Our Volunteers are on call to respond to a wide array of emergencies including fires, medical incidents, vehicle collisions, water rescues, and natural disasters. They also respond to "general alarms" when on-duty firefighters are responding to multiple calls or a major incident. Besides responding to emergencies, we rely on volunteers to participate in a variety of public education events and services.
The volunteer program offers a wonderful training opportunity for those interested in making a career of the fire service or are happy serving their community. Over the years, the District has hired several of our volunteers as career firefighters. Many others have been hired in other Districts throughout the State of Washington.
What you'll gain as a volunteer firefighter with the District:
Once accepted into our volunteer program you will be placed into the District's Volunteer Fire Academy. The Academy runs for 6 months on Thursday nights and most weekends. Upon graduation from the District's Volunteer Fire Academy, individuals will have met the didactic and training requirements for Firefighter I, Hazardous Materials Operations, CPR/AED and much more. The District does offer IFSAC testing when needed.
Application period for new volunteers:
The District has one open enrollement period each year or as needed. The enrollement period is September 1st through October 1st.
Entrance Process for New Volunteers
Oral Board Interview
Background and Driving Record Checks
Eligibility requirements for new volunteers:
At least 18 years of age by date of hire
Possess a valid Washington State driver's license with an acceptable driving record
High school diploma or GED
Ability to pass physical and background requirements
Live with in 10 miles of the Fire District (Out of Distrcit applicants will be considered however priority is given to in district applications)
Applications are available at the Key Center Fire Station during the open enrollment period.
The front office is open Mon. - Fri. form 08:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Please feel free to Contact Volunteer Battalion Chief, Anne Nesbit if you have any questions.