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1. How do I become a member?

A: Stop by the Main Street Station. And ask for an application.

2. Do I need any special education?

A: A High school diploma or General Education Diploma. Must finish school if still attending.

3. How old must you be to join?

A: 16 years or higher, 16 years old may not participate in hazardous activities until 18 years of age.

4. Do I need any special training?

A: No all trainings are done at the firehouse or regional fire schools thru out the state.

5. What does it mean to be a member of the fire department?

A: members are expected to be of service to the department and community as a trained firefighter or be in a support role . Members are expected to attend department meetings and stay abreast of changes and new developments. Members who want to train as firefighters , must realize firefighting is a strenuous activity and the must be physically fit to meet the challenges.

6. When do I change the battery in my smoke detectors?

A: when the time changes in the fall and spring or change it every six months.

7. How long are smoke detectors good for?

A: 10 years . The smoke sensor becomes weak over time so the entire smoke alarm should be replaced after 10 years.

8. What numbers can I call in an emergency?

A: call 911 and give your name and number and location and address .

9. What number can I call for scheduling a station visit to the fire station ?

A: you can call the office number 1-606-573-4130, if no one answers the phone promptly please leave a message.

10. What is the State Fire Marshal’s Office number ?

A: 1-502-573-0388.

11. Do I get paid?

A: The volunteers get reimbursed every 3 months for meetings, response to calls and trainings must be 18 years old.


Harlan Fire Department, 114 Main Street, Harlan, KY 40831
Phone: (606) 573-4130 Fax: 573-1690 E-mail: