Inside Laurel Rescue

LVRS Application Process

The Process

  • Submit Interest form online
  • A Member of the Membership Committee will contact you via the email address you provided to arrange an initial phone interview. Please check your spam folder to make sure you receive the email.   
  • After the initial phone interview, you will be asked to complete PGFD Application and an in-person interview will be scheduled with the LVRS Membership Committee
  • The PGFD application process is extensive. The process includes fingerprinting at the PGFD Fire Services Building in Landover Hills and an extensive background investigation. Once cleared, you will be asked to undergo a mandatory physical at Concentra in Lanham. The cost of the background check and physical are covered by PGFD. 
  • Once you have passed your background check and physical you will be placed on the ballot at the next LVRS General Meeting. These meetings are held Bi-Monthly. The Membership Committee will let you know the date of this meeting.
Got Questions?

Recruitment FAQ's

LVRS is a private organization integrated into the Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD) system.  We run 2 basic life support ambulances, a rescue squad, a rescue engine and a water rescue team.  LVRS equipment is staffed by career county firefighters from 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.  At all other times, and augmenting the career crew during the day, LVRS is staffed entirely by volunteers.  In addition, our station has the capability of “upgrading” our basic life support ambulances to paramedic status when the appropriate providers are available, in station, to run advanced life support calls.

Absolutely! Our ride-along program provides a firsthand glimpse into life as a Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad. From onboard experiences on our rigs to the vibrancy of station life and interactions with our committed volunteers, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding to determine if this is the right fit for you.  Click here to schedule your ride-along experience.

No. You are not required to have any prior emergency medical or fire training. Training will be provided once you have completed the PGFD application process. All new members are required to attend the LVRS orientation class and the PGFD Volunteer Recruit School (VRS), which is an introduction into the County Fire Department. After completing the PGFD VRS, you will become eligible to sign up for other training. These classes, and others, are provided without charge by either LVRS or PGFD. LVRS members are encouraged to participate in a variety of training including additional EMS, fire and rescue classes.

Yes. As an active Operational member of LVRS, you are required to stand 12 hours of duty a week, the same night every week from 7pm-7am or Saturdays from 7am-7pm and one Sunday 7am-7pm every 8 weeks with your duty crew. All active operational members must become an emergency medical technician within 18 months of joining. Emergency medical technician classes are usually held in the evenings from 7pm to 10pm, two nights a week, at the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute in College Park.  The class is approximately five months long.  

New members typically observe ambulance and squad operations and participate in any duty night training and chores.  New members are required to complete the PGFD VRS class before they can perform any “hands on” patient care.  When you begin to ride, your function will be limited by your level of training.  As familiarity and training increase, you will move up to performing functions requiring increasing amounts of responsibility. 

No!  Many of our members serve additional time outside their 12-hour a week uniform duty period requirement.  We are busy enough that there is often a need for additional personnel, and it is a great way for new members to gain additional training, as well as meet other members of LVRS.  There are also several committees within the organization that are looking for additional help to perform duties outside of the usual operational tasks.

We will try to accommodate those people who work shift work or varying schedules.  The nature of the services we provide, and the necessity for continuous, supervised training for new members makes it difficult for LVRS to adequately train new members that are not serving a regular duty period.  We require all new members to serve at least the first six month probationary period on a regular evening duty period so that the duty officer and/or senior member can continually monitor your training and periodically evaluate your progress.

Due to the often sensitive nature of EMS/Fire/Rescue work the county has higher standards that its members must live up to and abide by in order for the public to be able to put its trust in us.  Especially under the new background investigation process, any previous incidents are likely to show up on an investigation.  The process will go more quickly if you provide the information truthfully on the application.  Appeals are available if you fail the background investigation and feel that there are mitigating circumstances. Depending on the incident type, and ultimate disposition of the incident, the county may still allow the applicant to participate in emergency operations. 

Many volunteers have gone on to become career personnel within PGFD and other jurisdictions.  Becoming a volunteer and getting the training is good preparation for trying to get a career position, but does not guarantee that you will be hired.