Resident Volunteer Firefighter

This is a Job Description offered as information only.
It is not an announcement of an open position or an offer of employment.


Under the direction and in concert with the values of Marion County Fire District #1; Resident Volunteers perform firefighting, fire prevention, and emergency medical services duties including combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires and applying skills and knowledge in the saving of life and property. Drives and operates district vehicles and apparatus as directed and authorized. Maintains facilities and equipment and performs other duties as assigned. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written instructions; make good judgments; act appropriately and calmly in emergency situations; perform strenuous activities under hazardous and dangerous circumstances; establish and maintain effective relationships with other personnel and the general public; prepare complete, accurate reports using English grammar, spelling and mathematics. Does related work as required and performs other duties as may be assigned.


Work is performed under the general supervision of the Resident Volunteer Coordinator and the Station Officer to which they are assigned for residency. When on duty or responding career personnel and/or Battalion Chief may provide guidance and issue directives. The Resident Volunteer Coordinator will review work for conformance with district policies, procedures and guidelines.


Supervision is not normally responsibility of positions in this classification.


A person in this classification shall perform the essential functions as outlined below given consideration to the values and basic rules for Marion County Fire District #1. However, these functions do not include all of the specific essential functions that a person may be required to perform.

1. Responds to emergencies with assigned company, lays and connects hose lines, holds nozzles and directs water streams, utilizes chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and other equipment as may be required.
2. Raises ladders, ventilates fire to release heat and smoke, overhauls fire scene to prevent rekindling, and performs rescue work.
3. Provides emergency medical services as appropriate to EMS certification level, including report writing, skills and related activities.
4. Covers and protects furniture, appliances, stocks, and materials by use of salvage covers.
5. Cleans fire stations and grounds and services and cleans all fire equipment as assigned.
6. Participates in drills and classes and attends instructional classes, seminars, etc. as required and directed to improve skills and abilities.
7. May be assigned to rescue vehicle, perform vehicle and/or mechanical rescue functions as directed.
8. Drives and operates vehicles as trained and authorized.
9. Participates in, and conducts inspection programs, pre-fire planning programs and other fire prevention programs as assigned.
10. Participates in community outreach/public service events as organized and approved by the district.


Upon successful acceptance of a district application, Resident Volunteers will be assigned based upon their training, education, and experience. This may include a recruit academy assignment. Prior to the end of probationary status the individual will have demonstrated experience and applied knowledge of emergency medical procedures (to the extent of EMS certification level); fire suppression and fire prevention techniques, procedures and methods; operation and maintenance of firefighting and emergency medical equipment; English grammar, spelling, and mathematics. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Safely operate fire and emergency medical equipment and vehicles (as trained and authorized) and use of radios, pagers, a personal computer and telephone. Ability to work harmoniously with other personnel.


Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the General Education Development. Current enrollment in an accredited college or university.


  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon Drivers License within 90 days with a driving record consistent with district driving policies.
  • Must pass a district-provided physical examination by a licensed/accredited medical facility.
  • Must pass a district physical agility course.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background and personal history investigation.
  • NFPA Firefighter 1 certification, or equivalent**
  • NFPA Firefighter 2 training requirements**
  • NFPA Firefighter 2 certification within 2 years or previously titled equivalent **.
  • NFPA Hazardous Materials Operations* certification, or previously titled equivalent.
  • (NWCG) Wildland Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) certification or previously titled equivalent.**
  • NIMS ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700, and IS 800*
  • NFPA Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator certification within 18 months of appointment or previously titled equivalent.
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)* or higher Oregon EMS provider license within 18 months of appointment.
  • NFPA Vehicle Rescue Operations and NFPA Machinery Rescue Operations certification within 3 years or previously titled equivalent.**
    (* Will be provided during probationary and training period.) (** May not be required for EMS only RVs.)


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a person to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. A physical agility test will be required for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, persons are frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Persons are occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; stoop kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.

The physical demands of this position in emergency situations require a person to frequently lift, exert pressure for pushing and pulling, and/or move up to 30 pounds. A person is also required to wear and use full protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus weighing approximately 35 pounds, while carrying or dragging fire hose, climbing ladders, lifting patients, handling various fire equipment (i.e. fans, generators, power saws, extrication equipment, etc.) which would require the person to be able to move up to 200 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a person encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The duties of this position are performed regularly outside in all weather conditions. Duties are performed by the person near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration, and extreme temperatures.
The noise level in the environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting activities when noise levels may range from 80-100 DBA.