FAQs - Volunteering
What requirements must be met to apply as a volunteer?
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Pass a criminal background check
- Possess or be able to obtain a clear and current Texas Driver’s License
- Serve at least seven shifts per month
How much time is required?
CVFD asks its volunteers to serve at least eight 12 hour shifts each month which is just slightly more than once each week. We have volunteers from all walks of life including engineers, executives, nurses, teachers, and many more. Many of these volunteers have a spouse and children. As a volunteer you are able to rest at the station until you are dispatched to an incident. Our scheduling process is flexible and can accommodate most people.
When are the volunteer shifts?
Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday from 6pm – 6am, all 48 hours on weekends (four 12 hour shifts), and all 24 hours (two 12 hour shifts) of major holidays.
How can I ensure my safety if I volunteer?
Emergency services can be a potentially hazardous atmosphere by nature. We will never ask you to put yourself in any situation in which you are not comfortable. We mitigate the risks through training and working closely with law enforcement. If you ever feel you are at risk we encourage you to take the necessary measures to ensure your safety. It is of utmost importance that every member makes it home at the end of the day.
Which station will be mine?
This is based on multiple factors and will be decided after you join the department. These factors include but are not limited to where you reside and where staffing is most needed. You are welcome to indicate a station of preference which will be taken under consideration.
Will the department provide the necessary equipment?
The department provides its firefighter with a full set of protective clothing and equipment for emergency response. Uniform shirts and belts are also provided to both fire and EMS personnel.
What if I have a criminal record?
A criminal conviction may not automatically eliminate you from the process. Factors which impact the decision include crimes committed, when it occurred, your age at the time, and the relationship between the crime and your position as a firefighter. Police records never go away, so be sure that you are straightforward on your application.
Do I have to be a citizen of the United States?
No. However, if you are a non-citizen, you must have acceptable documentation that verifies you are a legally allowed to work in the United States. The documentation must be presented/valid during the application process.