Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Volunteers

 

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One is seeking individuals that are mission oriented and that possess the core values of our organization. Whether your goal is a career in the fire service or you are looking for a way to “give back” to the community, Gig Harbor is a great place to serve!

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older by June 30, 2017
  • Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain by the time of hire, a valid State driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any State.
  • No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years;
  • A United States citizen;
  • Must be able to effectively communicate the English language orally and in writing;
  • Must meet minimum Fire Department physical qualifications.

Volunteer Application Process

We conduct one volunteer application process each year, beginning with orientation. Our next orientation is:

September 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One Headquarters (Station 50)

10222 Bujacich Rd NW, Gig Harbor

At the orientation, Chief Officers will provide information about the program, its benefits, and the expectations. You will also receive a packet of forms to complete, to include a detailed application, authorization for a background check, and medical history forms. After you submit your completed packet, approved applicants will proceed through several steps, which include the following:

  • Fitness Assessment
  • Panel Interview
  • Background check
  • Physical Exam and Hearing Test
  • Chief’s Interview

Those who successfully complete the application process will then attend a six-month Recruit Academy before responding to any incidents. The academy consists of two or three Thursday evenings each month and one or two weekend trainings each month. In this academy, you will receive all of the training required for the positions identified below: Firefighter 1, Live Fire Training at the Fire Training Academy at North Bend, advanced first aid and OTEP training and more. You will also have the opportunity to train and respond to incidents along side our career staff, giving you experience with patient care and a wide variety of incidents. Our organization also participates in many community events, giving our volunteers the opportunity to serve in a “prevention” role within the community.

Volunteers receive training specific to the area they choose to support as a member of the organization. The commitment for training and participation varies based on the role the volunteer chooses. Volunteer members are expected to maintain and develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform as an integral part of the team.

Volunteer Positions

Opportunities exist for volunteers as:

Resident Firefighter: This volunteer role requires extensive training and time commitment for stand by time and ride-along time. This program requires members to live in a station and is designed for people that desire a career in the fire service.

Volunteer Firefighter: This role requires extensive training and a moderate time commitment for stand by and ride-along time. This program requires members to live in the community and is designed for people that want to serve their community.

Volunteer Medical Responder: This role requires specialized training in emergency medicine and a moderate commitment for stand by and ride-along time. This program requires a member to live in the community and have the ability to drive aid units and other support equipment. This program is designed for people that want to serve their community.

Support volunteer: This role requires specialized training to operate equipment that supports emergency response, fire ground operations, and department programs. There is a moderate commitment for stand by time and program support. This program is designed to support the Operations Division, Training Division, and Prevention Division with members that possess specific skills. Some additional examples of job functions for divisions may include:

Training Division: Training Prop Development

Operations Division: Tender Driver, Air Truck Driver

Prevention Division: Smoke Detector Installations, Pre-Plan Updates (CAD)

A Volunteer Division Chief oversees and helps manage the program from a volunteer’s perspective.

If you are interested in pursuing a volunteer position with our department, please complete the attached Pre-Application Form and mail it to

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One

Volunteer Program

10222 Bujacich Rd NW

Gig Harbor WA 98332

Thank you again for your interest in serving with Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One.

 

 

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