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Volunteer Entry Process

  1. Turn in Application with all required paperwork:
                 Complete application
                 Signed background check releases
                 Copy of Drivers License
                 5 Year Driving Abstract from the DMV (no DWI's, no more than 3 infractions in 3 years)
                 Copy of HS Diploma, GED, or higher degree
                 Any training certificates you have

  2. Initial Background Check
              An online search of your criminal history and address history.

  3. Human Resources Review
              Our HR Specialist reviews your application and documents, checks references and work history contacts.

  4. Station Interview
               An interview with 3-5 station officers and members. This lets us get to know you as a person.

  5. In-depth Background Review and Interview
               A private investigator will review your background and conduct a personal interview with you to make sure you are a
                  good fit for the department.

  6. Medical and Drug Screen
               You will make an appointment with a local occupational health facility to get a fit-for-duty physical and be screened for
                  drug use. If it is federally illegal, it can't be in your system.

  7. Paperwork and Insurance
                An appointment with Secretary Anna Davis to get all of your initial paperwork signed and review department policies.

  8. Logistics Appointment
                An appointment with Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Meller to be issued uniforms and gear, and learn to log into
                   department training applications.

  9. Basic Academy
                A three month hybrid classs that will teach you all the basic skills to be a rookie firefighter. There is reading at home,
                  online testing, and in-person hands on lessons.

  10. Hand off to Station Officers
    Station Officers will take over your training following your successful completion of Basic Academy. Firefighters are
                 required to complete a certain amount of training each year to stay active.

While this process is our general format, it is slightly different for lateral volunteers and Aid-Only volunteers.
Contact Anna Davis or Kirk Meller for more information, or call our headquarters station at 360.578.5218
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