How to Become a Volunteer:
1. Check out this flyer on volunteer programs at our department.
2. Fill out an application and submit it to HR Manager Shannon Hill. An official District application, along with copies of your drivers’ license and required certifications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the District office at 400 E. Mountain View, Ellensburg, WA 98926. We will not accept materials via email or fax. Complete job descriptions are available upon request.
Volunteer, Reserve, and Resident Firefighter:
Kittitas County Fire District #2 (KVFR) accepts applications for Volunteer, Reserve, and Resident Firefighters.
Volunteer firefighters fulfill an important role at KVFR staffing seven of the nine stations. Volunteers have the opportunity to operate at a broad spectrum of levels base on every individual’s abilities, knowledge, certifications, training and experience level. Levels of qualifications include interior firefighting, wildland firefighting, apparatus driver, staging manager and Non SCBA emergency operations, vehicle extrication, Basic First Aid to Emergency Medical Technician, traffic management at emergency scenes, and fire prevention and safety education. All volunteers are required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of training and a minimum of 10% of their stations call volume annually to remain in good standing with the District and to be eligible for retirement credit. Volunteers receive a stipend of $15.00 per call and $20.00 per drill. Insurance coverage is also provided under the Washington State Volunteer Pension and Relief Act. Volunteers are also eligible for retirement through Washington State Volunteer Pension Fund after achieving the required years of service.
The position of Reserve FF with KVFR is a part-time, hourly position designed to provide supplemental staffing to the District during times of high alarm activity. Reserve FF’s are all required to be EMT-B and have a valid CPAT prior to employment in this classification. Members drill an average of 3.5 times a month, perform 10 hours of ride time each month and have a minimum number of on-call hours. Many Reserve FF’s are interested in full-time employment and do receive testing incentive points based on longevity, performance and standing with the department. Reserves are paid an hourly wage $11:00 - $15.50.
Resident Volunteer Firefighter:
The position of Volunteer Resident FF with KVFR is designed to be a training position for members to become career personnel inside KVFR or with other agencies. Resident FF’s are all required to be EMT-B and have a valid CPAT prior to employment in this classification. Members are re-imbursed for some expenses and provided with constant training opportunities. Residents have minimum shift coverage each month and are expected to make the fire station their primary residence. Resident FF’s receive testing incentive points based on longevity, performance and standing with the department.
Testing & Orientation:
While we accept applications through the year. However, the orientation and testing process occurs in November of each year. Recruit class starts in January.
Requirement for Reserve and Resident Positions
The written test is based on general aptitude and is not agency specific nor does it require any previous fire experience. Picture ID is required to take the test. The test will be administered immediately following the orientation. Candidates with a passing score are notified after the test and an oral interview will be scheduled.
Requirement for Volunteer, Reserve and Resident Position
Interviews will be scheduled for those interested in volunteer positions at the conclusion of the orientation. Reserve and resident interviews will be scheduled following the written test.
- Current EMT-B certification by date of written exam for reserve and resident candidates.
- Current CPAT* certification by date of position appointment for reserve and resident candidates. Certification must be less than 12 months at time of position appointment.
- Valid Washington Driver’s license in good standing by date of hire. (Some violations may be cause for disqualification according to the District’s criteria).
- Minimum of 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Legal U.S. resident. NOTE: PURSUANT TO THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT, ALL NEW EMPLOYEES MUST PRESENT ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS VERIFYING IDENTITY AND AUTHORIZATION TO BE EMPLOYED IN THE UNITED STATES.
- Ability to read, write, and communicate the English language.
*CPAT = Candidate Physical Ability Test
1. Go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com or call 425-423-9922 or
2. Go to www.publicsafetytesting.com or call 1.866.HIRE-911
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