Become A Member
Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about becoming a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician:
Q: Where can I find an application to join?
A: An application can be downloaded by clicking here or by visiting the Fire Dispatcher at Fire Headquarters locating on Center Street, at the rear of City Hall.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement to join the fire department?
A: Yes. You must be 18 years of age to be sworn into the Fire Department.
Q: Do I have to live in the City of Long Beach?
A: No. The Fire Department will accept applications for membership from anyone who lives or works in the City of Long Beach, East Atlantic Beach, or the Village of Atlantic Beach.
Q: Will I have to sleep in the firehouse?
A: No. There is no requirement for volunteers to sleep in the firehouse.
Q: Will I have to pay for my training, gear, or uniform?
A: No. All training, uniforms, and fire gear are provided by the department at no cost.
Q: How do the fire fighters know when there is a call?
A: Volunteers are alerted for alarms through a paging system. Each member is provided with a one-way voice pager which will activate for each alarm and a message broadcasted by the fire dispatcher will be heard.
Q: How much training is required?
A: Training in the fire department is on-going, however within your first year of membership you will be required to complete 2 courses provided by the Nassau County Fire Service Academy, as well as attend weekly company training drills. All training is a combination of indoor/classroom and outdoor/hands-on training.
Q: Can I become a member if I’m in college?
A: Yes. The fire department encourages college students, over the age of 18, to join. Special Fire Academy training for college students is provided in a consolidated format. Students who are available during the summer months, and are interested in being involved with EMS (Emergency Medical Services), will gain great experience during Long Beach’s busiest months for medical emergencies.