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Volunteer Fire & EMS

Fire & EMS Recruitment and Retention:

In St. Mary's County, the fire departments and rescue squads are 100% volunteer. In 2016, Fire and EMS volunteers responded to over 14,000 calls to assist fellow citizens during an emergency. Every fire department and rescue squad in St. Mary's County is recruiting new members. There are a variety of positions that do not require a person to respond to the scene of an emergency including administrative and fundraising roles. For citizens who want to serve the community by becoming a certified firefighter or EMT, the training is provided at no cost.

Incentives are offered to citizens who volunteer at fire departments and rescue squads. A few of these incentives include a college scholarship program, length of service awards program and a Maryland State tax deduction after three years of service. For more information, contact the Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at 301-475-4200 72114,

Summary of Benefits