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Volunteer Intern and Resident Firefighter

Purpose
Clark County Fire District 3 is seeking applicants to fill open positions in the District's Intern and resident program and to create a list for possible future vacancies. This is an opportunity to gain experience for those individuals who are pursuing an education leading toward a fire service/emergency medical career.

Fire District 3's Program has been very successful in placing people in career Firefighter and EMS positions. Fire District 3 responds to over 3500 emergency calls per year. The area covers approximately 85 sq. miles, providing service to approximately 40,000 patrons in Brush Prairie, Battle Ground, Hockinson, Venersborg, and Heisson. Intern/Residents Firefighters respond with career Firefighters.

Interns and Residents are expected to be engaged in pursuing a career and/or college in either the Fire or EMS fields. Interns and Residents are required to work assigned duty shifts on a rotational basis each month, in exchange for housing at a fire station and tuition reimbursement. Intern and Resident Firefighters respond with career Firefighters.

Interns and Residents are expected to be engaged in pursuing a career and/or college in either the Fire or EMS fields. Interns and Residents are required to work assigned duty shifts on a rotational basis each month, in exchange for housing at a fire station and tuition reimbursement. Intern and Resident Firefighters also receive a monthly financial stipend from the Fire District.

Job Description
The Volunteer Intern Firefighter is responsible for fire suppression and general service consistent with stated organizational goals and objectives. These areas include but are not limited to fire suppression, emergency medical service, training, public education, and other duties as assigned. 

Examples of Duties
Firefighters provide emergency assistance and protective services to the public. They protect life and property threatened by fires, explosions, hazardous materials, illnesses, accidents and other disasters. Responsibilities include emergency responses, fireground operations, fire prevention duties, training, instructing others, operating apparatus, report writing, and maintenance of apparatus, equipment, fire stations and grounds. Firefighters work 24-hour shifts or 8-hour days, as assigned, and may be exposed to hazardous conditions, extreme heat, poisonous gases, communicable diseases and other risks of personal injury.

Qualifications
The Volunteer Firefighter must meet all required training standards, perform as a member of a team, and comply with all District regulations, standards, and guidelines as well as the following:
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • NFPA Firefighters I and Hazardous Materials Training
  • Current Washington State EMT in good standing with the Medical Program Director or current National Registry Certification 
  • Be in excellent physical condition
  • Not have any felony convictions within the past seven (7) years. Misdemeanor convictions will also be reviewed.
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Have no record of driver's license suspension or revocation in any state within the last three (3) years.

Benefits
Benefits include Washington State Volunteer Firefighters Pension, residence annual educational benefits, monthly stipends, and preference points for the career hiring process. Uniforms and protective clothing are provided.

What to Submit
Applicants must submit the following:
  • A completed Clark County Fire District 3 application form
  • Verfication of high school graduation or GED (photocopy)
  • A resume of firefighting experience and/or verfication of training
  • Verfication of Emergency Medical Technician B certification (photocopy)
  • Verification of Driver's License (photocopy)
  • A valid E-mail address. All test-related communications will be via E-mail.
Process
  1. Fill out an application.  Application for Membership .
  2. Successfully pass a written knowledge, physical ability, oral interview, and medical examination.
  3. Complete the District's basic training program (Recruit Academy).
  4. Report to your assigned supervisor on a designated shift.

Applications
Submit a Volunteer Firefighter application anytime. A District representative contacts applicants when a Recruit Academy is scheduled.

Volunteers Who Are Now Career Firefighters
Fire District 3's former Volunteers, Interns, and Career personnel have experienced an approximate 90 plus percentage rate of success in becoming employed in the fire service. Below is a list of firefighters who have completed internships/volunteer programs, and career positions who have gained a career position either at Fire District 3 or elsewhere. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! 

Success Story

Fire District 3 Career Firefighter Joe Gray is one of many who has achieved his goal through Fire District 3. FF Gray started his pursuit of a career in 2001 as a Volunteer. FF Gray, upon completing close to a year of basic training, began an Internship with the District in 2002. After completing his Internship, Gray promoted to Shift Volunteer and began testing for career positions. Congratulations Joe on gaining employment with Fire District 3.

Success List

         Allen, Jason - Seattle Fire, WA
Andre, Mark -  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR
Avery, Jesse -  Vancouver Fire, WA
Bishop, Matt -  Vancouver Fire, WA
Blomdahl, Andrew -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Bohart, Brandon -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Bowman, Tony -  Seattle Fire, WA
     Carter, Brian -  Kennewick Fire, WA
Cassel, Justin -  Los Alamos Fire, NM
Campbell, Charlie -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Chambers, Rob -  Vancouver Fire, WA
Cole, Mark -  Portland Fire, OR
Creagan, Sean -  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR
         Curry, Caleb - Portland Fire, OR
Davies, John -  Portland Fire, OR
Dohman, Blaine -  Clark County Fire & Rescue, WA
Dove, Dan -  Portland Fire, OR
Drlik, William -  Kodiak, AK
         Eldrid, Isaac - Vancouver Fire, WA
          Farris, Sam - Charleston Fire, NC
George, Brian -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Gomez, Des -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Gray, Joe -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
   Guinett, Michael - Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
   Haldeman, Josh - Clark County Fire & Rescue, WA
Hart, Kevin -  Vancouver Fire, WA
Herman, Jeff -  Portland Fire, OR
         Hoffas, Josh - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR
Hoxie, Sean -  Moses Lake Fire, WA
   Jorgenson, Tony - Kennewick Fire, WA
Karman, Robert -  Pierce County Ambulance, WA
Mansfield, Jason -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Martin, Jesse -  Clark County Fire & Rescue, WA
Martinell, Craig -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Mason, Ronnie -  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR
Mauer, Jason -  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR
McCauley, Judson -  Vancouver Fire, WA
        Meyer, Nolan - Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
     Mitchum, Tony - Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
     Morris, Clayton - Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
         Mullery, Dan - Portland Fire, OR
Nichols, Brian -  Skamania Fire, WA
Norris, Zane -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Otto, Rob -  Port of Portland Fire, OR
Pfeifer, Chris -  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR
     Ponder, Bryce -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
     Porter, Georgia -  AMR Clark County, WA
Potter, Ryan -  Portland Fire, OR
Resche, Ed -  Portland Fire, OR
Rhine, Tyler -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Rodderick, Sam -  Portland Fire, OR
Roskam, Sarah -  AMR Clark County, WA
Schrader, Joe -  Vancouver Fire, WA
Schrier, Michael -  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR
       Shears, Carly - Albany Fire, OR
Simpson, Drew -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
         Smith, Greg - Vancouver Fire, WA
Stiffler, Joe -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Squires, Scott -  Clark County Fire District 6, WA
        Talarico, Joe - Clark County Fire & Rescue, WA
Thompson, Sean -  Florida Fire, FL
Uskoski, Zach -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Waliezer, Dustin -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
White, Justin -  Colorado Springs Fire, CO
Widlund, Barbara -  Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Widlund, Mark -  Camas Fire, WA
     Willett, Jeremy - East Pierce, WA
Woleben, Matt -  Mt. Prospect Fire, IL
        Wolf, Andrew - Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
     Zalozh, Andrey - Fire District 3 Brush Prairie, WA
Zarfas, Nick -  Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR