Fire and Rescue Volunteer

Juddha Barun Yantra - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-775 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Social Services Category: Emergency Services Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate
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Volunteer Job Description

Juddha Barun Yantra Fire Station has very minimum and limited resources. However, they have 39 staff and fire service is provided 24/7. There are 6 fire engines and 2 automatic ladders with personnel protection equipment, fresh air cylinders and masks.

A fire and rescue volunteer would be expected to conduct training sessions to staff on rescue and crisis management in city, semi-urban and urban locations. Volunteers would also be expected to teach First-Aid classes that would include all the knowledge necessary for staff to attend to immediate medical emergencies, (usually encountered due to fires and/or accidents), until professional medical personnel arrived.

A fire and rescue volunteer may be asked to accompany staff to schools and/or other public institutions to teach fire safety precautions, as well as building inspections. Volunteers may also be asked to assist in fire education sessions for the general public at the fire station or elsewhere.

A fire and rescue volunteer must have completed a qualified course and had some experience in the field. A volunteer must also be able to speak an intermediate level of the Nepali language as most of the staff speak very limited English, if at all.

Volunteer Tasks Required


A fire and rescue volunteer would be expected to educate fire fighters regarding city, semi-urban and urban fires. How to approach different kinds of fires, precautions to be taken, how best to minimize damage etc. The sessions could be done with flip charts or however the volunteer arranged.

First Aid Training

A fire and rescue volunteer would be expected to conduct first-aid training for fire fighters. with special emphasis on the treatment of smoke inhaled victims and burn victims. These training sessions should also include possible scenarios at accident scenes. An example would be how best to extract a injured person from a motor vehicle accident.

Tall Building Rescues

A fire and rescue volunteer would be expected to teach staff how to rescue people from tall buildings. This is especially important in Nepal as some of their buildings do not have fire exits.

Public Education

A fire and rescue volunteer may be asked to assist in programs to educate the general public. These could include fire demonstrations at the fire station or at the schools. This may also include the inspection of governmental institutions to determine if safety precautions are in place etc.

Host Organization Details

Juddha Barun Yantra

Juddha Barun Yantra Fire Station is one of the oldest government institutions in Nepal. It was established in Nepal when there were no means of transportation, no road ways, road links or other means of communication.

The Prime Minister Juddha Samsher Rana went to England and saw how the fire department service was provided in England. He was very impressed and decided that fire emergency service should be instituted in Nepal. Though at that time there were no roads, he arranged for a fire engine, (which was donated by the government of England) to be brought by way of India to Kathmandu. All parts of the vehicle were carried by hand.

Prime Minister Juddha Samsher Rana established the Juddha Barun Yantra Fire Station in 1937. At that time there were no means of communication in Kathmandu so a iron tower was erected in order to see different areas of the city. That way fires could be more quickly detected and the fire engine and staff to the rescue sooner, resulting in less damage.

In 1944, fire service was extended to two neighboring cities Lalitpur and Bhaktapur with a 'DODGE' Tailor Pump. In 1966, at Tribhuwan International Airport, a fire station was established and in 1975 the German Government donated seven very efficient and useful fire engines. Presently, the Government of Nepal has extended fire service to 32 other cities.

In Kathmandu, they have 39 staff and fire service is provided 24/7. There are 6 fire engines and 2 automatic ladders with personnel protection equipment, fresh air cylinders and masks.

When They Were Founded

It was established in 1937, by Prime Minister Juddha Samsher Rana. He had visited England and was impressed how fire emergency service was provided there. Though, at that time in Nepal, the means of transportation was by foot or horseback; he thought, (with the donation of a fire engine by England) to bring emergency fire service to Nepal. The fire engine was taken apart and carried by hand by way of India to the capital city of Nepal. This fire station is one of the oldest institutions in Nepal.

How Are They Funded

This organization is a first response emergency service which works under the Government of Nepal. It is fully funded by the Government of Nepal. However, almost all of the present equipment has been donated by various other countries.

Donation Requests

Juddha Barun Yantra Fire Station would appreciate any of the following items:

Personnel protection equipment Books related to fire station emergency service Cylinders Masks Com-presser Machine Fire Engine Ladder Fire Shoes

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Juddha Barun Yantrahe is located in a very old but strong building. They do not have enough space to keep their fire engine and their water reserve tank is situated almost 7km away. They have computers and internet access.

