Vashon Needs Volunteer Firefighters

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Vashon Island Fire and Rescue is currently accepting applications for Volunteer Firefighters. To apply, qualified applicants will be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid Washington State driver’s license, have a driving record which meets our minimum qualifications, and will have passed a “CPAT”, Candidate Physical Ability Test, from National Testing Network (nationaltestingnetwork.com). VIFR is specifically looking for Maury Island residents who live within five road miles the Dockton Fire Station (26319 99th Ave. SW), to increase the emergency response on Maury Island. Ideally the District is looking for six Maury Island residents who meet the above qualifications and could successfully pass the screening and training process.

Completed applications should be submitted via the website (vifr.org) no later than 8:00am on April 18, 2019. Those that pass the application screening will move onto an interview, background check, psychological exam and medical exam. Upon successful completion of this screening process recruits will be provided uniforms, bunking gear and classroom materials. Orientation will be held on June 13, 2019 with regular classes beginning on Tuesday July 2, 2019. Classes are held at the Penny Farcy Training Center (10019 SW Bank Rd.) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday from 8:30am-5:30pm, there will also be some Saturday/Sunday trainings at North Bend State Fire Academy as well as Hazmat training which will also be held off island at a location still to be determined. Graduation will be held at Vashon Theatre November 16, 2019.

After graduation from Fire Academy, Volunteers will be required to attend bi monthly fire training on Monday nights, and respond to at least three emergency fire responses per month (house fires, automatic fire alarms, smoke investigations, etc.). Volunteers will be training how to map from home and respond in personal vehicles to emergency calls. Volunteers are reimbursed a small stipend for training they attend, as well as for each call responded to. As the cost of screening and training new firefighters is not without note, we require all Volunteers to sign a reimbursement agreement, in which the recruit agrees to volunteer for a period of no less than 18 months after completion of academy, or reimburse the cost of the screening and training should they choose to leave the district prematurely.
The full details, including the current draft of the fire academy calendar, please visit the District’s website, www.VIFR.org under Volunteer. To set up an appointment to get your questions