Volunteer Recruitment FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions
The recruitment process begins when an applicant completes a Volunteer Application Package and returns it to the Administration Office in person or by mail. Applications are reviewed to ensure they are completed with the necessary required information including a completed notary near the back of the application.
Recruitments for different positions begin at different times of the year. Recruitment cycles include a physical ability test to ensure applicants can physically perform the duties associated with the position they have applied for.
Upon passing the physical ability testing a statement of personal history questionnaire will need to be completed and submitted. A thorough background investigation including but not limited to driving records, criminal history and psychological screening will take several weeks to complete. Upon completing the background check you will be directed to make an appointment with our occupational health and drug screening provider at our expense.
Once you have passed all required screening processes you will be directed to our Training Division to begin orientation training followed by specific training related to the position you applied for.
The CPAT is the Candidate Physical Ability Test used for Firefighter applicants. Volunteer applicants are permitted to extend their time to a maximum of 15 minutes.
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All positions have a relevant physical ability test related to the essential functions of the position and are timed. While we do not have videos of these tests available at this time, their summary can be reviewed here.
EMS Volunteers are tested to ensure they can perform the following tasks safely;
- Enter and exit a Medic Unit utilizing a seatbelt.
- Carry two actual gear bags with medical equipment and supplies up and down steps and be able to set them down and pick them up again by bending at the knees and keeping your back straight.
- Perform high performance CPR for two minutes to the proper depth and rate as measured by an electronic CPR mannequin.
- Lift one end of a backboard with 130 lbs of weight from the ground to waist high by squatting down and keeping your back straight.
- Lift and hold an EZ Curl bar with 75 lbs of weight (simulating 1/2 of a stair chair and seated patient) while stepping forward and backwards going up and down a set of 5 steps.
- Remove and install a patient gurney from the rear of a Medic Unit.
- Perform 3 minutes of stair steps without stopping with the ability to change step pattern as needed to accomodate fatigue.
- Accurately assemble an adult bag valve mask (BVM) assembly, attach to a standard oxygen delivery system and flow 15L of O².
By clicking on this EMS Physical Ability Test link (opens in a new window) you can read more detailed information about and how to successfully pass the test. Practice tests are not available.
Tender Operators are tested to ensure they can perform the following tasks safely;
- Enter and exit a Tender utilizing a seatbelt.
- Remove an empty 2500 gallon portable water tank from the stored position on the side of a Tender to the ground. An assistant will be provided to equally lift and lower the opposite end of the portable tank.
- Retrieve from side compartments two valve appliances, hydrant wrench and two 25 foot rolls of 3 inch fire hose.
- Carry items from compartments to a designated fire hydrant 50 feet away.
- Remove the caps from a fire hydrant using a hydrant wrench.
- Attach two valve appliances to the side of the fire hydrant.
- Advance a dry 50 foot long 3 inch hose approximately 50 feet.
- Roll up a 50 foot long 3 inch piece of hose.
By clicking on this Tender Operator Physical Ability link (opens in a new window) you can read more detailed information about and how to successfully pass the test. Practice tests are not available.
Yes. All Emergency Medical, Firefighter and Tender Operator positions are required to complete specific coursework from FEMA’s National Incident Management System (NIMS). The free courses listed below must be completed and the associated certifications provided to the Training Division before you will be assigned to a station and allowed to respond to incidents. You do not need to submit paper copies of these certifications with your application materials. You may note on your application in the appropriate space that you have completed these courses if you have done so.
- ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
- ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
- IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction
Firefighters are also required to complete (at minimum) the course work related to NWCG Firefighter Type 2 available for free at the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Training and Qualifications website. You do not need to submit paper copies of these certifications with your application materials. You may note on your application in the appropriate space that you have completed these courses if you have done so. Please note that you must follow the website instructions and PC requirements precisely to ensure that coursework completed is recorded accurately. That coursework includes the following.
- S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
- S-130, Firefighter Training
(Recent NWCG Red Card Training and Certification may substitute for this training.)
Several community colleges around the country offer the academic coursework through an associates of applied science program. Not all college programs will offer an NFPA Firefighter 1 certification due to additional hands-on training requirements that may not be available at that institution.
Individual college transcripts will need to be evaluated by our Training Division to determine what additional requirements will be needed (if any).
Nationally recognized certifications including US Military Department of Defense (DOD), IFSAC and Pro-Board generally qualify for reciprocity.