Sound Beach members pose after confined space training.

General Information and Requirements

"When I am called to duty, wherever the flames may rage, give me the strength to save some life..."

Becoming a volunteer firefighter is a truly rewarding and gratifying experience. Did you know that there are over 823,350 volunteer firefighters across the country? The tradition of volunteer firefighting began at Sound Beach over 100 years ago and is still strong today. Become part of one of the oldest traditions in the country by becoming a volunteer firefighter!

Sound Beach is actively looking for new members to join the department. No experience or prior training is required. The department will provide you with all of the necessary training and equipment necessary for you to start volunteering for your community.

"When I joined Sound Beach, I became part of the fire department family. I know that if I ever needed anything my fire department brothers would be there offering support. As I would do for them."

Lt. Kevin Schmidt, active Sound Beach volunteer firefighter

Active Firefighter

Active firefighters respond to incidents and participate in specialized training programs throughout the year. To become an active volunteer firefighter, you must meet certain criteria, including:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Posses a valid drivers license;
  • Have a legal right to work in the United States;
  • Live or work within the Town of Greenwich or in the immediate area;
  • Pass an extensive criminal history background check;
  • Pass a pre-employment physical provided by the Greenwich Occupational Health department;

All new members will be required to complete and successfully pass Firefighter I. In order to remain active with the department, members must also attend a certain amount of training sessions per quarter and pass an annual physical. To learn more about the training opportunities available, click here.

Drivers and Apparatus Operators

Do you hold a commercial drivers license or a Q endorsement? If so, we can use you! The department is seeking experienced drivers to drive fire apparatus. Drivers are required to undergo a background check, physical agility test and training on driving and operating apparatus. To learn more about becoming a driver, click here.

Associate Member

Not interested in becoming an active firefighter but still want to help? Associate member status is a non-response position that is responsible for supporting the department and its members. Associate members assist in public relations, marketing, fund raising, special events and various department functions.


Not quite 18 but want to learn more about the fire service? The Sound Beach Explorer Post is a great program to get actively involved in the emergency services field. As an explorer, you will train along side active firefighters and learn some great live-saving skills (such as first aid and CPR). To learn more about the explorer program, click here.

Sign-up Today!

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please contact the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department. We look forward to having you as part of the team!

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