Volunteer Membership – Join Our Team!
The Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is always looking for exceptional people committed to providing compassionate services and rapid response to our community’s diverse needs. Our mission is to Save lives and protect property, while delivering the highest quality of service. There are many benefits of volunteering, which include:
Vital Rescue Work – Experience what it’s like to save those in need in a team environment.
Community Connections – Meet your neighbors and local businesses and become a vital part of your community. Pride, Camaraderie, Respect and Service to the Community are your priority. Most of us never tire of the commitment.
Tax Credit – Receive $4,500 income tax deduction per year from the State of Maryland after three years of service.
Training – Classes are taught by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and can be obtained within your county. Training is free of charge for all volunteers.
Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) – The LOSAP program ‘awards’ the long serving member of the Department with a financial reward. The program pays you a monthly stipend at age 65 based on the number of years you are an active member.
Career Building – Achievements in fire and rescue are skills that transfer to your resume. Many members use the skills obtained to accept career positions in many jurisdictions.
Advancement Opportunities – Continued training allows you to go from entry level to fire and rescue company leadership.
Our Company offers a variety of membership.
General Membership Guidelines:
Any resident of Urbana and its vicinity, 18 years of age or older shall be eligible for membership in this Department. Discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, martial status, political or religious opinion or affiliation, and physical or mental handicap (except in the cases where the disability or condition would preclude the individual from adequately performing the tasks involved) is prohibited. Any resident of Urbana and its vicinity between the ages of 16 and 18 shall be eligible for junior membership in the Department, with the written consent of their parents or guardians under the terms and conditions established by the Department. The number of Junior Members in the Department shall not exceed six (6).
All persons admitted to membership in the Department shall be on probationary status for a period of one (1) year from the date of admission. The applicant will receive a three (3), six (6), nine (9), and twelve (12) month review. The Board of Directors will present each probationary member with a written six (6) month review. If the probationary member has had two (2) unsatisfactory ratings or has not completed at least half of the work details required for active membership, they will be dropped from membership. At the end of the one (1)-year probationary period, the Board of Directors will either recommend or deny membership status and present this recommendation to the membership. If the Board recommends membership, a majority vote of the active members present at the monthly membership meeting shall make a ballot vote to either accept or deny membership.
It shall be the objective of the Department to have as many members as possible in the active members category.
All active members are required annually to attend six (6) meetings of the Department, take an active part in a minimum of twenty (20) work details and money-raising activities. Active members will have the privilege of holding office in the Department and voting on the business of the Department.
All active/operational running members will be required to attend all possible fire and rescue calls and have a yearly medical physical. You may provide documentation of a completed physical from your personal physician or have a physical completed at Occupational Health Service, Rose Hill Plaza in Frederick, at no cost to you. The Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association funds physicals for its Departments at Occupational Health Service (OSH) at Rose Hill Plaza in Frederick. A respirator fit test and clearance for fire & rescue activity will also be required annually. Department of Transportation exams for engine drivers’ licenses are also available at OSH.
The status of an active member who has missed 3 consecutive meetings of the Department without notifying the Recording Secretary of the reasons for his/her absences, and/or who fails, without reasonable cause, to take an active part in a minimum of 20 work details and money-raising activities of the Department shall automatically be revised to associate member status. Such action shall be based upon a recommendation of the Board of Directors and by majority vote of the active members voting at a regular meeting.
Administrative members are members of this Department who are not able to take an active part, at all times, in the various activities of the Department. Administrative members must take an active part in a minimum of 6 work details and money-raising activities of the Department, attend at least 3 regular meetings of the Department, but will not have the privilege of holding office in the Department, nor voting on the business of the Department. The participation of Administrative members in fire and rescue operations of the Department shall be determined and governed by the Chief and the Board of Directors. Once voted into the Department, Administrative members will be on probationary status for one (1) year. Upon meeting or exceeding the requirements of active status, Administrative members may request to be instated as an active member and will not have to complete a second probationary period. If active status requirements are not maintained, the members will return to Administrative status.
Note: Administrative members seeking reinstatement to active status must have attended 3 consecutive meetings of the Department and taken part in 10 work details and money-raising activities prior to requesting reinstatement in person at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors. Once this criteria is met, at a regular meeting of the Department, the Board of Directors may then recommend reinstatement to active status, and upon approval by a majority vote of the active members present at a regular meeting of the Department, to be effective immediately. At the December meeting of the Department, the Recording Secretary shall report to the membership the names of all administrative members who have not met the minimum requirement of 6 work details and money-raising activities. By a majority vote of the active members present, any administrative member who has not met the minimum requirement of 6 work details and money-raising activities may be dropped from the rolls of the Department.
