Join the OVFC

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company!

The Odenton Volunteer Fire Company is always in need of new members who wish to actively participate as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, or in a non-operational capacity in an administrative capacity.

Getting More Information
If you after you review the membership requirements page you still have questions, you can contact us by using the form below or by email at membership@ovfc28.org.

Monthly New Member Orientation
We hold a monthly orientation the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at our station located at 1425 Annapolis Road in Odenton. Fill out the form below, contact us at membership@ovfc28.org or just show up at the orientation to learn more!

Types of Membership

As you will learn – a volunteer organization such as ours is always in need to people to help raise funds to support our operations. We are always in search of new members who are willing to bring new ideas and their time to help us to continue to provide the same high level of service that we have over the years.

Responding Member

Interested in Firefighting and/or Emergency Medical Services? Then, this is the type of membership for you! Members accepted as Regular Responding are at least 18 years of age, in good health, and are willing to complete the initial training that is required to become a “certified” Emergency Responder in Anne Arundel County Maryland.

All of the training that you will need will be provided free of charge once you become a member of the company!

During the roughly six months of training, you will receive both classroom and practical/hands-on instruction to become a Firefighter I or Emergency Medical Technician. In addition, all members will complete Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic operations level training in Hazardous Materials.

Non-Voting Regular Member

This category of membership is for those who are 16-17 years of age. All other details listed for Regular Responding membership and training apply. Upon reaching the age of 18, members of this type apply for and are generally accepted to Regular Responding status at that time.

Administrative Member

We are always seeking volunteers for administrative and support roles — including administrative management, financial support, event support, community engagement, education and more!

Anyone who has an interest in providing a service to their community but does not necessarily want to complete the training and/or respond to actual emergency incidents can still become a crucial part of the OVFC. We are always in search of new members who are willing to bring new ideas and their time to help us to continue to provide the same high level of service that we have over the years.

Administrative members are required to consistently participate and contribute to the non-emergency activities of the Company and there are many ways you can lend your passion for volunteering, background, and experience to the OVFC.

Please contact us to see how your skills can support us!

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Member Benefits

What benefits do you get from becoming a Volunteer Firefighter?

The OVFC Family
At the Odenton Volunteer Fire company, you are not just a member of our organization, you’re part of the OVFC family. Our members come from all walks of life, but on duty and off they all share a common bond to serve their community. OVFC members are Federal Workers, Career Firefighters, defense contractors, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, medical professionals, electricians, plumbers, and more, making the OVFC a great place to build lasting personal and professional connections. If you’re looking to serve in an organization where you feel rewarded in more ways than one, the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company offers this and so much more.

Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP)
The LOSAP program rewards our volunteer with a generous annual State of Maryland tax credit beginning after only 3 years of active service and a monthly payment benefit after 25 years of active volunteer service. Deductions are also available on your Federal Taxes for mileage and more.

Real World Experience
The Odenton Volunteer Fire company has an engine company, truck company, and Basic Life Support Ambulance that respond to more than 5,000 calls annually. Located in the fastest growing part of Anne Arundel County and bordering the U.S. Army Installation of Fort George G Meade, we are a busy organization that responds on a wide array of emergency responses, allowing our members to quickly gain experience.

Free Training
The State of Maryland, through the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute, provides ALL fire and EMS training at no cost to OVFC members. Additionally OVFC currently has the benefit of SAFER Grant funding to send a member to regional and national seminars and conferences. The OVFC offers you excellent opportunities to gain emergency services knowledge and training so you can be the best at what you do.

In addition to formal training classes, OVFC conducts training on duty nights, quarterly drills, and as apart of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department to teach new skills and/or practice those you’ve learned so they are ready to use

Duty Night Dinners
There is nothing like sitting around our custom dinner table sharing a meal and the company of your fellow volunteers and the career staff! Almost every night of the week, OVFC duty crews prepare and share a community meal.

Tuition Reimbursement
Fire department personnel, active volunteer or career firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians, seeking a degree in fire science or emergency medicine may be eligible for tuition reimbursement from various scholarship funds administered by the Maryland State Firemens Association (MSFA) Scholarship Committee. For more information on the MSFA Scholarship funds, click the following web link – http://www.msfa.org/content/scholarship.

Uniforms/Personal Protective Equipment
Once members complete the required training to become qualified responders, they are issued personal protective equipment for fire and EMS operations at NO cost.