Volunteer Firefighter

The New Ipswich Fire Department is actively recruiting volunteer firefighters. Anyone interested in becoming a firefighter can stop by the fire station to pick up required paperwork. Applications will be accepted at any time and retained at the New Ipswich Fire Station until such time as they are acted upon. Applicants will be required to pass a background check and motor vehicle record check.


Respond to fire, hazardous material, rescue and medical emergencies, as well as attend training and meetings as per department Standard Operating Guidelines.

Job Environment

Firefighting duties during emergencies involve the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions in protecting life and property, and frequently require strenuous physical exertion under handicaps of smoke, extreme heat, gases, and cramped surroundings. Work is of an emergency nature - fast paced and under pressure.

Examples of Duties

  • Lay, couple, and connect hose, advance hose into burning buildings to direct fog or water streams, use various heavy stream appliances and extinguishers.
  • Place, erect, and climb ladders.
  • Ventilate burning buildings and areas.
  • Use forcible entry tools, if necessary, to force locked doors, windows, and skylights.
  • Saw or chop openings in roofs, partitions, and ceilings.
  • Perform emergency rescue and extrication work under various conditions
  • After completion of department driver training program, drive and operate equipment and heavy apparatus such as pumpers, rescue trucks, and similar firefighting apparatus.
  • Attend departmental drills, company drills, and training classes.

Education and Experience

  • Maintain a driver's license
  • Maintain a CPR certification (fire department will train)
  • Previous firefighting experience is preferred, but not required


For emergency responses, must be able to work in dangerous, difficult settings under extreme pressure, maintain working relationships with members of other departments and with representatives from a variety of state agencies, interface with the public effectively and professionally, and work unsupervised for long periods of time.