All Heart. All In.

Recruitment is a top priority in our department right now. We are actively seeking new volunteers to join our department.

The Fire and EMS service is one of the most diverse and challenging vocations today. It is this diversity that attracts most men and women to join our ranks as we are looking for any and all types of people who have a passion and desire to help their community.

All our members volunteer for different reasons. Action oriented people enjoy the excitement and adrenaline rush that emergency services have to offer. Many like the feeling they get when they help people in their time of need and some feel it’s their obligation to serve the community. Yet others just want to belong to the team. Whatever motivates you to volunteer – everyone gains the self-satisfaction of being at their best when others are dealing with what is often the worst that life has to offer.

We realize that firefighting & EMS is not for everyone, but we believe that volunteering can be. There is plenty of work to be done on or behind the scenes administratively and/or helping with NSCFD events. The personal rewards and satisfaction received from what we do is often beyond description. There is the sense of accomplishment when you control a building fire, joy and elation when a child is born, compassion for accident victims, and fulfillment from teaching fire safety.

The bottom line is our success is measured by the loss of life, pain and suffering, and the property damage we have prevented and reduced. Volunteering in emergency services is one of the most important decisions you may make. We hope that you give this decision the time and serious consideration it deserves, and decide to join our department.

Volunteer Benefits

A Second Family & Lifelong Friendships

At the North Sioux City Fire Department, you’ll find a second family waiting for you. On duty and off, the members of the department share a common bond to serve their community. Lifelong friendships have been formed in our organization for the 35 years … if you’re looking to serve in an organization where you feel rewarded in more ways than one, our department offers this and so much more.

Quality Training

You provide the commitment and we provide all of the training for FREE. From in-house, local and county training, to state certified courses, and regional and national seminars and conferences – we offer you the opportunity to explore every avenue of emergency services and train you to be the best at what you do. In addition to formal training classes, we conduct monthly training drills to teach new skills and/or practice what you’ve learned to keep them honed and ready to use.

Community Member

As a volunteer firefighter, you’re not only in service of the community, but also a more visible member of the community. This means the work that our department does in the community directly impacts the people you know and work with daily. This will give your work a stronger sense of purpose and have a positive impact on those in your life. Saving lives and serving people is the basis of virtually everyone’s entry into the public safety or healthcare service profession. As a volunteer firefighter, you will get to do this daily. You’ll have a part-time contribution and a community of peers you can truly be proud of and fulfilled by.


Almost everyone you volunteer with has other interests and likely another profession. Volunteer firefighting is a great way to make strong connections. When seeking a professional reference, a career recommendation, or even someone to help you out or share in your part-time hobby project, you’ll have plenty of people to turn to. Your network grows even further when you attend events for the firefighting community, and today, the secret to success can be just as much about who you know than what you know.

Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP)

This program rewards our volunteers’ active years of service with an annual payment after 10 years of active service up to a maximum of 15 years. This benefit is paid out if the member accrues enough points to be eligible for the benefit. Benefits begin at age 55 if the member is eligible.

If you would to send your application, please download below, complete and send to [email protected]

Volunteer Fire / EMS

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Volunteer Fire / EMS
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If getting hot, dirty, and physical is your game – this is for you. We offer virtually unlimited opportunities to explore the exciting world of firefighting and the training to do it safely. Whether you only assist on the outside – or run in to the fire as others are running out – there’s plenty for everyone to do on the fireground. The training is free, but the rewards are priceless.

Emergency Medical Services
If you enjoy helping people in medical emergencies – this is the position for you. In cooperation with the State of South Dakota and various EMS education courses, we’ll train you in CPR and first aid. We also help our members that are active and in good standing further their EMS education to obtain their EMT or higher education certificates.

Paid Paramedic Positions

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Paid Paramedic Positions
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Our department is a combination department. Currently, our Firefighters are all volunteers, but we have many firefighters that are also trained EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics. These volunteers assist with EMS calls, but 24/7, we have one paid Paramedic at the station covering a shift. Benefits include free employee health insurance, subsidized spouse & family insurance, a 6% match for state retirement, a flexible schedule, and more!

We are always looking to add additional Paramedics to our staff to work Part-Time when shifts are available. Full-Time positions are filled and advertised based on the current need of the department. If you are interested in a paid paramedic position, please download the description and application.

If you have any questions, please contact the department or our Lead Paramedic, Jackie Burke, at [email protected].

Support Member

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Support Member
Support member description pdf and volunteer application pdf

Do you have a specialized skill or hobby you can contribute? Support members provide non-operational support for the organization. From computer/IT support, public relations, photography, maintenance, community education and administrative functions – there’s plenty to do behind the scenes. Anyone who does not have the desire to participate directly in emergency services, or those who cannot meet the physical demands, are encouraged to serve our department in this capacity.

The Support members also provide on-scene support to operational volunteers by providing food and water to keep them energized while working on extended emergency incidents. They also assist in planning and preparing monthly member dinners, assist with Department events, assist at training nights, and help with maintenance and cleanup around the station.

Support members are asked to consistently participate and contribute to the non-emergency activities of the Department, in the way they agreed to upon joining. This encompasses a wide variety of possible activities. Please contact us to see how your skills can support us!

Why Volunteer?

  • Are you looking for new lifelong friendships, challenges and rewards?
  • Have you ever heard a siren or seen a fire engine and wondered what was happening?
  • Do you want to become involved in your community?
  • Have you been there when someone was stricken with sudden illness and wanted to assist?
  • Are you an empty nester or retiree eager to learn new skills and meet new people?
  • Have you ever witnessed or come upon a motor vehicle accident and wished you could help?

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