Vashon Island Fire and Rescue
Vashon Island Fire and Rescue

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Volunteer Entry Process

2020 Volunteer Intake Process

Next APPLICATION DEADLINE September 5, 2019; 8:00 am

We are now accepting applications for 20-01 Fire Academy, 2020 Spring Support Academy(Island Residents Only), 2020 KC EMT Class (Island Residents Only), and 2020 Winter EMT Academy.  

Applicants who do not live on Vashon Island are welcome to apply for Firefighter and EMT positions but need to have their EMT Course Completion Certification and NREMT Certification in advance. The next Fire Academy is tentatively scheduled to start December 2019. Qualified Firefighter applications will need to turn in a CPAT from NationalTestingNetwork.com with their application.

The next interview date is tentatively set for September 18, 2019. Be sure to read this page completely before submitting an application. Applications submitted without required documents will not be accepted. 

If you have any questions, contact us at the main office at 206-463-2405. 
(If you are interested in earning your FF1 certification without volunteering, you can self-pay to attend our class. Please visit our "Fire Academy" page. Next class will start in December 2019.)

Volunteer Requirements:

  1. Be 18 years of age at the time the application process is complete.
  2. Possess a valid Washington State driver license.
  3. Obtain a passing score for interview oral board.
  4. Have and submit a driving record that meets the minimum standards of no more than 6 points on your record  (see policy here 2017 Appendix A)
  5. Complete the classes required to obtain their certification.
  6. EMT’s must successfully pass VIFR’s in-house Academy (Sample Academy Calendar)
  7. Attend VIFR specific classes; Orientation, Mapping & Addressing, EVIP, Final Orientation.
  8. Once you have completed your certificate program and an in-house academy, you must pull a minimum of three 12-hour shifts per month for a period of 18 months.
  9. Attend up to 12 hours of training per month to maintain your certifications.
  10. EMT & Firefighter Applicants must have current CPR & First Aid Training.

Volunteer Benefits:   

1.  Stipend package for pulling shifts and training after completing Academy
2.  Sponsorship for King County EMT Class (Island Residents Only)
3.  And/or IFSAC-certified Fire Academy

4.  Possible sponsorship of Wildland Fire Course
4.  Modest Retirement plan through the Board for Volunteer Firefighters
5.  Employee Assistance Program

6.  The opportunity to serve a beautiful community                                                                  

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Volunteer Positions:

Support- Our dedicated Support team has always been made up exclusively of island residents. Once completing the application process they earn a certificate through our in-house training. The course is approximately 1 month (See Sample Calendar here). This allows them to drive and operate our apparatus; responding from home in personal vehicles to fire stations, then driving apparatus to the scene, where they attend to the flow of water or other necessary fire ground operations under the supervision of career staff.   Ongoing training involves a monthly training.        Agreement for Fire Support                                                                                    

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EMT- Emergency Medical Technicians. Volunteers who live on Vashon Island can be sponsored into King Country’s EMT program after the application process, with a contract. You must have a Healthcare Provider CPR certification and proof of current vaccinations before starting the program. The KC EMT program typically 14 weeks, on Wednesday evenings and most of the day Saturdays. Previously, the location has been in Kent at 20811 84th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032. However, the location is subject to change without notice. This class is hosted every spring and fall and space is limited. A first aid class is highly recommended, to help prepare for the Pretest. The pretest is built on "AAOS First Aid, CPR, and AED"- Seventh Edition.   

Once an EMT certificate has been earned everyone must complete an in-house VIFR EMT Academy (sample calendar) that is milestone based. Volunteers from off-island for both EMT or Firefighter positions must acquire and EMT certification before being accepted to our in-house EMT Academy or our Fire Academy. The EMT Academy is limited to 6 volunteers per session. For the VIFR EMT Academy, EMT's are assigned to a shift to train with staff, and training typically lasts 3-4 months but varies. Recruits will train at Station 55 from  07:30-19:30 every 6th day until completing your milestones.   Agreement for EMT's.     

After successfully completing the EMT Academy volunteers can self-schedule their three 12 hour shifts per month online. On-island residents may respond from home once given clearance.               

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Firefighters-  Volunteers interested can attend our in-house IFSAC Firefighter One, after successfully passing a CPAT. Our six month on-island Academy has two evening weeknight classes for book work and lectures, then all day Saturday for practicals on the drill court (See 20-01 Calendar). There are some Sunday classes as well for special training. When finished successfully, you will earn a Washington State Firefighter One Certificate. Those who wish to complete the fire academy must sign a service contract. Agreement for Volunteer Firefighters. Off Island, Volunteers must have an EMT certification and should complete our in-house EMT Academy prior to attending our Firefighter One Academy. 

Admin- As with any volunteer position applicants must complete an interview and background check. Admin Volunteer duties are on a case by case basis. People with a special skill set may come in to complete a single job or assist with a project or special event.                                                                                                   

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The intake process consists of:

  1. Submitting online Applications & Supporting Documents 
  2. Oral Board Interview
  3. EMT or CPR evaluation
  4. Signing Notarized Agreement (Off Island EMT, On-Island EMT, Firefighter or Support) Due at the Time of interview. 
  5. Physical Abilities Test - (EMT Applicants only; Firefighters must have a CPAT)
  6. Background Check, References Checks
  7. Ride alongs for EMT's. 
  8. Psychological Evaluations/Interviews 
  9. Medical Evaluations 
  10. New Volunteer Orientation      
  11. EMT's complete an in-house Academy doing a 12-hour shift every 6 days.                                                                                     

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Application - The following forms, identification, and certificates are required for a complete packet:

  1. Online application completed and submitted
  2. A copy of your Washington State driver's license
  3. A copy of your driving abstract:  http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/requestyourrecord.html 
  4. FF Applicants:  A copy of a current CPAT card from National Testing Network or Public Safety Testing (must be dated within one year of VIFR application packet due date) CPAT Information Link
  5. EMT Applicants: A copy of your Healthcare Provider CPR card or current EMT course completion certificate (dated within one year) and National Registry EMT certificate (dated within one year) or DOH WA EMT certificate.  
  6. Copies of other certificates relating to the job description
  7. After filling out the online application, please submit other application documents: 
  • Email* to our Recruitment Coordinator at Rehlers@vifr.org 
  • OR Attach to the Online application.
  • OR Mail to Vashon Island Fire & Rescue, PO Box 1150, Vashon 98070
  • Deliver to Vashon Island Fire & Rescue at 10020 SW Bank Road, Vashon 98070 (days of operation are M-F; 8:00 am -5:00 pm)

*If you choose to email your documents please send no more than four attached files at a time.                                                           

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