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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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.
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