Join a community that’s in service of the community.

We are looking for people just like you.


Join your neighbors in being part of something bigger, and make a connection with your community.

The Shelburne Fire Department – and the Town of Shelburne – relies upon volunteers to answer the call to serve.

The Process

Joining the department starts with an application.

After applying, you’ll undergo an interview, which is also an opportunity to ask questions.

At the first Department meeting after the interview, applicants are presented to members, and a one-month waiting period begins. During that time, you’re welcome to attend training and begin meeting members. At the next monthly meeting, your application will be voted on and, if approved, a six month probationary period begins (though timing varies). At the end of the probationary period, another vote is taken for a status change to full membership.

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We're just like you.

Our department is entirely volunteer, and firefighters in Shelburne come from all walks of life. We are lawyers and veterinarians, general contractors and project managers, parents and students, who stop what we are doing to help our neighbors when they are in need. We all want to be part of something bigger — making a connection in our community and to help our neighbors.

Photo of Shelburne firefighters wearing "regular job" clothes

There’s a fire. You call for help.
Who answers?

The vast majority of Americans live in places that don’t have a single firefighter on the payroll. “The Call” is a portrait of the volunteer fire service that steps up to answer this critical need, told in the unique voice of an animator, Jonathan Weiss, who is a volunteer firefighter himself in Pawlet, Vermont.

Will you answer the call?

Join Shelburne Fire

Since its inception in 1941, members have proudly protected life and property in Shelburne, Vermont, a town of 7,000+ residents located along Lake Champlain.

Our History

The idea of neighbors helping neighbors has always been strong in Shelburne.

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