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Recruit Volunteer 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

The recruit volunteer firefighter is in a training status waiting to go through Fire Academy or equivalent recruit training program as approved by the fire chief. The recruit firefighter serves the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, ranging from emergencies that immediately threaten life or property to routine citizen requests for information or assistance. The recruit volunteer firefighter is called upon day or night to perform duties in the following general categories: fire suppression, emergency medical aid or rescue, hazardous material responses, emergency standby, training, and public education. 

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 on a continuous basis. 

Required Qualifications

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.

  • Current Washington State driver's license (or acceptable state driver's license if active military) and be Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention (EVIP) certified.

  • Maintain auto insurance.

  • Must complete next available fire training academy, after employyment.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Respond to fire alarms quickly.

  • Maintain personal equipment and keep it ready for use.

  • The recruit firefighters' tasks include by are not limited to routine and special fire drills and training, receiving instructions on all phases of firefighting, emergency medical services, fire control, fire suppression, salvage and overhaul, plans and methods of fire attack, and driver training.

  • The recruit firefighter supplements on-the-job training with a study of manuals, standard operating guidelines, and other applicable fire service literature provided by the fire district.

  • The recruit firefighter may be responsible for fire station and fire equipment maintenance. The recruit firefighter is responsible for his/her appearance and behavior.

  • Recruit firefighters are responsible to know and abide by all district policies.

Physical Requirements

  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) while performing firefighting tasks ( e.g., hose line operations, extensive crawling, lifting, and carrying heavy objects, ventilating roofs or walls using power or 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, SCBA), which includes a demand-valve-type positive-pressure facepiece or filter respirator, achieving a successful 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 similarly 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 exceeding 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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