Below you will find a list of benefits available to qualifying volunteer members. If you have any questions regarding any of these benefits please contact the Volunteer Program Division at 703-777-0333.
Volunteer Incentive Program
The Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) was created to recognize volunteer members who are actively participating in their station. Every six months a member may qualify for a gift card if they have met certain criteria. The Fire-Rescue Points System will be utilized to determine if volunteers have met these requirements. For more details see the Volunteer Incentive Program information sheet or speak to your points coordinator or membership representative.
At age 55, a volunteer may qualify to receive the volunteer retirement benefit. The amount varies based on the involvement of the volunteer during their length of service. Payment can be deferred to a later date if requested by the volunteer. This topic is discussed thoroughly during the volunteer orientation held monthly.
Personal Property Tax Reduction
A volunteer may qualify for a personal property tax reduction on their vehicle. The vehicle must be garaged in Loudoun County and be registered or leased in the volunteer’s name. The vehicle must also be the primary vehicle used to perform volunteer duties. In order to receive this benefit a volunteer needs to complete the Personal Property Tax Reduction Form and meet minimum company requirements. Check with you station for more details.
County Vehicle Decal
Volunteers may also be eligible to receive a free county decal for their vehicle once they meet specific activity requirements. After 10 years of service a volunteer will receive the free decal for life. If a volunteer lives within the town limits of Leesburg, Middleburg, or Purcellville, they will need to check with their locality to determine if they offer a similar benefit.
College Credit/Tuition Reimbursement
Volunteers may be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement for classes taken at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. This benefit allows a total of $4,000 ($1,000 a year for up to 4 years) for any college courses taken. Courses do not have to be fire-rescue related. Check out Fire-Rescue Guideline 3.4.2 for more details.
Volunteers may also be eligible to earn advanced standing credit towards an associate degree from Northern Virginia Community College by completing emergency medical courses or fire courses for free in Loudoun County. Please check with the Volunteer Program Division and NVCC for more information.
Southern Columbia University, an online university, is a learning partner with Loudoun County Fire-Rescue. Tuition discounts and scholarships may apply to volunteers who qualify.
Loudoun County offers Worker’s Compensation for volunteers who become injured or ill while performing volunteer duties. A Volunteer Report of Injury form must be completed by the volunteer and signed by the duty officer within 24 hours of incident. Paperwork should be submitted to the Office of Health and Safety () as soon as possible. If a volunteer is transported, the Safety Officer on-duty needs to be notified immediately. This can be done by contacting Communications. Be sure to provide the receiving hospital with the Worker’s Compensation insurance card. Do not provide your personal insurance information. For more information please contact the Office of Health and Safety. Workers Compensation Information and Forms
Through the county’s partnership with CIGNA HealthCare volunteers are eligible for health care insurance. The volunteer is responsible for the full cost of the premium. Open enrollment is held yearly during the month of November.
IRS Tax Benefits
Volunteers may claim certain deductions on federal income tax for volunteer expenses (e.g., mileage, personal equipment, etc.). Consult your tax advisor.
Loudoun County Credit Union
Volunteers may take advantage of participation in a credit union. Valid county ID required. For further information, call 703-777-4744.
Certain businesses across the county have agreed to provide discounts to Fire & Rescue volunteers. Members must identify themselves with a valid Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Identification Badge. Some businesses may require volunteers to be on-duty to receive the benefit. Discounts are subject to change or be eliminated at any time without advance notice.
Length of Service Award
The county holds an annual awards banquet to recognize volunteers for their length of service and to those who have made significant contributions to the fire-rescue system. This annual event takes place in the spring timeframe.
Access to Training Academy Gym
The LCFR Training Academy has a gym with cardio and strengthening equipment. All volunteer members are welcome to use the facility at no cost. Volunteers must have a physical on file and follow all guidelines set by training staff in order to utilize the facility and equipment.