Volunteer Firefighters

NOTE: We are not currently taking on new volunteers. We will update this page when volunteer positions reopen.

Join our team as a volunteer firefighter!

Our volunteer firefighters respond to most front-line firefighting and emergency medical incidents. All volunteers are trained to the standards of Firefighter 1 – the national entry-level standard for professional departments – and assigned to one of our four fire stations.

When volunteer positions reopen, you will be asked to complete our Volunteer Firefighter Information form. After you submit your form, we will contact you with information about next steps in the volunteer process.

Initial Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Maintain a Washington State driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

Fire Training

Before being assigned to a station, we train firefighter recruits to the standards of Firefighter 1, the national entry-level for professional departments. This course includes both classroom and practical experience and culminates in a full day at the Washington State Fire Academy facility at North Bend.

After completing initial training, volunteers train with their station for two to three hours every Tuesday evening to maintain and refine their skills. The department covers all initial and ongoing training costs for volunteers.

Emergency Medical and Special Rescue Training

Volunteers must also become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) within a year of being certified as a firefighter (training costs covered by the District). Volunteers who want to join our Marine Rescue and Rope Rescue teams may do so after completing Firefighter 1 and EMT certifications.


  • Volunteers are eligible for a stipend reimbursement program for attending and responding to emergencies.
  • Volunteers qualify for the Washington State pension plan (Volunteer Firefighter’ Relief and Pension Act).
  • Volunteers qualify for a $50,000 life insurance program.
  • Learn teamwork, responsibility and become a member of the family.
  • Explore the possibilities of a career in firefighting or emergency medicine.
  • Provide a skilled service to their community.
  • Participate in the District’s social events.