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Cadet Firefighter

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Job Type



In person


Point Based

9.32 per point earned

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About North Whidbey Fire and Rescue

The fire district's service area, on North Whidbey Island, is predominately rural and surrounds the City of Oak Harbor and NAS Whidbey Island. The district operates out of 7 fire stations, providing fire suppression, emergency medical, marine rescue and technical rescue services and responds to over 2500 calls annually.

Job Description

Fire cadets are uniformed volunteers who work in an apprentice-style program designed to prepare cadets for a career as firefighters.

Employee Benefits

How to Apply

Complete the application and submit with a cover letter and resume to North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, Human Resources Specialist at or 770 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

Applications accepted continuously. 

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled in high school. (In accordance with RCW 28A.200.010)

  • Current WA State Driver's License (or acceptable state driver's license if active military)

  • Maintain auto insurance, if applicable.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Participate in and complete academic and physical training programs in preparation for future firefighter duties.

  • Will assist and participate in the response to fire alarms or other emergencies as assigned.

  • Lift and carry equipment.

  • Learn how to perform general maintenance, cleaning and upkeep of district apparatus, equipment, furnishings and structures.

  • Participate in fire drills and attend training classes in firefighting.

  • Assist with safety education, community and recruitment events.

  • Willingness and aptitude to learn the skills necessary to communicate effectively with a diverse population.

  • Possess good moral character exhibiting honesty, responsibility, and trustworthiness with a positive attitude.

  • Perform general housekeeping duties.

  • Assist with special projects as assigned.

Education and Training Requirements

  • Must complete the initial cadet skills task book prior to responding to calls.

  • If enrolled in a public or private high school, maintain a 2.5 GPA per quarter. If cadet falls below 2.5 GPA they will be suspended until confirmation of 2.5 GPA or above. 

  • If enrolled in home school, cadet will have to maintain state learning standards or assessments under RCW 26.655.070

  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations, objectively analyze the situation and determine and execute the proper course of action.

  • Ability to work as part of a team and to exercise independent judgement as required.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with training instructors, supervisor and fellow employees, and the general public.

Physical Demands

  • Pass a required department physical.

  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) while performing firefighting tasks (e.g., hose line operations, extensive crawling, lighting and carrying heavy objects, ventilating roofs or walls using hand tools, forcible entry), rescue operations, and other emergency response actions under stressful conditions, including working in extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged periods.

  • Wearing the respirators required by the jurisdiction (e.g., N-95, half-face elastomeric, PAPR, SCABA), which includes a demand-valve-type positive-pressure facepiece or filter respirator, achieveing a succesfful fit-test and tolerating increased respiratory workloads.

  • Exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (i.e., infectious) and nonbiological hazards, or heated gases, despite the use of PPE and SCBA.

  • Climbing at least six flights of stairs or walking a similarity strenuous distance and incline in jurisdictions without tall buildings while wearing PPE and SCBA, commonly weighing 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg) and carrying equipment/tools weighing and additional 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg).

  • Wearing PPE and SCBA that is encapsulating and insulated, will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate core temperature to levels execeeding 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit (39 Celsius).

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Employment Policy

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. In addition to federal law requirements, the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue complies with all state laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

The description of job duties, responsibilities, and requirements listed above is intended to be illustrative and is not intended to list all duties, responsibilities, and requirements that may be required for the performance of the job classification. Employees may be required to do all or some of the listed duties, or other related duties as needed by the district. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. It is also intended to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act

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