Recruit Academy

Volunteer Applications are accepted year round as multiple academies are held throughout the year. Volunteer Structural Firefighting academy's are typically about five (5) months in duration & cover the IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting & First Aid. Academy is typically held Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 1800-2200 hrs and Saturday's from 0800-1800 hrs.

Volunteer Expectations

Residents - structural Volunteer Firefighters who live at one of our eight (8) stations are expected to pull a minimum of three (3) shifts (1800-0600 hrs) per week, including at least one (1) Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Residents receive a semi-furnished room with a common living area at no change. 

In/ Out of District Volunteers - Volunteer Firefighters who live within, or outside of district boundaries but NOT at one of our eight (8) stations are expected to pull four (4) shifts (1800-0600 hr) per month, including at least one (1) Friday, Saturday or Sunday. 

All Volunteers - attend weekly Thursday night drills (1900-2200 hrs) to ensure they are up-to-date on the most current standards & continue to work safely while meeting the needs of the citizens of our district. Volunteers receive a small stipend for pulling shifts.


There is a background check performed on each accepted applicant. An Applicant for the Academy must be 18 years of age, have a valid Washington State Driver's License, a relatively"clean" driving record (must be insurable by our insurance company) & have a high school diploma or GED. The Academy will begin with a strenuous Physical Agility Test. An Applicant must have the physical strength, health and endurance to perform fire suppression and rescue duties. Please download the Physical Agility Handout (PDF) to better prepare yourself for the test.

Note: Please make sure your application is complete with all signatures. In addition to the driving record request form in the application, you also have to get your 3-year driving abstract from the DOL.