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The Baden Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community of Baden for over 100 years. We take pride in our community, and in our members, and dedicate ourselves to providing outstanding service to those that call on us.  We are staffed with dedicated volunteers who have felt the calling of serving their community, by donating their time and talents to help keep the residents of Baden safe.

Becoming a member is extremely rewarding. The BVFD is always looking for new recruits that are willing to serve their community. Applicants must be 18 years of age, and are not required to have any experience prior to the application process. For anyone under the age of 18, the department hosts an Explorer post through the Boy Scouts of America (#441).

There are some things you may want to consider before beginning the application process:

- Can I dedicate at minimum 2-4 hours per week to the department?

- Do I have reliable transportation to and from the department for calls, functions, and fundraisers?

- Am I willing to attend regularly scheduled training and meetings?

- Am I willing to comply with the probation policy?

- Am I able to attend fundraising and special events or training?

If you can answer 'YES' to those questions, you are able to begin the application process!

Each candidate must first begin by obtaining and completing a paper application. Once the application is received, along with your $10 payment (application fee + member dues), the Board of Directors will review it and from there, set up an appointment for a formal interview. After the interview, the Board of Directors will submit their recommendation at the general membership meeting for discussion and the application will be voted on. You will be notified of your status shortly thereafter.

Once accepted, you will be placed on a 'probationary' status. This is a period of a minimum of 6 months to 2 years where you are expected to meet a series of goals, some of which are:

- Complete an in-house training regime geared towards developing your basic firefighting skills and becoming familiar with our apparatus and equipment.

- Complete the Essentials of Firefighting program (Modules 1-4) within 2 years.

- Complete the Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician course within 3 years.

Some examples of benefits for our members include but are not limited to:

Free Training: The department provides in-house training 2 times per month (3, if on probation), and also sponsors members to attend approved training at outside venues.

Personal Protective Equipment: The department provides all necessary PPE (probationary and active member turn-out gear), as well as Life Insurance, Workmans Comp, and Disability Insurance if injured in the Line of Duty.

Events: Several events throughout the year that benefit our community and our members. These may be in the form of parties, fundraisers, and our annual dinner.

Serving your community as a volunteer firefighter is a noble and rewarding experience.