Becoming a volunteer firefighter involves a serious commitment of your time. It isn’t possible to do what we do safely without a considerable amount of training and practice. That said we understand that every volunteer has a job and life outside the department. We work to be as flexible as possible with training and requirements.
In addition to putting in the time and effort you must:
As a volunteer, you are required to attend at least 30% of drills and as many alarms as possible (minimum 20 annually). The District has training sessions every Monday night from 7 to 9 pm, with the exception of holidays. During this time we will cover many skills and new tactics in everything from medical training to firefighting.
New firefighters will attend fire academy to teach you all the basic skills needed to become a firefighter for our district. At the end of the academy you will have the opportunity to become internationally certified as a firefighter.
After the academy we will teach you to fight wild land fires in an additional 32-hour course.
Emergency Medical Technician training is also available for more advanced first aid skill training, but is not required.
Whether you are a volunteer or professional firefighter, the dangers are the same. Firefighters can and do die in fires every year. We work on preventing this through a commitment of training for our members.