Firefighters & Emergency Responders

This page contains a wealth of information for firefighters and emergency responders, including directories, Rockland County fire associations, newsletters, standard operating procedures and more. It also contains information for teens and adults who are looking to become involved in the fire service.

Become a Volunteer

Rockland County has an all-volunteer fire service that provides 24 hour a day, 7 day a week protection for you, your friends and your family.

There are many benefits to joining a volunteer fire department such as building your confidence, learning a new skill, building camaraderie by becoming part of a team, and serving your community.

Click on the link below to learn more about joining.

Download the Blue Book (6.25MB pdf), a guide to Rockland County Fire Service Organizations, compiled by the Rockland County Volunteer Firemen's Association and produced through the efforts of the Committee to Promote Volunteerism in Rockland County.

College Educational Opportunities:

RCC EDGES Program - Educational Development and Growth for Emergency Services

Application submission dates:

  • Applications for EGDES need to be submitted 1 week before the session start date/1st day of class.

H.E.R.R.O Program - Higher Education Recruitment and Retention Opportunities

Note: Grades must be submitted 90 days after the end of the academic session.
Completed Applications (except for your Grades) can be submitted as soon as you have all the paperwork completed. Grades need to be submitted within 90 days of the last day of the semester.

Other Services and Agencies:

Helicopter Emergency Lift Program (H.E.L.P.) (1.32MB pdf) provides air support to all Rockland County Police, Fire, and EMS agencies.

The object of this Association is the advancement of the interests of the volunteer firefighters, fire companies and fire service, promoting and strengthening the bonds of unity, which should properly exist among the various fire departments and companies throughout Rockland County and to render assistance, encouragement, education and safety, and in general, everything that would tend to enhance the efficiency of volunteer firefighters and further their cause.
The RCFF Pipes and Drums are a non-profit, all volunteer band and rely solely on the support of the local Fire Departments and the public for support and donations.We have been serving the Firefighters of Rockland County, New York since 2004. We are available for all social functions, including but not limited to, fire department functions, funerals, weddings, promotional events, memorials, parades and other community related events.
Provides information, education and training for the volunteer fire and emergency medical services throughout New York State.
Mission is to provide a window of opportunity to support the volunteer fire service organizations and all member firefighters within the sixteen counties comprising the Hudson Valley Volunteer Fire Association and the public they serve.
Official website for the association, a 501(c)3 non-profit group. Contains news and upcoming events.
Supports and fosters public education of fire and injury prevention, promotes fire education through seminars and workshops, represents the emergency services before state and federal government officials, keeps members informed of pertinent news and information that affect the emergency services, and more
Delivers the highest quality, state of the art, and most comprehensive training, response, and technical assistance programs and services to emergency responders, local entities, and the citizens of New York State.
Contains information on the history of the memorial, ceremonies, selection criteria, meetings, etc.
Provides daily awareness of emergency-related events and activities from throughout New York State.
US Government site for emergency related topics, grants, disaster survivor assistance, etc.
Contains information for the public on what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
Provides information to the public on various topics including flood maps and insurance, preparing for a disaster, and more.
Look for classes offered at the national academy in Maryland.
Get information on standard rules and regulations for the fire service.
Official Website for the US Department of Energy.
Get information on local and national weather conditions.