Volunteer Firefighters

You will be participating in front-line firefighting and emergency medical incidents and will most likely be exposed to the hazards normally associated with those responsibilities. Responding to 911 calls to deal with the various emergencies that may occur in the community will prove to be both physically and mentally taxing. Individuals are encouraged to consider this before applying.

We bring volunteers in as groups and train them in groups. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the District office to learn more, and find out the date and time for the next Volunteer Orientation Meeting.

For additional information or to apply, please contact the District office at 360-387-1512.

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 the completion of initial training, the recruit will train with their station for two to three hours each week on Tuesday evenings to maintain and refine their skills. All initial and ongoing training costs for volunteers are covered by the Fire District.

Emergency Medical and Special Rescue Training

Volunteers must also become an Emergency Medical Technician within a year of being certified as a firefighter (training costs covered by the District). Volunteers wishing to join the Technical Rescue Division (to include Marine and High Angle Rescue) may do so after being accepted as a firefighting member of the department and by passing their medical training.

Benefits

  • 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.