Volunteer Firefighter Background Checks

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:

  • New applicants
  • Volunteers transferring to a new fire department
  • Members seeking to be reinstated

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:

New York City Sheriff's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation
VFF Background Check
30-10 Starr Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101


After running the background check, the Sheriff's Office will mail the results to your fire chief.