|Take a couple moments to read this page, and you’ll have almost all the information you need to know about volunteering at Glen Echo Fire Department…
About Us, Our Culture, Our Spirit, And Why We’re Different
Our membership includes high school, college, graduate, and medical students, attorneys, nurses, economists, consultants, physicians, a professional dog trainer (we couldn’t make this up if we tried), scientists, automotive technicians, and people in many other fields.
Chat with any of our members, and you’ll probably hear some common themes:
Some of our more senior members will tell you that they started as volunteers thinking they would just stick with it for a couple years, only to find that their experience at Glen Echo was something they were unwilling to leave behind. GEFD volunteers who’ve moved as far away as Florida and Utah still come back several times a year to be at the firehouse and to run calls, and they Skype in to our membership meetings.
And several of our volunteers — some of whom will tell you they never would have dreamed of becoming doctors — have found their calling while members of the department and have subsequently gone on to medical school or become physician assistants.
We are the most convenient volunteer firehouse to American University and Georgetown University, and many of our members are Eagles or Hoyas. We’re located right on several bus lines and are less than a mile from where Massachusetts Avenue intersects the Capital Crescent Trail (a paved bike path linking Georgetown, downtown Bethesda, and other locations), so it’s easy to get to us. See our location page for more details.
And just to clarify, you do not need to live in or be a resident of Montgomery County to volunteer at Glen Echo Fire Department; many of our volunteers come from other counties in Maryland, from Virginia, or elsewhere. We are less than 2 miles from the Maryland-DC line, and that makes us an especially popular option for people living in Northwest Washington who want to volunteer but cannot because the District of Columbia Fire and EMS system does not offer volunteer opportunities.
No experience is required for any of our positions. If you have the will to go through training and to commit to serving the community on a regular basis for at least two years, then we are thrilled to have you join our family.
Ways To Volunteer
What We Provide
What We Ask
We are always thrilled to welcome new faces. At the same time, training and equipping new members is a time- and resource-intensive undertaking, and we try to make sure that everyone understands what it takes to remain in good standing as part of the department.
Glen Echo Fire Department welcomes new members on a rolling basis.
Applicants who come to Glen Echo Fire Department with either a valid Maryland EMT card, a valid NREMT card, or valid EMS credentials from another jurisdiction can apply for reciprocity in Maryland (if applicable), and with Montgomery County, and we can help facilitate filing the necessary paperwork (you may want to look at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems website for some further details).
All prospective members must submit an application and participate in an interview. New members who have not had prior fire or EMS experience have told us that participating in a ride-along can be very valuable in terms of seeing what we do and getting a sense of our culture, so we ask prospective members to spend an evening with us before applying. Please request a ride-along by completing the form on our contact us page.
Here is our membership intake and EMT class calendar:
Please note that being voted in during a given month does not guarantee a seat in an EMT class at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA), located in Gaithersburg, Maryland (hence the importance of registering for EMT class immediately upon being voted in). However, if a given EMT class offered at the PSTA is full, classes are also available at various times during the year at Maryland Fire Rescue Institute in College Park, Maryland, Georgetown University, George Washington University, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Training and Leadership Academy in Cheltenham, Maryland, and through other Maryland counties’ fire/rescue/EMS academies.
Download An Application
To access our application, please follow one of these links:
If you have questions, please send us a message on our contact us page.
We appreciate you considering Glen Echo Fire Department and we hope to hear from you soon!