Thank you for your interest in becoming a reservist of the United States Fire Department Reserve Corps (USFDRC). Unlike the regular governmental emergency services personnel, the Reservists consists of civilian members, former and/or current emergency services personnel, and U.S. Armed Forces individuals who routinely undergo training and emergency services operations alongside the regular personnel.

 

The USFDRC: Command and General Staff School (USFDRC: CGSS) programs provide "highly trained" personnel to augment their regular counterparts, on operations both at the state and national.

 

We are the first national reservist volunteer fire department in the nation. Active volunteer’s reservist members becoming in the nearing future emergency services professional in emergency management, fire services, emergency medical, and support service professionals to serve our nation. Projecting “savings millions of dollars in volunteer personnel hour costs alone” annually to local taxpayers.

 

The USFDRC is actively recruiting individuals who wish to serve our nation. Eligibility requirements include men or women ages 18 and older who live or work close to a USFDRC command or branch, good physical condition, and have the desire to participate in emergency activities. The various emergency services roles and responsibilities are determined by certifications obtained through various training programs. No training or fire service experience necessary for reservist membership. The USFDRC will sponsor all-volunteer training.

 

Those persons who do not have the desire to participate in emergency activities, or who do not meet the physical requirements for active membership are also encouraged to join us. These support members contribute to the areas of fundraising, public relations, public education, and administrative assistance, and many other areas.

 

Being a Reservist in the USFDRC is a uniquely rewarding experience. Our volunteers agree that the greatest benefits of volunteering are the skills you learn, the chance to be part of a close-knit team, and the satisfaction and confidence you gain from serving your community and nation.

 

Applicants must meet certain strict requirements to be considered eligible for membership, and active volunteers are expected to fulfill several participatory, certifications, and compliance requirements to remain involved. Attendance at regular departmental meetings and participation in administrative functions is encouraged.

 

Getting started with the USFDRC is easy...

  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or of any misdemeanor directly related to the position of employment sought, nor have pled "nolo contendere" to any charge of a felony.
  • Background Investigation Level II by the Department of Law Enforcement, (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI).
  • Must have a good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation. Completion of USFDRC Forms  6-01 / DCP 1 Affidavit of Good Moral Character, (AGMC) 2020/04/29.
  • For firefighters must be a non-user of tobacco or tobacco products for at least 1 year immediately preceding application, as evidenced by a sworn affidavit.
  • Must have a valid United States State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, (DHSMV) Identification Cards, (I.D.) or Driver's License and have maintained a good driving record.
  • Must be able to work variable shifts, including shifts that require 8 to 12 hours of consecutive duty during national and state emergencies.

 

Additional requirements for the following commands:

  • The Anthropological Disaster Services Command (ADSC): All reservists are required to be a current undergraduate student or have a bachelor’s degree at minimum. Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.7 GPA.
  • The Mental Health Service Command (MHSC): including the Reservist and Family Services Branch (RFSB) and Disaster Mental Health Service Branch (DMHSB): All reservist personnel provide at least two weeks of volunteer services per year. They are independently licensed, and certified professionals through the Florida Certification Board. All reservists must hold an active, unencumbered license and certification to practice independently without on-site supervision in the state in which they live. They must be psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, professional counselors, school counselors, or school psychologists. 

  • The Chaplain Services Command (CSC): Ecclesiastical Endorsement, applicants must receive an endorsement from an ecclesiastical endorsing agency. Possess a baccalaureate degree of not less than 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university listed in the current edition of the American Council on Education’s (ACE), Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education, or from a school whose credits are accepted by a college or seminary listed in this publication, or by any institution listed in the current edition of the Directory, Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Bulletin, Part 4, or accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Schools (TRACS).  Have successfully completed 3 resident years of graduate professional study in theology or related subjects (normally validated by the possession of a Master of Divinity degree, an equivalent graduate degree, or 90 semester hours) at an accredited graduate school, and a minimum of 2 years of full-time professional experience.
  • The Emergency Animal Response Services Command (EARSC): All reservists are independently licensed or certified professionals in veterinarian medicine. All members must hold an active, unencumbered license or certification to practice independently without on-site supervision in the state in which they live.

 

Preferences: All current active and former Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Management and all qualifying US military personnel. Our membership is a dynamic blend that ranges from dedicated local citizens to college students from across the country.

 

Together, we will provide tens of thousands of hours of reservist volunteer, staffing, training, community outreach, and beyond... Come to Consider Joining Us...

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USFDRC: Form 6-04/DCP 01 Reservist Candidate Application 2018/03/25

USFDRC Form 6-04 / DCP: 1 Reservist Candidate Application Form 2018/03/25
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USFDRC: Form 6-05/DCP 01 Affidavit of Good Moral Character (AGMC) 2015/04/29

USFDRC Form 6-01/DCP 01 Affidavit of Good Moral Character (AGMC) 2015/04/29
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USFDRC: Form 6-06/DCP 01 Professional Recommendation for Membership Form (PRMF) 2020/01/21

USFDRC Form 6-01-DCP 01 Professional Recommendation for Membership Form (PRMF) 2020/01/21
USFDRC Form 6-01-DCP 01 Professional Rec[...]
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USFDRC: Form 6-07-DCP 01 Reservist Candidate Application Acceptable Documents Checklist Form (PRMF) 2020/01/21

USFDRC: Form 6-07-DCP 01 Reservist Candidate Application Acceptable Documents Checklist Form (PRMF) 2020/01/21
USFDRC Form 6-07-DCP 01 Reservist Candid[...]
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Application Process

This section contains the application process for becoming a reservist member. Please read the below instructions to ensure you understand all the steps necessary to apply.

