not include running into burning buildings or other emergency situations.
We have many committees within the department, all of which you will be welcomed to join. Running and maintaining a department of our size is time consuming and at times, costly, so the volunteering of your time is something we value. Just the maintenance of the building and grounds alone can be quite costly. We also maintain a computer system, attend to regular truck and equipment maintenance, as well as tending to fundraising, banquets, memorial services, member activities, parades, and a full menu of things that need to be done by the volunteers.
What does it take to be a firefighter?
No previous experience is needed. KVFD firefighters pride themselves on a strong foundation of training that begins on the first day. While formal training to ride is eventually required, new members are able to ride in a limited capacity after receiving basic in-house training.
Initial formal training consists of the Essentials of Firefighting class taught at our new Training Facility, Drill Tower, and at our Stations. This class is approximately 90 hours, and spans a total of four months. Students receive instruction in theory of fire behavior and suppression, forcible entry, ventilation, property salvage, basic hazardous materials training, as well as first aid and CPR. Most of the class is hands-on and successful completion results in State Certification as a Firefighter I. Upon completing the Essentials of Firefighting class, members are encouraged to continue their training through a Firefighter II completer course and are welcome to take additional specialty classes that are applicable to our operations that interest them. Such classes include vehicle rescue, rope rescue, hazardous materials, and advanced firefighting operations.
Weekly maintenance and training nights are held every Monday night from 7-9pm. Officers and senior firefighters conduct drills to sharpen everyone’s skills or to try out a new procedure.
If you are at least 18 years of age, and this interests you, stop by one of our stations on a Monday evening, introduce yourself, meet your fellow firefighters, and then fill out an application online.