Join Our Department

Thank You for Your Interest in Joining the Deale Volunteer Fire Department !

The Deale Volunteer Fire Department is always in need of new members who wish to actively participate as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, or in a non-operational capacity in an administrative capacity.

Types of Membership

Operational Member –

Interested in Firefighting and/or Emergency Medical Services? Then, this is the type of membership for you! Members accepted as Probationary Operational Members are at least 16 years of age, in good health, and are willing to complete the initial training that is required to become a “certified” Emergency Responder in Anne Arundel County Maryland.

All of the training that you will need will be provided free of charge once you become a member of the company!

During the roughly six months of training, you will receive both classroom and practical/hands-on instruction to become a Firefighter I or Emergency Medical Technician. In addition, all members will complete Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic operations level training in Hazardous Materials.

Administrative Member –

We are always seeking volunteers for administrative and support roles — including administrative management, financial support, event support, community engagement, education and more!

Anyone who has an interest in providing a service to their community but does not necessarily want to complete the training and/or respond to actual emergency incidents can still become a crucial part of the DVFD. We are always in search of new members who are willing to bring new ideas and their time to help us to continue to provide the same high level of service that we have over the years.

Administrative members are required to consistently participate and contribute to the non-emergency activities of the Company and there are many ways you can lend your passion for volunteering, background, and experience to the DVFD.

Please contact us to see how your skills can support us!


Member Benefits

What benefits do you get from becoming a Volunteer Firefighter?

The DVFD Family
At the Deale Volunteer Fire Department, you are not just a member of our organization, you’re part of the DVFD family. Our members come from all walks of life, but on duty and off they all share a common bond to serve their community. DVFD members are Federal Workers, Career Firefighters, defense contractors, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, medical professionals, electricians, plumbers, and more, making the DVFD a great place to build lasting personal and professional connections. If you’re looking to serve in an organization where you feel rewarded in more ways than one, the Deale Volunteer Fire Department offers this and so much more.

Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP)
The LOSAP program rewards our volunteer with a generous annual State of Maryland tax credit beginning after only 3 years of active service and a monthly payment benefit after 25 years of active volunteer service. Deductions are also available on your Federal Taxes for mileage and more.

Real World Experience
The Deale Volunteer Fire Department has an engine company, truck company, and Basic Life Support Ambulance that respond to more than 1,800 calls annually. Located in the Southern part of Anne Arundel County and bordering Calvert County, we are a busy organization that responds on a wide array of emergency responses, allowing our members to quickly gain experience.

Free Training
The State of Maryland, through the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute, provides ALL fire and EMS training at no cost to DVFD members. The DVFD offers you excellent opportunities to gain emergency services knowledge and training so you can be the best at what you do.

In addition to formal training classes, DVFD conducts training on duty nights, quarterly drills, and as apart of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department to teach new skills and/or practice those you’ve learned so they are ready to use

Duty Night Dinners
There is nothing like sitting around our custom dinner table sharing a meal and the company of your fellow volunteers and the career staff! Almost every night of the week, DVFD duty crews prepare and share a community meal.

Tuition Reimbursement
Fire Department personnel, active volunteer or career firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians, seeking a degree in fire science or emergency medicine may be eligible for tuition reimbursement from various scholarship funds administered by the Maryland State Firemens Association (MSFA) Scholarship Committee. For more information on the MSFA Scholarship funds, click the following web link –

Uniforms/Personal Protective Equipment
Once members complete the required training to become qualified responders, they are issued personal protective equipment for fire and EMS operations at NO cost.

Training Required

The Basic Training Required to Become a Responding Member

Training is provided free of charge to current fire company members in good standing by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI). In addition, while always striving to remain a leader in training, the Deale Volunteer Fire Department provides many additional training opportunities to its members and members of other companies within Anne Arundel County.

To become an active riding Firefighter or EMT, the following requirements apply:


  • Firefighter I (108 hours)
  • HazMat Operations (24 hours)
  • Bloodbourne Pathogens
  • Physical
  • Fit Test

Ambulance Technician

  • Emergency Medical Technician (165 hours)
  • HazMat Operations (24 hours)
  • Bloodbourne Pathogens
  • Physical
  • Fit Test


Start the Process

You’ve thought about it for a long time. You’ve looked over the benefits. You’ve chosen how you want to Volunteer. You’ve seen all the training that is required. Your next step is to fill out this form and begin your journey into the volunteer ranks of the Deale Volunteer Fire Department.  We appreciate your commitment and we look forward to welcoming you into the DVFD family.

Deale VFD Membership Packet

All applicants for membership with any volunteer fire company in Anne Arundel County must agree to a criminal background check, a basic physical health screening and initial drug and alcohol screening. A random screening may be conducted throughout one’s membership. These requirements apply to all applicants at all fire stations as required and administered by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.