Frequently Asked Questions

Union Fire District

Frequently Asked Questions

Junior Membership begins at age 16 with Full Membership beginning at age 18. All applicants should be in relatively good health.

The training schedule is flexible, with each station meeting multiple times a week to accommodate busy schedules

The reward is the satisfaction of helping a fellow citizen in their time of need. You also will receive the opportunity to train in many different fields free of charge. Each firefighter has the opportunity to receive the length of service awards program that pays firefighters who meet the requirements.

All the equipment required for firefighting will be provided by The District at no cost to the firefighter.

The District operates eight stations located throughout the Town. We recommend you join the station closest to your residence; however, applicants have the opportunity to join any of the District’s eight stations.

Yes, there are many other tasks you can assist with other than climbing ladders.

No, we have many members who do not live or work in the Town of South Kingstown. We have many opportunities to contribute as a firefighter such as weekly trainings, daily or evening duty engine shifts, or other events and details. We would welcome members from any community to join our ranks.

While there are no specific fitness tests, firefighters are expected to maintain a level of physical fitness to perform their duties effectively.

Volunteers can have scheduled shifts, with flexibility for day, night, and weekend availability. Or they can respond to the station whenever there is a fire call. We provide multiple training opportunities throughout the week.

Yes, new recruits undergo a probationary period during which their performance and knowledge are evaluated to ensure they can operate at a fire scene safely.

Volunteers respond to a wide range of emergencies including fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, and hazardous material incidents. Lean more about the types of calls here

The time commitment can vary depending on individual availability and departmental needs.

As volunteers, there’s no formal process for requesting time off. However, if you anticipate being absent for an extended period, such as a few months, please inform your station to maintain your status as an active volunteer upon your return.

Questions are welcomed! Simply use the contact form or call us at (401) 789-8354 to have an informal talk about the process and answer any questions