Fire Department Volunteer Information
What do volunteers do?
Volunteer firefighters are involved in fire suppression, emergency medical and rescue calls, training, fire prevention, inspections, routine testing and maintenance of equipment and much more. Being a Volunteer firefighter involves a strong commitment to the community and to the department.
Volunteer Firefighters remain “on call” 24 hours a day. Each volunteer is issued a pager and is required to keep it with them whenever possible. Obviously family and work must take priority, however, many sacrifices must be made in order to provide the necessary firefighting force at a moment’s notice.
No other job is like this one. When needed, the volunteer must sometimes awaken from sleep and be ready for work in three minutes or less. This requires commitment and dedication.
Duties may include: Responding on fire and rescue apparatus, operating water pumps and other mechanical equipment, driving emergency apparatus, fire suppression and rescue, administering emergency medical treatment, dive rescue, participating in weekly training sessions, assist in testing fire equipment and apparatus, filling out appropriate forms and records and other related tasks as required.
Some of the benefits include social activities and parties, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, worker’s compensation insurance (if unable to work because of injury in the line of duty.) The fire department provides reimbursement for calls and drills attended by each member. Certifications are obtained upon completion of courses through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
What are the requirements to be a volunteer?
When joining this department, volunteer firefighters agree to abide by the standard operating procedures of the department and the Constitution and Bylaws of the volunteer organization. In addition, the following requirements must be met to apply for membership to the department.
1 Applicants must reside or work with in the boundaries of Gladstone Fire Department for six months prior to submitting an application. All members are required to reside or work within the boundaries of Gladstone Fire Department.
2 Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
3 Members must possess and maintain a current Oregon drivers license.
4 Members must be in good physical condition and must pass the entrance physical ability test to be accepted for the Fire Academy or for probation.
5 New members are required to complete the fire academy and become certified as a NFPA Fire Fighter I.
6 New members are required to complete an Emergency Medical course, when course is offered or available. (within one year after probation)
7 Members must attend a minimum of two weekly training sessions a month, unless excused by the chief. Sessions are a minimum of two hours a week. Probationary members must attend all drills. (Business Meetings are excluded)
8 Members are expected to respond to all emergencies when alerted.
What is the selection process?
The selection process involves the following:
1 Completed Application Packet submitted to the Fire Department.
2 Background Investigation conducted by Membership Committee.
3 Physical Ability Examination.
4 Oral interview with Membership Committee.
5 Drug Screen.
6 NFPA Firefighter I Academy
7 After completion of the Fire Academy and passing the Firefighter I written & proficiency test, the applicant will be placed in a probationary Firefighter Position. (Probationary Firefighters will be requested to take and pass department approved EMT B class.)
I’m interested (or have some questions), Who do I contact?
If you have more questions, or if you’d like to start the process, then contact Jeff Smith at 503 557 2774 or e-mail Smith@ci.gladstone.or.us