 

Overview: The application process for all to enter consists of compiling a package of relevant documents and credentials, including a narrative, resume, transcripts (if requested by the command branch), letters of recommendation, degrees, etc. 

 

All applicants should work with the recruiter to prepare and submit their application. Recruiters arrange an interview, commissioning physical exam, and background screening, (if applicable) key components to your application package.

 

Remember to treat the entire application process like a job interview; your professionalism and integrity are being constantly evaluated by your recruiters and staff!

 

Applicants who are disrespectful or display behavior that is inconsistent with our Core Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Services, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage, will be disqualified from the process.

 

Timeline: Building a compelling application typically takes several weeks to complete.

 

First Step: Your first step should be to determine your program(s) of interest, and if you meet the eligibility criteria.  To do this, please contact your recruiter, review command webpage and contact the commanding officer (see contact us) for further information

 

Determine your Deadline: Based on your program of interest, you should then read the information in the “Program Deadline Dates” section below to educate yourself on the application deadlines.   Several programs have multiple opportunities to compete for selection.

 

Example: Find the program (Command or Branch) that you wish to become a reservist member for, i.e. Mental Health Services Command. Application deadlines are 30 days before the first day of summer (June 20 or 21,) training will commence within the first week of summer respectively.  This is when your application is due to your recruiting office.

  • Note: Typically, there are more opportunities for selection in the earlier panel (or group), so it is worthwhile to submit an application to compete in the first available panel for your program.  If you are not selected, as long as you remain eligible, you can compete in the second panel.

 

Contact Your Recruiter: You should then get in touch with your recruiting officer as soon as possible, “WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE “DEADLINE”.

 

Begin your Application:  Download the application and other related documents on this page. The recruiter will assist you in compiling all the information necessary for you to compete for your selection.  An Affidavit of Good Moral Character will also be a part of this process. Your will screen you to ensure that you meet program eligibility criteria, character criteria, and medical criteria. If required as per your command branch.

 

Application Resource: The Application Package describes the various steps and components of the application process in great detail, consult the Application Package early to ensure you prepare your application properly.

 

Physical Exam: Please be aware that physical review by a doctor is required to ensure that you are medically fit for service. Your recruiter will assist you in scheduling your physical at a certified location. If required as per your Command or Branch.

 

Interview: Another major aspect of your application is an interview that is conducted by an impartial board of three officers. These officers will evaluate your potential to be a successful reservist or officer in the organization.  Your recruiter will arrange your interview.

 

Note: Be prepared for the interview; it is in a formal setting and is very extensive. Consult the Application Aid Kit for interview information & preparation tips.

 

Application Submission: Once your package is complete, your recruiter will conduct a quality check to ensure that all required documents are present.  Your recruiter and ONLY your recruiter will submit your application to the USFDRC: Recruiting Command Branch (RCB). The deadline for this submission is listed as the RCB, date for the associated programs in the “Program Deadlines” section.  Please be cognizant that this is the date by which RCB must receive your application!

 

Selection Panel: Your package will compete for selection during the panel relevant to your command branch program, which convenes on the “Panel Start Date” listed below in the “Program Deadline Dates” section.

 

Stay in touch: Ensure you maintain contact with your recruiter throughout this period of time.

 

Panel Results: You will receive a notification from RCB and your recruiter if you are selected.  Typically, notifications occur within approximately one month following the conclusion of the Panel. You will also receive a notification if you are not selected.  If selected, you will be informed by RCB and your recruiter of additional steps that may be required of you, including directions on how to accept or decline your appointment.

 

NOTES: Selection is conditional on your ability to maintain eligibility into the USFDRC.

  • What's next? Once you have accepted your selection, the RCB will begin coordinating the following: staring date, training date, and assignment to a command branch company or unit.
  • One final reminder: Applicants shall have applications fully completed and submitted to the Recruiting Officer no later than the deadline.  These dates are final, and recruiters should not feel obligated to make exceptions.

Special Note

We welcome and encourage disable first responders, law enforcement, related government agencies, and active duty, reserve and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces to apply.

Command and Branches Home Page

The Anthropological Disaster Services Command

The Chaplain Corps Command

The Citizen Corps Programs Command

The Command and General Staff School

The Emergency Animal Response Services Command

The Emergency Disaster Funds Relief Services Command

The Fire and Rescue Command

The Mental Health Services Command

  • Reservist and Family Services Branch
  • Disaster Mental Health Services Branch

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Equal Employment Opportunity Act and the America with Disability Act

Equal Employment Opportunity Act: The United States Fire Department Reserve Corps fully support the Equal Employment Opportunity Act for all pay and reservist members and will not discriminate in the candidate eligibility. Eligibility decision are based on merit and needs, and not on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

America with Disability Act: The United States Fire Department Reserve Corps will not discriminate against any qualified candidate or job applicant with respect to any term, privileges or conditions of membership or employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability.

We participate in the U.S. governments employment eligibility verification program (E-verify).

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