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Volunteer Program

Vol FF LattigClark County Fire & Rescue is currently accepting Volunteer Firefighter applications for the next Volunteer Recruit Academy. Volunteers work closely with career personnel to protect the lives and property of the citizens we serve. Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Training in fire and medical response
  • Responding to emergency incidents
  • Assisting with public safety education projects

To be considered for the next Volunteer Recruit Academy applicants must complete and return either the PDF or Microsoft Word fill-in Volunteer Firefighter application PDF / Fill-in to CCF&R headquarters located at 911 North 65th Avenue in Ridgefield. Applications may also be obtained by calling 360-887-4609.

In addition to the application, candidates must be an EMT-B or higher, pass a general knowledge exam, physical ability test and an oral interview; those who are selected for the academy will be given a physical exam, background check, and drug screen prior to becoming a volunteer.

Applicants with current firefighting experience may be considered as lateral volunteers, at the discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator, and may not need to participate in the Recruit Academy. Lateral Applicants MUST provide copies of  the following certifications:  NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 (if have it), Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, ICS 100, 200 & 700, Live Fire Training documentation, WA State EMT or NREMT, CPR Card (Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer). The oral interview, physical ability test, physical exam, background check, and drug screen will still be required of lateral volunteers.

For more information, contact Division Chief Mike Jackson at 360-887-4609 or by Email.

Volunteer Recruit Academy
Recruit AcademyClark County Fire & Rescue requires that all new volunteer firefighters receive training that meets or exceeds all requirements as set by NFPA Standard 1001, Firefighter I, and the Firefighter II, Hazmat Operations standards as set by the Washington State Patrol, Fire Protection Bureau. New volunteer firefighters either attend the CCF&R academy or provide proof of training to the IFSAC Firefighter I and IFSAC Hazmat Operations or equipment. The volunteer recruit academy is a 12-week training program consisting of classroom and hands-on field application and training. Volunteer recruits train two night’s a week and all day on Saturdays. A total of 120 hours of training are received in the academy. The following subjects are covered during this initial training phase:

  • ICS Training
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • SCBA’s
  • Safety
  • Portable Extinguishers
  • Ladders
  • Fire hose, appliances, and streams
  • Salvage and overhaul
  • Water Supply
  • Search and rescue
  • Accident prevention
  • Asbestos recognition
  • Communications
  • Forcible Entry
  • Auto Extrication
  • Building construction
  • Ventilation
  • Live fire training

Volunteer recruits who successfully complete the academy enter into the probationary training program that lasts the duration of their first year.

Clark County Fire & Rescue does not have a Volunteer Recruit Academy scheduled for 2017. If you would like additional information regarding our next recruit academy contact Division Chief Mike Jackson at 360-887-4609 or by Email.

Interns: Program Overview
The Intern program is designed to give students that are involved in a college Fire Science degree program the necessary skills to become familiar with fire department procedures and the tools needed to become marketable in the fire service. Clark County Fire & Rescue currently has an agreement in place with Portland Community College. CCF&R accepts students willing to make the maximum term commitment to the program as outlined by the school. This allows the intern to fulfill fire science electives that would normally be taken in a classroom and gives the student that needed education and experience to be a successful firefighter. Interns work as firefighters under the direction of an assigned company officer and respond to emergency medical calls, fires and other 911 emergencies. They also get education and experience in relation to station duties, vehicle and tool maintenance as well as mentoring for current classes and preparatory skills needed for employment opportunities. To be considered for an Intern position, applicants must complete and return either the PDF or Microsoft Word fill-in Intern Firefighter application PDF / Fill-in  to CCF&R headquarters located at 911 North 65th Avenue in Ridgefield. Please attach copies of any certifications you currently hold to the Application packet. For further information, contact Firefighter Bryan Borrelli by phone at 360-887-4609 or by Email.