Volunteer firefighter service can begin at the age of 16 as a student member of the department while they are still in high school. They can receive one half of one school credit with the high school for their satisfactory involvement with this program. They must maintain a C average in their school work during participation in the VFD.
Student members will receive the same training as a regular volunteer and, after that training, may likely perform many of the same duties as a regular volunteer during the course of an emergency event.
Many of our current career firefighters within Storey County started out as student members, including the current County Fire Chief, Gary Hames. Several other former members have gone on to firefighting careers in other regional or out of the area fire departments.