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.

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. If you are currently enrolled and are actively participating in the Chemeketa Community College Fire Program you also qualify. 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.

Qualifications: EMS positions must possess a National Registry EMT (or higher) certification with the ability to acquire Oregon reciprocity within 90 days of appointment. Firefighter positions are available to those who are already Oregon accredited or qualify for reciprocity. We offer an annual firefighter recruit academy in the fall for those who need to complete entry-level 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 positions available at most stations and Tender Operator positions at a few select 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 Oregon accredited or qualify for reciprocity. We offer a Tender Operator academy in the spring and a firefighter recruit academy in the fall for those who need to complete entry-level training.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

For each of the types of participation levels above the following are the position descriptions. Not all position descriptions have all types of activity available. For example; Operations Support Volunteers are only available as a Home Responder type of activity. This is because Operations Support Volunteers are only called to a limited number of calls every year where they are needed. Applicants who live too far away from one of the stations that have specialized equipment assigned to it would not be a good fit either since responding to fires in a timely manner is necessary. Participating as a Tour of Duty Volunteer there would be very little chance that of nearly the 8,000 calls we respond to (80% or more are medical in nature) that one of them would require one of the specialized units and you would be on shift at that specific station at that time.

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

We are currently not accepting applications for our Volunteer positions at this time. We are currently reviewing our programs for opportunities to best serve the citizens of our fire district while providing meaningful opportunities to our Volunteers who wish to donate their time.

If you are interested in being notified by email when our programs are open again, you may send an email to our Training Captain, Brian Woodley at brianw – at – mcfd1 – dot – com and request to be added to the notification list.

[jbox title=”DID YOU KNOW?”]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.[/jbox]