Volunteer & Scholarship Programs


Becoming a volunteer member with the Steese Volunteer Fire Department is an important decision that needs to be well thought out. Our recruitment for volunteers places considerable emphasis on individuals who are pursuing a career in the emergency services. Hence, our department operates much like a career dept. in order to prepare individuals for full time employment.

Some of our current volunteers do not seek careers in the emergency services but they understand that they can be no less committed to their shifts training, emergency response, daily chores and staffing, than those members on their shift that are working towards a career.

The requirements for our volunteer members are as follows;

  •  Attend Recruit Class with 100% attendance and completion of all skills.
  • 30 hours minimum, of participation with your assigned shift, per month.
  • Class B uniforms are worn when you are on duty.
  • Train with your shift to develop teamwork and proficiency.
  • Pass the Physical Ability test each year and maintain your physical fitness. Firefighter/EMS Physical Ability Test Guidelines
  • Respond to General Alarms regardless of whether it’s your shift or not.
  • Continually progress in certifications and developing your operational knowledge and skills.

If you feel that you are able to fulfill these obligations please continue with the application process.


The applicant must complete and return the PDF Volunteer Firefighter Application to Station 61 at 800 William C. Leary Lane, Fairbanks, AK 99712

In addition to the application, candidates must pass a general knowledge exam, physical ability test and an oral interview; those who are selected for the academy will be given a physical exam, background check prior to becoming a volunteer.

Please use this Study Guide for the general knowledge exam.

Please familiarize yourself with the Firefighter/EMS Physical Ability Test Guidelines

For more information, contact Assistant Chief Frank Bracken at 907-457-5861 or by Email


The Steese Volunteer Fire Department is taking applications from individuals interested in volunteering as “Firefighter Interns” through a residential live-in program while attending the UAF Community and Technical College (CTC) as full time students. Preference will be given to individuals who have recently served in the US military. Interested individuals need to fill out an application pro-vided by this organization and provide required personal documentation. Selected candidates who plan on attending the UAF CTC or the UAF main campus, will be placed on an eligibility list for the next Fall semester.


The scholarship award covers the following expenses through a “per semester” reimbursement program:

  • 12 credit hours (Alaska Resident Rate)
  • University Fees
  • Course/Material Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Health Insurance
  • Parking Fee:
  • Meals

Successful applicants are responsible for school expenses up front each semester and will be reimbursed after meeting the eligibility requirements.

A fire department dorm room will be provided free of charge at different locations (dependent on availability).


Scholarship recipients must meet eligibility requirements in order to qualify for reimbursements each semester. The requirements are:

  • Maintain a semester GPA average of 2.0
  • Complete 15 credit hours each semester
  • Attend Steese Fire Department Tuesday Night Training Drills
  • Maintain volunteer eligibility requirements of the Steese VFD Inc. Policy 203
  • Participate in the intern program’s 24hr on / 48hr off shift schedule.
  • Successful completion of assigned semester project

Scholarship recipients must be registered as full time students with UAF’s Community and Technical College (CTC) in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Fill out the Scholarship Application Steese FD Scholarship Packet.

Please familiarize yourself with the Firefighter/EMS Physical Ability Test Guidelines

.For more information, contact Assistant Chief Frank Bracken at 907-457-5861 or by Email