Volunteer Fire Police

JOB TITLE:  Volunteer Fire Police (Volunteer FP)

PURPOSE:  A Fire Police Officer is an empowered by the municipality to handle emergency situations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Trained to address those situations and difficulties the public faces in encountering them.

The Volunteer Fire Police serves the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, ranging from emergencies that immediately threaten life or property to routine citizen requests for information or assistance.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:   To support the department in all activities including emergency response, training, fundraising, maintenance, and other special activities. Required to attend business and other organizational meetings.   The Volunteer Fire Police are expected to respond from home or work to Department calls.

Fire Police provide traffic control at fires, car crashes, mass casualty incidents, emergencies, drills and other fire department operations which include:

  • Regulate traffic at emergency scenes
  • Protect firefighters while fighting fire
  • Protect the general public at the scene of a fire
  • Keep fire areas clear for fire fighting purpose
  • Protect the equipment of a fire company
  • Enforce the laws relating to firematic activities and firefighting techniques
  • Cooperate with all regular police agencies
  • Protect the property at the scene of a fire
  • Carry out the orders of the Chief or local Law Enforcement Agency

The Volunteer Fire Police normally works under the supervision of a company officer and is expected to function effectively as part of a highly trained team.  Individuals fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a Volunteer Fire Police will at all-time present themselves in a courteous, professional and responsible manner.

TIME REQUIRED:  The Volunteer Fire Police is required to attend regularly scheduled training (every Monday night) in order to maintain the high level of knowledge, skill and ability necessary to function safely and effectively as a fire police in accordance with state law, county protocols, and standard operating procedures.  One monthly business meeting (every 2nd Friday night of month); Also required to complete Basic Fire Police and other modules (approximately 60 hours) during first year of membership.


  1. Minimum 18 years of age
  2. Sound physical conditions as evaluated by physician
  3. Pass probationary trainee test within 6 months of joining
  4. Pass physical agility test
  5. Pass interview by membership committee
  6. Sworn in by the Mayor of Camp Hill Borough


  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions using the English language.
  • Maintain physical conditioning necessary to perform efficiently in emergency situations; meet medical and physical agility standards as established.
  • Learn the geography of the area, location of important buildings and the street system.
  • Participate in training drills; attend school and classes on fire police,  traffic management fire police equipment, and vehicles, and other classes associated with recognized fire police standards
  • Learn and apply technical information pertaining to fire police.
  • Analyze and cope with a variety of emergency situations calmly but effectively and to react quickly to secure accurate and precise information on the location, extent, and nature of emergency aid requests.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public; to work effectively as a team member.
  • Service and operate all department equipment and apparatus.
  • Perform necessary maintenance, testing and care of fire police equipment and  auxiliary equipment and vehicles
  • Prevent waste and damage of materials, supplies, and equipment
  • Perform general maintenance and minor repairs to station facilities; perform assigned janitorial activities and minor maintenance and painting.
  • Perform community service activities.
  • Maintain necessary records and reports, incident forms, and daily shift operation logs, to accommodate needs of the department including computer data entry.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Work is performed primarily in the fire station, then on emergency medical scenes, mass casualty, fire scenes and extraordinary events as they occur.  Performing tasks under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion.  The exposure to death, emotional stress, patients with contagious diseases and terminal illnesses can be expected.

MENTAL DEMANDS:  While performing the duties of this position, the Volunteer Fire Police will be regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning;

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Physical hazard from fire, equipment, traffic and falling objects at emergency scenes, and exposure to health risks may occur.  Performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps as limited visibility, exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals and gases, extremes in temperatures, cramped surroundings, and contact with death, emotional stress, contagious diseases, and terminal illness.

RECOMMEND PERIOD OF COMMITMENT:  The department requests that new fire police  commit to serving at least 2 years after Basic Fire Police training is completed.

SUPERVISION: Provided by Fire Police Officers

BENEFITS:  In addition to great personal satisfaction about serving society we pay for all training expenses; Accidental Death and injury insurance; free alphanumeric pager service; personal assigned protective gear; class B uniform; special recognition awards.

EVALUATION:  At end of first 3 and 6 months (Probation Period); once annually thereafter by the chief and duty officer.

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