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Volunteer Firefighter/EMT

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Job Type



In person


Point Based

$9.32  per pointed 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 volunteer firefighter serves the community by responding to a wide variety of situations, ranging from emergencies that immediately threaten life of property, to routine citizen requests for information or assistance. The 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 response, 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, Administration office,, or 770 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

Applications will be accepted on a continious basis.

Required Qualifications

  • Current WA State driver's license ( or acceptable state driver's license if active duty).

  • Maintain auto insurance.

Examples of Work Performed

  • The incumbent is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week as a volunteer firefighter.

  • Will be assigned to a station and will report to the station officer.

  • Will report to and will respond to the assigned station.

  • Tasks include 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.

  • Responsible for station activities. Examples are washing and cleaning apparatus, fueling apparatus, apparatus checks, an training stations.

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

  • At the scene of a fire or other emergency, the volunteer firefighter may be assigned various suppression or EMS responsibilities. At times the volunteer firefighter may be required to perform rescue operations, work in hazardous locations, or assume the position of acting as an on-scene supervisor or officer.

  • Conducts pre-fire planning surveys of public buildings and gathers the information necessary for responding to said occupancies.

  • May be required to perform preventive maintenance inspections of fire equipment, fire hydrants, and other emergency equipment as assigned.

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

  • Responsible to know and abide by all district policies and standard operating guidelines.

  • Probationary volunteer firefighters will be held accountable for the performance of the same duties. The probation period shall be one year. 

Education and Training Requirements

  • Must have completed Island County Recruit Academy or be certified IFSAC FFI standards.

  • Attend Monday night drills.

  • Must pass North Whidbey Fire and Rescue physical agility test.

  • Must obtain EMR and EMT per North Whidbey Fire and Rescue policy 147.

Physical Demands

  • 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 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, 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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