Frequently asked questions
Must I live in Essex Junction to be a firefighter?
All volunteer firefighters are required to live within an approved responding distance from our fire station. Essex Junction firefighters pride themselves on quick response time to fire calls.
What kind of training is involved?
Essex Junction firefighters are trained in a wide range of technical skills. Some of these skills include fire suppression, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle extrication, disaster response, alarm and CO detector response and fire prevention education.
Do I have to have prior experience to join the Essex Junction Fire Department?
No, to join the Essex Junction Fire Department you do not have to have prior experience. All training you will need will be provided in the Chittenden County Basic Course and Fire Department trainings. Because the County Basic course only occurs twice a year February and October the Essex Junction Fire Department only hires members without prior experience before those courses start. If you are interested please apply and we will reach out to you before the courses start to complete your application and prepare you for the course
If I have prior fire/rescue training and experience, will it count towards Essex Junction Fire Department training requirements?
Yes. Proof of your training, such as class records and/or grades should be sent in with your application to be reviewed by the training Chief. If hired by the department we will add your previous training to your Essex Junction Fire Department personnel file. If you meet our interior firefighting training requirements we will hire new members at any time during the year.
Does the Essex Junction Fire Department have equal requirements for entry and training?
Yes. Medical and physical requirements follow OSHA and NFPA standards. The Essex Junction Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer.
Are Essex Junction firefighters directly paid or compensated?
Yes. Members are on-call firefighters and receive an hourly wage for calls