Do you want to help serve your community? Do you welcome a challenge? Join McKFD today!

The McKownville Fire Department is staffed completely by volunteers. We respond to a wide variety of fire and rescue calls.

While most of our members are firefighters, we have members who provide administrative support through offering accounting, record keeping, or fundraising assistance. There is a job for everyone. Just because you don't want to run into a burning building doesn't mean that we don't want to hear from you!

University students are able to apply regardless of their permanent residency. We welcome students with experience who are looking for a department to serve with while away from home as well as those looking to join for the first time. We have a formal relationship with the University at Albany and Internship credits are available. There are also other benefits including training, social events, networking, and access to the firehouse.


Do you think firefighting might be for you?


Contact our administrative number (518) 489-4340 or for more info, or stop by our firehouse any Monday at 7p.m. during our weekly training.

Firefighter Classifications:

Class A: State certified interior firefighter. Requires a minimum of NYS Firefighter 1 course and medical clearance. Other specialties and training include Hazardous Materials, Rescue, and Automobile Extrication.

Class C: Exterior firefighter. These firefighters are assigned to a variety of tasks that do not involve entering a structure. Training includes the NYS BEFO course and in-house training.

Junior Firefighter: Junior firefighters are members that are 16 and 17 years old and perform similar tasks to exterior firefighters. Jr firefighters receive in house training and are eligible to take county and state courses.

Class D: Social members. Comprised of non-firematic members of the department, the Class D members support the various social and day-to-day running of the department.

All members are subject to screening including a criminal background check.