Making the commitment to serve your community as a volunteer firefighter is one of the most selfless choices that one can make in life. As a member of the Orwigsburg Fire Department, you will serve the over 3,100 residents of the borough of Orwigsburg as well as those in surrounding communities. You will become a part of the thin red line brotherhood in which you will have a bond with firefighters all over the world.
We will accept anyone wishing to answer the call to serve their community – no experience is necessary. Those who wish to be an active firefighter will have all training and equipment paid for at no cost. Those not wishing to be active firefighters may serve support roles helping with our fundraisers.
If you are over the age of 18 years old and wish to become a member of the Orwigsburg Fire Department, simply click on the Senior Membership Application Form listed below and follow the directions that are specified within the membership application. Upon completing the application, follow one of the two methods listed below for submitting of the application for processing.
- Stop by the Fire Station (121 N. Liberty St. Orwigsburg) and turn the application in personally.
- Mail the application to the following address:
Orwigsburg Fire Dept.
PO Box 205
Orwigsburg, PA 17961
Please attach any training certifications that may have been acquired with prior emergency service affiliations.
Once your application has been completed and received, please allow for a maximum of a two-month period for a background history to be conducted.
Orwigsburg Fire Department Junior Firefighter Program
The Junior Firefighter program has been established by the Orwigsburg Fire Department to carry on the tradition of safely developing young firefighters through quality education and training. These young men and women of the Orwigsburg Fire Department will gain a sense of pride, teamwork, and satisfaction as they serve and protect the people of the Orwigsburg area.
Benefits To Becoming An Orwigsburg Fire Department Junior Member
- Resume builder for college and/or job profession
- Develop new friendships and bond with fellow firefighters
- Receive the opportunity to attend training
- Gain experience that can help with life’s lessons
- Be part of a team that serves and protects Orwigsburg and surrounding communities
Membership shall be limited to persons who have attained the age of sixteen (16) years and have not attained the age of eighteen (18) years. All applicants for Junior Membership shall obtain a Transferable Work Permit (16 & 17 year olds) from school, Parental Permission Slip and a Membership Application for approval at a regular Company Meeting. The Fire Chief will have the authority to approve or deny Junior Member Applications and discuss the activities associated with firefighting with the Junior Member’s parent or guardian.
During the school tem Junior Members (16 & 17 years old) may not respond to alarms between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 am, except the night before a legal holiday or Saturday or Sunday which they can respond until 1 am. If a Junior Member is on the fireground before midnight he/she can remain until the incident is over.
Junior Members will be required to attain satisfactory (passing) school grades. Junior Members will be required to have their report cards reviewed by the Fire Chief or other Line Officer at the end of each marking period. Unsatisfactory (failing) grades will result in suspension from the Fire Department during weekdays until the Junior Member’s grades improve.
During the summer vacation (last day of school – first day of school) there are no restrictions regarding the time allowed to respond to alarms.