The Orange Beach Fire Department Resident Volunteer Firefighter Program (RVFP) is an exciting opportunity. The RVFP is designed to give young men and women an opportunity to pursue a career in Fire and Emergency Services.
Applicants that are accepted into the RVFP are expected to successfully complete Firefighter I/II training. After successful completion of the training program and receiving their Firefighter I/II certification, they will be assigned to a regular shift in the Orange Beach Fire Department where they will serve alongside our career members working twenty-four-hour shifts performing all of the duties of a firefighter, gaining valuable experience and training to prepare you for a career within a full-time fire department.
Additionally, applicants will be sent to school to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Advanced EMT (if already an EMT) to complete the training requirements for the RVFP. Participants can stay in the program for up to two years; a minimum of one-year commitment is requested. In exchange for this commitment to the RVFP, participants are provided with the following:
- Lodging, with all utilities, paid for
- Certification as a Firefighter I/II (based on successfully completing the course and passing the certification exam)
- Opportunity for additional fire service certifications (for example Apparatus Operator, Hazardous Materials Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, etc.)
- A monthly stipend
- An opportunity to become a certified Ocean/Surf Lifeguard (via the United States Lifesaving Association)