MCFD#1 Volunteer Positions and Requirements

The largest and most valuable assets to our organization are our Volunteers who call Marion County Fire District #1 home.

Since MCFD#1 was formed over 30 years ago with the merger of the Brooks Rural Fire District and Four Corners Fire District establishing an area of emergency coverage of more than 80 square miles.

Today we meet the emergency needs of citizens with a diversified Career and Volunteer workforce. Our programs utilize Volunteers in many capacities, through three different response type positions:

Student and Resident

The Student and Resident positions were created to maintain consistent staffing of our six volunteer response stations. Individuals are assigned to a specific career shift enabling them to work consistently along side career firefighters and paramedics. This program best prepares individuals to enter the workforce with current educational training, skills and practical work experience. Minimum activity requirements are measured quarterly to include on duty time, training time and public service/education hours.

Qualifications: You must have either; completed the NFPA Firefighter 1 coursework -or- possess a National Registry EMT (or higher) certification with the ability to acquire Oregon reciprocity within 90 days of appointment -or- you are currently enrolled and are actively participating in the Chemeketa Community College Fire Program. We have both EMS and Firefighter positions available at most stations.

Tour of Duty

The Tour of Duty position was created to accommodate individuals who wished to give of their time to MCFD#1 but do not live within a limited driving distance to one of our designated Volunteer response Stations. This Volunteer position type allows the flexibility to schedule convenient times to be on duty and available to respond to the communities needs. Minimum activity requirements are measured quarterly to include on duty time, training time and public service/education hours. We recruit Operations Support Volunteers as entry level with opportunities to advance to other positions after appointment and initial training.

Home Responder

The Home Responder position is the traditional volunteer role. This position has existed in US history since Benjamin Franklin established the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia (1736). Many of today’s more rural fire agencies and fire districts rely on volunteers who respond when needed. Home Responders live within a limited driving distance of one of our designated Volunteer response Stations. We have Firefighter and Operations Support volunteer positions available at several stations.

Our Home Responding Volunteer Firefighters also contribute a couple of 12 hour shifts per month that the Volunteer selects based on their availability. The number of 12 hour shifts varies depending on how many calls for service the Volunteer is available to participate in from their home assigned station. The fewer calls they are able to respond to with their assigned home station will have a higher number of 12 hour shifts. This ensures the Volunteer Firefighter is receiving ongoing opportunity to utilize their skills and training on actual scene events. This also encourages ongoing training and promotional opportunities for more advanced positions in leadership.

Qualifications: Firefighter positions are available to those who are already certified or qualify for reciprocity. We recruit Operations Support Volunteers as entry level with opportunities to advance to other positions after appointment and initial training.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

For each of the types of participation levels above the following are the position descriptions. Individuals interested in volunteering their time should review the specific training requirements and activity descriptions.

Additional information about the volunteer recruitment process can be found in our Volunteer Recruitment FAQ Page.

Recruitment Open

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Operations Support Volunteer only. Individuals interested in applying are strongly encouraged to review the position description above for detailed information on the specific duties, physical requirements and optional activities. A timeline of important dates and events is listed below. Applicants should note these dates to avoid potential calendar conflicts. Every effort will be made to accommodate individual schedules where possible.

Start Date End Date

Process Step/Event/Activity

12/01/2021 01/28/2022 Application period open. Your application (only) must be received at our Administration Offices by 5 p.m. If you mail your application, you should do so at least a week prior. If you prefer to deliver your application, our Administration Offices have reduced hours due to staffing shortages. We recommend you call ahead to ensure the office will be open when you deliver your application.
01/29/2022 02/04/2022 Panel reviews applications received. Applications will be reviewed to ensure they are complete and notarized. Applicants moving forward will be contacted by phone during this time to schedule panel interviews. If you are unavailable to receive phone calls, ensure that a voice mail message can be left at the phone number you provided on your application.
02/05/2022 02/13/2022 Panel Interviews with Applicants. Applicants chosen to move forward will be notified following the panel interview. We will also schedule a time for you to attend testing on 2/26/2022. Applicants moving forward are strongly encouraged to begin filling out the Statement of Personal History document available below.
02/26/2022 TBD Physical Ability, Reading Comprehension and Psychological Screening Testing. Depending on the number of Applicants, testing may need to continue on 02/27/2022. Upon passing your Physical Ability Test, your Statement of Personal History is due now.
02/28/2022 04/01/2022 Reference checks, driving history and background investigation is ongoing. Towards the end of the background investigation process you will be contacted to schedule an occupational health exam with our medical provider at our expense. Once your occupational health exam has been completed, we will schedule a Chief’s Interview with you.
04/11/2022 04/22/2022 Chief’s Interviews – Applicants selected to affiliate with Marion County Fire District #1 will be contacted following their interview with the Fire Chief.
04/30/2022 N/A In Person Orientation starts at 8 a.m. Plan on spending the majority of the day with us to learn who we are, what we do and how we do it. You will be introduced to many of the electronic systems we use in addition to what your training path and development plan will be for the summer.
05/03/2022 First Tuesday night drill and on board training. Many drills are formally scheduled on Tuesday evenings. Smaller groups and individual shift crews schedule additional training during other evenings and weekends as needed and as instructors are available.
TBD TBD Emergency Medical Responder course and licensing. This course schedule will be offered several times this year and must be completed within 1 year if you are not already Oregon EMS licensed. You may optionally enroll in an approved EMT course with financial assistance from us following your first completed quarterly activity but must still acquire your Oregon license within a calendar year from your appointment.
TBD N/A NFPA Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Class. Option 1 – Attend the 1 day in person classroom presentation on this day -or- Option 2 – Complete the online course utilizing the recorded lecture and study guides. Then, pass the online test and complete the skills practicals.
TBD N/A NFPA Mobile Water Supply Apparatus Class. Option 1 – Attend the 1 day in person classroom presentation on this day -or- Option 2 – Complete the online course utilizing the recorded lecture and study guides. Then, pass the online test and complete the skills practicals.

The men of the first volunteer fire department, called the Union Fire Company, totalled about two dozen and pledged to hasten to the scene should a fire break out in a fellow member’s home. Their equipment consisted of leather buckets for dousing flames with water and linen bags for spiriting valuables out of burning buildings. The volunteer fire department offered members an opportunity to serve their city and improve themselves.