The Hereford Volunteer Fire Company has served the Hereford community and surrounding areas of Baltimore County since 1924. We are a community-based fire station where most members respond from home to the fire station when a fire call is dispatched. Today, the HVFC operates an engine, rescue squad, tanker support unit, tanker truck, special unit, brush unit, and ATV.
The Hereford Volunteer Fire Company is staffed and operated by 100% volunteer members. We are always seeking new members to assist with fire/EMS responses, administration, fundraising, and all other aspects that keep the station running.
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Fill out the form below to start the membership application process. Alternatively, you can download the paper application and bring it directly to the station, which is located at 510 Monkton Rd.
Feel free to stop by for a station tour or to meet our members.
Volunteer Firefighter Membership
- Hears alarm and prepares for appropriate response.
- Drives or rides safely in Company vehicles.
- Understands visual and spoken orders and takes appropriate action.
- Removes or leads persons from buildings or hazardous situations.
- Carries or drags hoses, ladders, and other equipment. Tests and maintains apparatus and associated equipment.
- Assists in the saving of lives and property and in extinguishing fires.
- Operates firefighting and rescue equipment.
- Participates in drills and other training activities.
Training and Experience: Successful completion of the probationary period as a member of the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company. Members receive free training from the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI). Some of typical courses completed by new members include Firefighter 1, HAZMAT Operations, and Emergency Medical Technician.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Entry Level): Knowledge of the principles and practices of fire suppression, fire prevention, and emergency rescue. Knowledge of Company rules, regulations, policies, and operating procedures. Knowledge of the types, causes, characters, and behavior of fires. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of departmental vehicles, apparatus, and equipment. Skill in performing fire suppression and emergency rescue.
Skill in strenuous work such as lifting, carrying, and dragging ladders, hoses, and other firefighting equipment. Skill in operating departmental vehicles, apparatus, and equipment. Ability to assist in investigating the causes of fires. Ability to conduct or participate in fire safety programs. Ability to act calmly and decisively in emergency situations. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to follow rules, regulations, policies, and operating procedures. Ability to maintain records.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Full Performance): Skill in assisting with the investigation of the causes of fires. Skill in participating in and conducting fire safety programs. Skill in maintaining records.
Physical Requirements: Persons in this role must be able to safely perform the position’s duties without posing a threat to the health or safety of themselves or others.
Character Requirements: Persons in this role must be of good moral character and emotionally stable as determined by a background investigation and a drug test.
Volunteer Administrative Membership
Applicants applying for administrative membership (non-riding) would be exempt from the training requirements listed above. Administrative members support the HVFC by completing tasks related to the business side of a volunteer fire company including fundraising, administration, finance, budget, public relations, building maintenance, etc. It is also possible to join as an Administration Member and transition to a Firefighter role at a later date.