Join The Team & Family

Every day, in every community, emergency responders answer the call of our families, friends and neighbors who are in need of assistance. From car accidents to heart attacks to house fires, emergency responders are there to protect lives and property.

Emergency responders are a special type of people, with many different reasons for answering the call of duty. Some like the challenges and the adrenaline rush, while others like to sharpen their emergency skills and techniques. Every one of them answers the call so that they can help someone in need.

Today’s emergency responders do far more than put out fires or bandage wounds. Emergency responders are the first line of defense in natural and man-made disasters. They respond to vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, specialized rescue situations and a vast array of emergency medical complaints.

Becoming a volunteer emergency responder can be the most rewarding experience of your life, and allows you to reach out to someone in need.

Thank you for showing interest in applying to the Yorktown & Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department. Currently our fire department serves approximately 35 square miles of territory and 20,000 lives. This includes but is not limited to providing fire, rescue and a non-transport emergency medical service. Currently our department runs approximately 600 – 700 calls per year.


Volunteer firefighters respond to fires, medical emergencies, personal rescue situations, vehicle accidents, structural emergencies, and more. 

All of this is done on your time with your availability. Once on board, you and the chief will help to manage your schedule and availability to provide service to the community where you are able and best suited.

There is no typical volunteer firefighter. It is a collection of individuals who lead everyday regular lives with jobs and families who feel a civic duty to be a part of keeping their community safe.

As a volunteer, you will be in control of your schedule. Flexibility is one of the many great benefits of the volunteer fire service. You can frame your civic duty through the department around work, kid’s sports, vacations, etc. Every volunteer helps to operate the station with overnights 2 times per month.

Outside of making your community a better and safer place, there are several benefits to serving at the Yorktown Fire Department.

Call Stipends: Volunteers are not on salaried or hourly pay, but they are provided a stipend for responding to calls. Some YFD firefighters have an extra $7K-$8K per year in the bank for the calls, timeframes, and overnights where they have made themselves available.

Scholarships at Ivy Tech: Ivy Tech is a proud partner in advancing lives and communities through the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association; it provides for four semesters or a two-year degree. Learn more at

Training: All training (required and optional) is provided at no charge to our volunteers, including advanced special training like operations, leadership, and medical (up to EMT-Basic).

Experience: Whether your volunteer service is preparation for a career position or simply a civic duty, the experience you will earn will be beneficial and marketable in many careers. With nearly 1,000 calls a year, you will have plenty of opportunity to respond to calls that interest you. All of our equipment and apparatus are current tech, modern, and even includes special rescue techniques. YFD is known for having some of the best equipment around.

Giving Back: As a volunteer firefighter, you will have a massive impact on the community, individuals, and their families. What you do could be saving a life.

Volunteer firefighters are expected to:

  • Respond to 10% of calls within a month or serve 24 hours on station
  • Operate 2 night shifts a month (from 10pm-6am)
  • Attend one of two monthly meetings (first Sunday at 9am or 3rd Monday at 7pm).

All of our firefighters must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Be of good mental and physical health
  • Pass a physical examination
  • Pass a comprehensive background check
  • Pass a toxicology screen
  • Follow all department guidelines and operating procedures
  • Participate in scheduled station duties
  • Attend at least one of two monthly meetings – meetings are held each month on the first Sunday at 9:00 AM and the third Monday at 7:00 PM.


In addition:

  • Residents of Mt. Pleasant Township must participate in 20% of all calls on a monthly basis
  • Residents living outside of Mt. Pleasant Township must log 24 hours of on station time per month.
  • Logged hours need to be Monday through Friday between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM and must be in blocks of 4 hours or more.


Members of the Fire Department are also members of the Yorktown/Mt. Pleasant Township Firefighter’s Association. The purpose of this organization is to support the fire department and the community. The Association sponsors or supports local community events such as the annual Halloween Party & Haunted Hayride. An annual dues of $24 is required.


Let’s have a conversation! Complete the “I’m Interested” form via Make Me A Firefighter to let us know you would like to talk. 

Or, if you’re ready to get going, complete the YFD application and we will get rolling!

  1. Submit a request for information and we will answer any questions you might have.
  2. Fill out and submit the department application.
  3. Your application will be voted on by the members of the department.
  4. If approved, you will be contacted about fulfilling training requirements-
  5. If you have no experience, the department will provide training at no cost to you
  6. If you have prior training, you will be put through a refresher program to familiarize yourself with YFD equipment
  7. Upon starting your training, you will be sworn in at a department meeting.
  8. Congratulations! You are now a member of the Yorktown Fire Department family!