Volunteer fire departments are required by law to check the criminal history of applicants for arson and sex offenses through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The law applies to:
A follow-up arson background check is also required for minors when they turn 18.
If you are currently a volunteer firefighter and you did not undergo a background check prior to starting, the Sheriff's office may contact you or your volunteer fire department to complete the necessary background check.
If you are the chief of a volunteer fire department in New York City, you can request free background checks through the NYC Sheriff’s Office by submitting form DCJS-VFF.
Mail completed forms to:
After running the background check, the Sheriff's Office will mail the results to your fire chief.