OFD career firefighters are City of Oxford employees and typically work rotating 24-hour shifts 10 days each month. Duties include emergency response as required, station duties, truck checks, training, and other administrative tasks. Fire service careers often expand 30 or more years and offer multiple avenues for advancement and skill application.
The OFD Cadet program is designed to allow 15 to 18-year-olds to explore the fire service and provide an avenue to give back to their community. Cadet duties are limited for their safety but there is still plenty to do to assist in daily and emergency response operations.
Volunteer firefighters comprise about 71% of our nation's fire service. In addition to providing life-saving services, these volunteers save communities across the nation a significant amount of money. It would cost the City of Oxford taxpayers an estimated $1 million every year if all of our volunteer firefighters were replaced with career staff. OFD volunteers are a critical component of our emergency response system.
What to Expect: By becoming an OFD volunteer, you will play a crucial role in protecting your neighbors from disasters and emergencies of all kinds. You will also be joining a tight-knit group of men and women dedicated to providing life-saving services to their community. Your commitment to OFD will require time and effort. We hold monthly meetings on the first and training on the third Monday and last Tuesday of each month.
Volunteering is not without reward! Benefits include:
- Service to your community
- Eligibility for NCSFA membership
- Eligibility to participate in NC Firefighter's and Rescue Workers Pension Plan
- Accidental death and disability benefits
- Being a part of something greater than yourself
- Opportunity to explore a new career while maintaining your current job
- Recognition as a vital member of your community
Come by the station and talk with us about volunteering. If you are ready, fill out and print the application. All volunteer applications must be turned in to the on-duty Lieutenant. Membership is open to all persons regardless of race, religion, or gender who live or work in the Oxford area and meet the minimum qualifications.