Volunteer applications are accepted on a rolling basis – if interested, please return the Volunteer/Resident Application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are kept on file for a minimum of one year. To learn more about the different opportunities, please see “Volunteer Roles” below.
To learn more or for questions, contact us at 360.385.2626.
EJFR has had a strong tradition of volunteer service for well over 100 years. We have a wide range of opportunities available for volunteers. There are six roles in which someone can support the Department. In-District residency is not required. Read below for more information. Volunteers must be 18 years of age to qualify for most positions. Students 16 – 18 years of age may qualify to volunteer as a Cadet.
Ride along with EJFR firefighters – Due to current COVID restrictions, ride alongs have been suspended until further notice.
Scope: The Volunteer Resident Firefighter is a firefighter/EMT apprentice position focused on education and live practical training which supports individuals who seek fire service career opportunities. The Resident Firefighter receives education in fire and medical sciences which allow for Washington State and national certification testing. As an apprentice, the firefighter/EMT is a working team member on emergent and non-emergent calls for service from staffed fire stations within EJFR. The live practical training is centered on assigned shifts with scheduled hours and locations which range from 8 hour day cycles to 24 hour shift assignments. The resident firefighter as part of the apprentice program is a voluntary job training program which receives a stipend for food and transportation while assigned. All educational and training opportunities are at no direct cost to the resident firefighter.
Expectations: The apprentice firefighter, while a member of the response team, shall meet education and training requirements including attendance, evaluations, and successful completion of a Washington State Fire Academy, EMT class, vehicle operations and driving program and on-the-job application of skills. The apprentice firefighter program is a multi-month program designed for the opportunity for skill acquirement and knowledge retention through practical skill usage in actual calls for service. The apprentice firefighter is expected to test competitively with fire departments and medical service providers. The understanding is that experience is gained through application of skills that encompasses the scope of the apprentice firefighter program. The VRF will be assigned to one of three shifts (A, B or C), as assigned by Operations. All VRF’s shall report to their assigned shift / station prior to 0800. The VRF duty hours will normally commence at 0800 hours and conclude at 0800 hours. Variances from these hours will be allowed on an individual basis at the discretion of their Chief Officer. Because the VRF is a member of the District, he / she shall be able to perform in a volunteer capacity when not functioning under the rules of the VRF program and are encouraged to respond to any department call back and emergency alarms while off duty.
Scope: The combat volunteer is a person certified to function as a firefighter in hazardous conditions to the minimum level of Washington State Firefighter I and provide emergency medical treatment consistent with Washington State EMT A certification. This volunteer position is compensated for their fuel via a quarterly point system to assist their community in both emergent and non-emergent times which include times of natural disaster. The combat volunteer can either bring to the agency certifications or attain the certifications through training and education provided by EJFR. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the combat volunteer.
Expectations: This position is as needed on call, with notification for need via radio and or cell alerting 24/7 or as assigned addressing special need services or scheduled events. The combat volunteer is required to maintain current training and education status through regularly scheduled drills and education with a percentage of calls attended or supported events staffed.
Scope: The EMS volunteer, as specified by Washington volunteer pension and relief shall support the duties of the department in the suppression of fires and emergency medical service delivery. This volunteer is not a combat firefighter requiring the ongoing certification of respiratory protection and firefighter competency. This volunteer is only certified in the delivery of emergency medical services and will support the fire department in the delivery of medical services in fire centric environments, and special needs situations. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the EMS Volunteer.
Expectations: This volunteer is available 24/7 via radio and or cell notification to assist the department in the delivery of fire suppression and medical services. This service may include driving and operating ambulances, and medical support units. Education and training are commensurate to the level of support the volunteer shall deliver at a fire or emergency medical scene. Training shall be consistent to the training scheduling for support firefighters. The EMS volunteer is required to maintain current training and education status through regularly scheduled drills and education with a percentage of calls attended or supported events staffed.
Scope: The Support Volunteer, as required by Volunteer firefighter pension and relief must support the duties of the fire department in the suppression of fires and emergency medical service delivery. This volunteer is not a combat firefighter requiring the ongoing certification of respiratory protection and firefighter competency. This volunteer may or may not be a certified Emergency Medical Technician; however this volunteer will support emergency medical services through fire centric education and training. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the Support Volunteer.
Expectations: This volunteer is available 24/7 via radio or cell notification to assist the fire department in the delivery of fire suppression and medical services. This service may include driving and operating fire engines, ambulances, fire tenders, marine units, support units, and communication units. Education and training are commensurate to the level of support the volunteer shall deliver at a fire or emergency medical scene. Training shall be consistent to the training scheduling for combat firefighters. The support volunteer is required to maintain current training and education status through regularly scheduled drills and education with a percentage of calls attended or supported events staffed.
Scope: This volunteer is not eligible for Washington volunteer pension and relief. Their service to the department is on a voluntary level in which fuel compensation through activity points is provided on a quarterly basis. The service provided by the administrative volunteer is designed on a one-on-one basis for best use of skills and talents provided by the volunteer to the needs of the divisions of the department. As a volunteer, the time commitment is centric to the time available from the volunteer and specific to the needs of the department. Job functions may include, data entry and statistical management, technical drawing, communication support, public outreach, pickup and delivery services, medical concierge services. Education and training shall be no direct cost to the Administrative Volunteer.
Expectations: This volunteer is not expected to directly support the functions of the fire department in the delivery of emergent fire suppression or emergency medical services. Indirect support of the fire department through administrative assignments shall be the primary function of the Administrative Volunteer. Training and education shall be commensurate to the job tasks assigned or requested.
Scope: A Cadet volunteer is a student in training under the age of 18, but at least 16 years old. The training and education shall be commensurate to non-dangerous activities affording the student the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience prior to their eighteenth birthday. This volunteer is compensated for fuel via a quarterly point schedule while attending training or educational opportunities prior to becoming a classified pension and relief firefighter volunteer. Education and training shall be of no direct cost to the Cadet.
Expectations: This volunteer shall operate in a limited scope, providing the opportunity for training and education while not exposing the student to hazardous or dangerous environments or situations. The cadet can attend training and educational opportunities commensurate to the limitations governed by firefighter pension and relief.
East Jefferson Fire Rescue is a drug-free workplace. Volunteer candidates must complete a successful physical and background check according to department policies and guidelines. If you’d like to speak to someone about volunteer opportunities, contact our Administrative staff at 360.385.2626.