At the cutting edge of emergency response Emergency, Fire & Rescue

Providing medical assistance. Extinguishing fires on ships and submarines. Rescuing fellow Sailors from danger. As a Reservist in the Emergency, Fire & Rescue community of America’s Navy, you will do whatever it takes to prevent or best resolve any and all emergency situations.

Job Description

In the fast-paced environment of the Navy Reserve, safety procedures and rescue operations are essential to the mission of America’s Navy. Whether it’s everyday work or ongoing missions, conditions can be volatile, and precious lives and expensive equipment are always at stake.

Serving part-time as a member of the Navy first responder team, you’ll be there to help prevent accidents and to stabilize the situation in the event that something does go wrong.

Whatever the specifics, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Specific Responsibilities

Provide first aid to servicemembers in the field. Specialize in chemical, biological and radiological defense equipment. Run electrical and sound-powered communications systems.

Some of the responsibilities you may have include:

  • Firefighting
  • Emergency equipment repair
  • Onboard damage control
  • Emergency medicine
  • Preventive care


Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Emergency, Fire & Rescue professionals in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former Enlisted military servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

However you start out in the Navy Emergency, Fire & Rescue community, you’ll receive hands-on training in areas such as emergency treatment, medical technology, firefighting, damage prevention and emergency equipment repair.

Career Advantages

Jobs in the Emergency, Fire & Rescue field provide hands-on training in vital areas, such as preventive medicine, firefighting, damage control and emergency equipment repair.

The on-the-job training you receive may prepare you to be, or enhance your current career as, a(n):

  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Surgical technician
  • Pharmacist’s assistant
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • X-ray equipment tester
  • Medical assistant
  • Nuclear medical technologist

Much of the on-the-job training in this field qualifies for college credit. What’s more, you could potentially get full tuition for college – plus money for books and living expenses – through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Your specialized training in the Navy Reserve could prepare you for credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Allowing you to become even more competitive in your challenging field.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read about benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Note that no college degree is required to join the Emergency, Fire & Rescue community in the Navy. For Reservists, prior related experience is valuable but not necessary. You’ll receive all the training and education you need from the Navy. However, the community does look for individuals who are detail-oriented, committed and dependable.

More Information

Want to explore further? Learn what you need to know about joining the Navy Reserve. Find us on Facebook to interact with actual Navy Reservists. Or, if you need more information, contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.