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The Huntsville Fire Department is composed of 16 full time and 30 volunteer firefighters. The City currently has two volunteer vacancies that need to be filled.
Fire Chief Greg Mathis explained that volunteer firefighters receive $12 per call and retirement in the Texas State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA).
“Without these 30 men, we could not function and provide the types of service we do. Everyone hired for the position is trained to SFFMA standards, up to and equal to the certification levels of the paid staff,” Chief Mathis said. “Personnel can be members of specialty teams, and are trained to operate all kinds of apparatus.”
There are also opportunities for part-time shifts to be assigned for a stipend, depending on a person’s certification level.
Chief Mathis said there is a hiring process, with some required training necessary before becoming an active member.
“If someone is interested in volunteering, I suggest they attend one of our training sessions, held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. at Station 2, next to Taco Bell on Sam Houston Avenue,” Chief Mathis said. “This is a chance to get to know the staff, review our processes, and decide if this is the right fit.”
Chief Mathis noted that the City also has a bunker program for college students interested in firefighting. He explained that the program allows students to live rent free in a station, in exchange for services, training, and being involved in the day-to-day operations.
“Volunteers and students are important to us, because they are crucial to supplementing our workforce,” Chief Mathis said. “Our doors are open to those interested in this position, and we welcome them to stop by any station.”
Chief Mathis pointed out that many of the full-time firefighters started in the Volunteer Fire Department.
For more information, contact Chief Mathis at gmathis@HuntsvilleTX.gov or call 936-291-5944. To apply for a volunteer firefighter position, log on to HuntsvilleTX.gov/Employment.