Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District.


The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District values diversity in the workplace. Men and Women of all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious and political affiliation, national origin and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To apply, please complete and submit the application form linked on this page. The application should be completed in full including uploading all driver’s license and certification information. We may wish to contact you by mail, telephone, email and/or in person. It is your responsibility to make sure contact information is correct and current. Except to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities, committee members or fire district staff cannot complete or change any information on the application. Any changes must be made by the applicant in person or through signed written communication. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Important Facts to Consider

Time commitment. Volunteering with CRFPD requires a very significant time commitment on the applicant’s part. All volunteers who are applying to be a part of the Fire or EMS crew at Station 81 will be asked to identify a specific block of time each month for “On Duty” shifts. Typically this is an average of 4 shifts per month between 8 and 12 hours each shift. Training, including the New Member Academy, Firefighter 1 Course, and regular monthly trainings will add to these hours. Members are required to attend a monthly membership meeting and may be frequently asked to help out with community events. Meeting such time requirements needs a significant commitment on the part of the applicant and their family/significant others. We strongly encourage that the applicant think about the time commitment in terms of their families and/or significant other to ensure that they have their support and understanding.

It is not a glamorous job. Participation in the Fire/EMS services is not necessarily for everyone. The work is physically strenuous, emotionally challenging and high stress at times. Service providers have to deal with extremely dirty and noisy work environments and are exposed to unsightly and disturbing sights on a regular basis. The rewarding aspects of the service is the knowledge of a job well done, having the ability to help someone in need and often having made a difference in someone’s life. It is often a thankless job with few tangible rewards, a lot of training and little recognition. You need to ask yourself “is this for me?”

Active Member Volunteer Commitment:

  • Maintain training for certifications
    • 40 hours of training annually
    • 24 monthly shift hours
    • Attend 6 membership meetings annually
    • Annual CPR training
    • Annual Infection Control training
    • Annual HIPAA training
    • Participation in events – 4th of July parades, blood pressure checks, senior housing lunch, polo medic, Mountain Fair EMS/Fire, rodeo medic, fire department open house events, etc.


  • Honor of serving your community in emergency situations
  • Opportunity to meet and work with other highly trained motivated and enthusiastic individuals
  • Opportunity to interact with numerous local, state and national fire and rescue organizations
  • Fire and Rescue related training
  • Emergency medical training
  • Fire and Rescue related gear, clothing, etc.
  • Use of exercise equipment
  • Participation in numerous department and community functions held each year
  • Worker’s compensation coverage while training and performing firefighting duties
  • Disability and life insurance coverage if injuries or death occur while training or performing firefighting duties
  • Retirement benefits(Length of Service Award Program)See LOSAP requirements in Membership Handbook
  • Annual recognition awards
  • Annual holiday party
  • Fire department gear- t-shirts, hats, etc.
  • Monthly meeting dinner
  • Meal tickets while on shift duty


Application for Membership

Vounteer Fire/EMS
Mailing Address (if different from your home address)
Are you a US Citizen?
Are you 18 years of age or older?
Do you have a valid Driver's License?
Have you received any traffic citations in the last three (3) years and/or any convictions for Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Ability-Impaired during the last seven (7) years?(Required)
Have you ever been convicted of a felony?(Required)
Any physical or mental conditions which may require an accommodation by the District to permit you to perform volunteer firefighting or emergency medical services?


Have you ever had any prior training or experience in firefighting or emergency medical services?
State of Colorado firefighter level of certification:
State of Colorado EMT certification level:


Please list the name and location of the schools you have studied at along with your major and degree received.


May we contact your employer for a reference?(Required)

Previous Fire Service Experience

1. Have you ever been a member of another fire department or fire protection district in the state of Colorado or elsewhere?(Required)
(If, no please skip to question #2)


Please list three (3) local references (references will be contacted):

Whom to notify in case of emergency

Max. file size: 32 MB.

**Please include the following with your completed application: Any current certifications you have, a copy of your Driver’s License and a copy of your DMV record.**