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Volunteer Firefighter

Ideal applicants for the Volunteer Firefighter position should be committed to serving their community as well as becoming an asset to the Derby Fire & Rescue Department. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and are required to complete an eight-week training academy comprised of one training night a week.


  • Interview with full-time Derby Fire staff. If accepted, a background check is run to ensure you have a valid driver's license and no outstanding warrants.
  • A Fit for Duty form filled out and signed by a physician.
  • Attend a minimum of 30+ hours of basic firefighter training. This is normally held three hours a week on Thursday evenings.
  • Obtain a State of Kansas Firefighter I Certificate (FFI) within one year and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) within two years. 
  • Pass a physical agility test given after the 30+ hours of training. This test is required annually for all firefighters who wear air packs and enter environments that are dangerous to life and health.
  • Perform a minimum of 12 hours per month of scheduled on-duty time.
  • Be available to answer calls when needed.
  • Live within lawful drive time of less than 25 minutes to Station 81.

New firefighters are probationary until they pass the 24+ hours of training and obtain FFI certification as well as EMR or EMT certification.
View the application.

If you have questions, contact Lt. Nate Splane at 788-3773 or

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