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.
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; Tender Operators are only available as a Home Responder type of activity. This is because Tenders are only called to approximately 20 incidents per year where they are needed. Applicants who live too far away from one of the stations that have a Tender 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 7,000 calls we respond to that one of them would require a Tender and you would be on shift during that time.
Additional information about the volunteer recruitment process can be found in our Volunteer Recruitment FAQ.
2020 Volunteer Recruitment Schedule
Spring Recruitment : Tender Operators and Trained/Certified Firefighters
March 13th, 2020 – 5 p.m.
Application period ends. We must have received your application by this date/time
March 21st, 2020 – 8 a.m.
Physical Ability Testing and background questionnaires to be completed. If Firefighters have a current NTN CPAT Certification you may skip the physical ability testing portion, but you must still attend to complete the background questionnaire. Specific times and locations will be provided at the closing of the application process.
March 23rd to May 1st
Background Investigations, Occupational Health Exams and related processes. We will notify you as needed. Appointments made by you as required.
May 2nd, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Orientation Class*. Upon notification of your background being completed this will be our next formal meeting. You may optionally bring a laptop or tablet device if desired as many of our systems are computer based.
Uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be issued. Typically there are a few dates/times made available.
Trained/Certified Firefighter Skills Review and Testing*. EMS Volunteer Applicants are scheduled to attend Medic Unit orientation this evening if staffing is available. Otherwise, scheduled as available.
Tender Operator Academy
May 29th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Driver Training Classroom. All Applicants will attend this portion even if you already possess a current NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator or equivalent certification.
May 30th, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Driver Training Classroom. Applicants who already possess a current NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator or equivalent certification can be omitted after providing documentation of your qualifications.
May 31st, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Driver Testing and Skills. Applicants who already possess a current NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator or equivalent certification can be omitted after providing documentation of your qualifications.
*Additional dates/times to be scheduled with class at this time to complete training objectives.