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Become A Volunteer

Our Agency would not be able to fulfill its mission without the hard work and dedicated service of volunteers. Our unpaid professionals contribute countless hours in order to serve their fellow citizens, and make Will County a safer place to live. We are always interested in speaking to local citizens who share our dedication to community service. 


To be eligible, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age,

  • Reside within Will County,

  • Be available to respond to emergency calls, and

  • Donate between 16 and 20 hours per month to the department for training, work activities, and emergency response activities.


Additionally, applicants must understand that as a member, they may be frequently placed in situations that require extended periods of heavy physical activity under a variety of environmental conditions.


By simply contacting us and inquiring, you will have completed the first step.


We invite you to attend our Prospective Volunteer Night which gives you a great overview of who we are.  You will be able to meet the various Division Chiefs and complete a membership application.  We ask that you also bring copies of any certifications or licenses you may have (i.e. Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Operations Certification, Amateur Radio License, etc.).  These items are not needed to be a member, but those skills can become of use in your area of interest.


After the Prospective Volunteer Night, the agency will conduct an Application Review; upon successful review of your application an Induction Ceremony is held along with Agency Orientation (2 hr. training session).


Other training included in the New Member Basic Training includes:

  • Blood Borne Pathogens/PPE

  • First Aid CPR/AED

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations I – Classroom

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations II – Driving

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness

  • Passport/Accountability

  • Radio Communications

  • Search and Rescue Awareness


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers a wide variety of Independent Study Courses that can be taken online.  As part of the New Member Basic Training there are three classes we want you to take:




There is no cost to attend these training sessions.  Once you have completed the course, you will need to take an open book test, and you will receive your results via an email from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI).  You can forward this via email to our office at: Once you receive your certificate, we will need a copy for your file.


If you feel that your time and skills might be useful to our Agency, and would like to explore the volunteer opportunities available with our Agency, you may register to become a Volunteer by calling our Administrative / Office number at (815) 740-8351 or by filling out the Volunteer Registration form below.

Once you have received a confirmation e-mail for the Prospective Volunteer Night, you can begin to complete the Application for Volunteer Membership. If you would like to start this process now, you can download a copy here. Otherwise, a copy will be provided during the Prospective Volunteer Night. Please bring your copy with you to the Prospective Volunteer Night

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