Recruitment and retention is one of the biggest challenges facing Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue (BCoFR) and emergency services nationwide today. Volunteers comprise more than 80% of the emergency services responders available for emergencies that may occur in the county and it is critical that we keep the volunteer fire and emergency service strong now and in the future. BCoFR continually strives to recruit more volunteers from within our community each and every day. If you have time and would like to lend a hand to your local fire or rescue agency, please click on the following link to fill out a volunteer application with BCoFR:
What can you expect after you apply? Once your application is received it will be processed by our staff and your information will be processed through Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police for a thourough background check. Applications successfully completing the background checks will be forwarded to the appropriate fire or rescue agency. The agency will then be in contact with the candidate.
Commitment: Agencies are commited to aiding BCoFR in continually meeting the mission:
To protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Bedford County while providing safe, timely, compassionate, effective and efficient services.
Please watch this video to learn more about volunteer opportunities:
In order to meet the mission, members must be willing to give of their time as outlined by their particular agency. Most agencies require a minimum level of participation in order for members to remain 'active', this may mean that you as a volunteer have to dedicate a certain number of hours per week or month. If you are a certified responder you may be required to run a certain percentage of calls in which the agency responds; regardless of the particular agency guideline, understand that you may be called into action at various times of day or night.
Agencies throughout the county have a need for volunteers that are non-certified members. These members may assist with task like fund raising, community outreach, support services, and business operations.
Agencies throughout the county require that primary responder's be certified to a minimum level within one year of membership. Basic training for fire department personnel includes becoming certified as a VDFP-Firefighter I this is a course that is offered annually free of charge to county volunteers. Basic training for emergency medical personnel includes becoming certified as a Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) this is a course offered annually free of charge to county volunteers.
We hope you consider becoming a volunteer within our community. If you have additional questions about volunteering, please feel free to contact Deputy Chief Janet Blankenship at 540.587.0700 and speak to her about these opportunities.