Junior Members are required regularly to attend the meetings of the Department. Junior Members shall not be entitled to hold Department office or to vote upon Department business. The participation of Junior Members in fire operations, work details, fund-raising and other activities of the Department shall be determined and governed by rules, regulations, directives and orders promulgated by the Chief of the Department; such rules and regulations to be subject to revision and approval by the Board of Directors. No Junior Member shall perform any functions for the Department other than those prescribed in the described regulations, directives, and orders.
Associate members are members of this Department who are not able to take an active part, at all times, in the various activities of the Department. Associate members may attend all meetings and participate in all activities of the Department, but will not have the privilege of holding office in the Department or voting on the business of the Department.
Associate members seeking reinstatement to active status must have attended 3 consecutive meetings of the Department and taken part in 10 work details and money-raising activities prior to requesting reinstatement in person at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors. Once this criteria is met, at a regular meeting of the Department, the Board of Directors may then recommend reinstatement to active status, and upon approval by a majority vote of the active members present at a regular meeting of the Department, to be effective immediately.
Probationary members will be required to participate in as many work details and fundraising events as possible. Attendance at general membership meetings is mandatory.
Fund Raising Events:
• Public Dinners
• Carnival – The carnival is held every year in July
• Christmas tree sales
Probationary members must have the following minimum riding requirements prior to responding to any emergency incidents:
• Current CPR certification
• Blood Borne Pathogens/Exposure Control Training
• Hazmat Awareness (operations preferred)
• Deemed medically fit after appropriate medical examination and respiratory fit test
• Protective Envelope and Foam class (MFRI)
Probationary members must complete the Pre-Basic Fire & Rescue and EMS Program set forth by the Department.
General Membership Application Process
The following steps are required:
Membership dues of $5.00 must accompany this application or the application will not be accepted for review.
Note: A personal check made out to UVFD is preferred.
The Urbana Fire and Rescue Department’s Harassment Policy must be reviewed and signed, plus a copy of your current driver’s license provided or the application will not be reviewed.
Note: All applicants will go through a Maryland Justice System background check. which is public information available on line. Having a criminal record does not necessarily disqualify an otherwise qualified applicant from joining the Fire Department; however, failing to reveal that information on the application will immediately terminate the application process.
Please be sure that the application is filled out legibly, is accurate, and is signed and dated.
After submitting your application you will be contacted by the membership committee to schedule an interview. At the interview all membership requirements will be explained and you may ask any questions at that time.
All new applicants will be on probationary membership status for 1 year from your initial membership start date. As a probationary member it is recommended that you participate in as many work details and fundraising events as possible. Attendance at general meetings is mandatory with the following exceptions: Personal work schedules, family illness, or enrollment in a current Fire/Rescue training class.
Your membership status will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Department on a quarterly basis. At any time the Board of Directors and/or the President/Fire Chief can terminate your probationary membership if so required/deemed necessary.
Note: At any time if while participating in any type of MFRI training class your company membership is terminated, you will also be terminated from the MFRI training class. At that time you will no longer be covered under Workmen’s Compensation Insurance, which is a requirement of the MFRI standards.
Effective June 1st 2016 (All) Probationary Members will be required to participate in the following activities: Annual Fire and Rescue Open House Day; summer and fall Firehouse Clean up Days and 12hrs (4 3-hour shifts) of Christmas Tree Sales.
All Probationary Operational Members once basic EMT-B training or Fire Training is completed will be required to complete (18hrs; 3 6-hour shifts) of On Duty Operations as long as maintaining operational member status of the Department.
After your one (1)-year probationary period is completed and you have met all the requirements for your company membership status applied for, the Board of Directors will recommend your application to the general membership, a ballot vote will be cast at that time at the general membership meeting held on the first Thursday of each month. (Start time 7:30PM)
If you have been a previous member of our Department and at any point were terminated, were requested or advised to resign as a result of improper conduct, or the Department was in the process of taking disciplinary action against you which resulted in your resignation, your re-application to the Department will be denied.
If you have been a previous member of our Department and resigned under normal terms and are applying for re-admission, you will be required to serve the one (1)-year probation period.