They are poorly equipped. They have six fire engines and two ladders as well as Personnel Protection Equipment. They have only 39 staff working 24 hours a day. Almost all their fire engines and all the equipment has been donated by foreign countries.

Since this location is near the Kathmandu Durbar Square, it is a very busy place, with people constantly coming and going. This is a very fun area of the city for both locals and tourists.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk 5-7 minutes to SoraKhuttay and catch a bus to Sundhara. Get off at Sundhara and walk straight to Main Road until you see the Nepal Airline Building. From there take a left and walk straight until you see the Statue of Juddha Samsher Rana in the middle of the road. Once you cross the road you can see the Juddha Baran Yantra building on your left.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

Weather in the Area

The Kathmandu Valley is located in the central region which has a mild or sub-tropical climate most of the year. Summer temperatures range from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures between 2 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Usually the hottest time of the year is between April and May when the weather is very hot and humid. In June the humidity lifts as the monsoon season starts. The monsoon season occurs between June and August and is when the most rain fall happens in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for a short period of time and then it remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Kathmandu is located in central Nepal and is the country's capital and largest city. The city is located in the Kathmandu Valley of the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) above sea level, and is home to over one million people. Kathmandu is surrounded by four major mountains which provide a scenic view of the city. Kathmandu serves as the centre of Nepal's economy and is also a cultural hub and a gateway for travellers looking to explore the rest of the country.

In terms of religion, Kathmandu is largely Hindu with a strong Buddhist presence. Nepal recently changed from being a Hindu Kingdom with a ruling monarch to a republic. Kathmandu is full of evidence of the country's history. Kathmandu is considered to be the spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal.

There are two other cities located in the Kathmandu Valley: Bhaktapur and Patan which have rich architectural and cultural heritages. Both cities are accessible from Kathmandu and offer good options for day trips.

Kathmandu has the most advanced urban infrastructure in Nepal and its economy is largely dependent on tourism. Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, the city is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages mixed in with areas of congested traffic and pollution. Kathmandu is known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines. The streets are lined with local vendors selling their wares, local open air markets, as well as department stores which offer brand name goods.

Kathmandu became popular for tourists in the 1960's, and today has a mix of backpackers and mountain climbers who travel through the city. The city can be a shock to travellers, with its sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Kathmandu serves as the administrative capital of Nepal with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits. There are also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. Thamel is the world famous backpackers area of the city and offers many different comforts to travellers such as internet access and western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

CIWEC Travel Medicine Center
TEL 1: 4424111
TEL 2: 4435232

Placement Address

Juddha Barun Yantra
New Road

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Nepal you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal
BaseCamp Nepal Address

Uttam Chowk, Ekikaran Road
Ward No 16
Kathmandu, Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal Contact Details

Tel: (977) 1-438-9397
Mobile: (977) 980-314-1173

BaseCamp Nepal is located in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu just a few minutes walk from the popular backpacker district of Thamel. We are situated in a beautiful four story building, with nine rooms and a capacity for almost forty guests. Each level of the house has four balconies, plus the hostel has two roof top patios. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.

The second and third floor of the hostel each have a spacious common area. The kitchen and large dining room are on the fourth floor. A fire pit and plenty of seating make the roof top patio a favourite gathering spot. Great for viewing the rising or setting sun, planning your next adventure or relaxing with a cup of chiyaa.

Back on the ground, there is an organic community garden in our courtyard in which interested guests are always welcome to help tend. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotation of various dishes from around Nepal. The idea behind our plan is that volunteers will familiarize themselves with local dishes and meal table etiquette before moving on to a host family. For the volunteers who stay in BaseCamp throughout their program, the meal plan offers a diverse and authentic diet.

BaseCamp Nepal is also where language training and orientation workshops take place. We have a classroom area for the more formal parts of our orientation and each day we will visit various parts of Kathmandu as volunteers become familiar with life in Nepal.

Living With a Host Family in Nepal

Living with a host family in Nepal is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Nepal.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Nepal

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022
Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022
Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022
Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022
Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023
Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023
Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023
Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023 Nov 03, 2023


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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