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Division Director

Julius Halas

Assistant Division Director

Melvin Stone

200 East Gaines Street,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0322

Division of State Fire Marshal

Florida Volunteer Firefighter Information


Being a volunteer emergency responder is a rewarding experience and an extraordinary way to serve your community. It takes dedication, sacrifice, leadership, and mental/physical stamina.

Approximately 12 million Florida citizens depend on volunteer firefighters to protect their community. To keep these residents safe, it's critical that individuals volunteer for local departments. More than 315 departments throughout Florida utilize volunteers to sustain operations.


Volunteer Firefighter


If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Firefighter or performing Volunteer Support Services in Florida.

Definition: Volunteer Firefighter

Individual who holds a current and valid Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion issued by the Division of State Fire Marshal under s. 633.408, Florida Statutes.


Definition: Support Services

Those activities that a fire service provider has trained an individual to perform safely outside the hot zone of an emergency scene, including pulling hoses, opening and closing fire hydrants, driving and operating apparatus, carrying tools, carrying or moving equipment, directing traffic, manning a resource pool or similar activities.


Definition: Hot Zone

The area immediately around an incident where serious threat of harm exists, which includes the collapse zone for a structure fire.

                         - Grow as You Go -                                    The Online Volunteer Firefighter Training Program


The Bureau of Fire Standards and Training has developed a new approach to train Florida’s volunteer firefighters.  The Modular Online Volunteer Firefighter Program allows prospective volunteer firefighters to serve their community by completing modules until they receive their Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion. 

             For more information on this program, click on the link below.


CLICK HERE for a link to a worksheet that may be used by Volunteer Fire Departments to record training that will enable the Bureau of Firefighter Standards and Training to issue an updated Volunteer Firefighter Certification that will reflect 206 hours of training completed.

Guidelines for the Firefighter Part 1 Certificate of Completion Program (Volunteer Firefighter Taskbook)

The standard of firefighter training as required by Florida State Statute 633 and Florida
Administrative Codes 69A-37 and 69A-62 to be a Volunteer Firefighter is the completion of Part 1 of the State of Florida Minimum Standards Course. This document provides guidelines for meeting this requirement.

CLICK HERE to view/download the Taskbook


If you have any questions about the "GROW AS YOU GO" Training Program or about opportunities to serve with the Florida Volunteer Fire Service Community, please contact:

Mr. Charlie Frank

State Volunteer Fire Coordinator

Bureau of Fire Standards and Training

The Florida State Fire College

11655 NW Gainesville Road

Ocala, Florida 34482