Become a Volunteer


Become an Ephrata Fire Department Volunteer

Click Here for an EFD Volunteer Application

When one of our residents needs help, they call the Ephrata Fire Department. Whether it is a fire or medical emergency, they expect help. When that help comes, a volunteer from our community responds in a big red Ephrata fire truck.

What would you think if no one responded? Everyone in our community needs someone who cares and is willing to step up and help our neighbors when they are in need.

That someone can be you. Volunteering allows us to give something back to our community. Today, there are many demands on our time, and firefighting or emergency services require specialized training. There are many reasons not to volunteer. However, if you have a sense of civic pride, if you want to see immediate results of a job well done, if you have the heart and spirit to make your community a better place to live, consider volunteering with the Ephrata Fire Department.

Volunteer Fire Fighters: The volunteer fire and emergency medical service is a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience conveniently condensed into one package. The Ephrata Fire Department requires new volunteers to attend a Recruit Academy to become trained in basic fire and EMS operations before he or she can respond on a call. You will receive specialized training and carry specialized equipment to mitigate emergencies.

During the summer months, firefighters respond to many wild fires and brush fires, both in the city and as members of a countywide strike team that helps protect the entire state. The volunteers are almost exclusively the first to respond to any type of emergency in the area. We currently have 30 volunteer firefighters and always welcome more.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and be able to complete a written test, general physical agility test, and oral board. The EFD holds weekly training Wednesday evenings at 7 pm.


Some things are worth more than money and stay with you longer. Things like:

  • Respect From every member of your community.
  • Accomplishment Train to be a firefighter or an EMS provider and you'll develop knowledge and skills few can claim.
  • Friendship Some of your strongest social ties you'll ever make will be with your brother and sister volunteers...people who share your commitment and ideals.
  • Satisfaction Nothing beats the sense of fulfillment that comes from doing an important job well while helping your community.  


How much time does it take to be a volunteer?
It varies from week to week, but on the average you'll put in five to seven hours. Many volunteers enjoy putting in more.
What will my training cost?
It will cost you nothing. Thousands of dollars of valuable career training will be made available to you free of charge.
How long will it be before I can make a genuine contribution?
Immediately. And your responsibilities will increase as you gain experience and training.
Will I have any out-of-pocket costs?
No. Your uniform, equipment – even your annual physical – will be provided for free.
How do I get started?
Call us at 754-4666, or Click Here