Emergency Response

 You may apply by stopping by Station 21 in Eastsound to pick up an application packet.  Please call "Mac" McCorison at 360-376-2331.
Volunteer Responder Academy
Volunteer Responder Academy is a month long process that will get you in the door. You learn basic & advanced CPR, Radio communications, driver safety along with other "Volunteer Responder" dutys. Once completed you will be part of the team and go on calls. 
Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Volunteer EMTs are specially trained to handle trauma and medical emergencies. EMTs assist the Paramedic on duty with critical care techniques, such as:
  • King tube intubation
  • Patient stabilization
  • Administer BLS medications per protocol
  • Other duties as described by the San Juan County Medical Program Director
Volunteer Firefighter
  • Volunteer Firefighter responds to 911 emergencies, provide basic EMS support and assists with non-emergency duties. Volunteer Firefighters extinguish, control and prevent fires through proper training and education. Volunteer Firefighters may pull day or night duty shifts in Eastsound (Station 21) and Deer Harbor (Station 24).
Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter requires participation in the Fire Academy hosted by OIFR. The Fire Academy takes up to four months, Twice a week and all day Saturday. Upon completion of the Academy, volunteers will have aquired the necessary knowledge and will be provided the opportunity to test for their Firefighter 1 rating.

Volunteer EMTs undergo EMT Academy that is hosted by Orcas, Lopez, Shaw or San Juan Island; the host agency rotates each year. EMT training takes approximately five months of classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus all day Saturday. Volunteer EMTs may pull day or night duty shifts in Eastsound (Station 21) and Deer Harbor (Station 24).
Volunteer EMTs are needed for all areas of Orcas Island.

Volunteer Application

Call 360-376-2331
Volunteer Firefighters are needed in Deer Harbor (Station 24), Doe Bay (Station 27), Olga (Station 25), and Orcas (Station 26).
About Fire Academy
  • Fire Academy is held every other year (alternate years are EMT training).
  • Fire Academy requires over 140 hours of weeknight training, as well as multiple skills weekends.
  • Failure to attend all classes and skills weekends will result in failing the academy.
To learn more about our next firefighter or EMT training, contact "Mac" McCorison at  Jmccorison@orcasfire.org .
Volunteer Wildland Firefighter
  • To become a volunteer wildland firefighter, a Red Card Certification is required.  This may be done by attending a Red Card training course that is held at the San Juan Fire Department annually.  Continuing education to maintain certification is conducted on the 4th Thursday of every month in March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October. Classes include team safety and communications, a Red Card refresher course, Brush and WASP pump operations, portable pump operations, and tool use and strategy.
To learn more about the upcoming Wildland class, please contact Dave Halloran or come by the Eastsound fire station.
How to become an OIFR volunteer
We appreciate your interest in volunteering with Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. It is very important that prospective volunteers have a strong understanding of our district’s volunteer requirements, which are designed to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and the people we serve in our community.
We accept applications for volunteer clerical service, public education, emergency medical care and fire suppression.
Volunteer Firefighter and EMT application process:
  • Review the expectations and submit an application package (available at Station 21 in Eastsound).
  • We will contact you after reviewing your application, and completing your driving and criminal history report.
  • You’ll need to attend the district orientation class to learn more about the academy program’s requirements and commitments. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of staff officers.
  • We will schedule a face-to-face interview between you and four department personnel.
  • The interview board will make a recommendation to the Fire Chief.
  • The Fire Chief makes a decision to accept or decline your application.
Volunteer Firefighter and EMT expectations:
  • Good driving record.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Pay $200 for books used in training (reimbursed six months after completing academy).
  • You will be issued gear and a uniform, but need to supply your own footwear.
Once you have completed training, you will be assigned to one of seven stations.
  • Volunteers are expected to participate in community events and to attend regular training.
  • Volunteers are expected to respond to emergency calls and assist in maintaining our apparatus, equipment and stations.
  • Volunteers are expected to complete two duty shifts per month. Day shifts are from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Night shifts are from 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • You may choose whether to be on duty for day or night shift, upon approval of the officer in charge.
Volunteer Service Oath
Voluntarily take this oath with purpose and with pride. I hereby accept the District’s Mission, Values and Principles as my own in the presence of my family, my neighbors, my officers and my fellow Firefighters, EMTs and First Responders. I understand that all these lives will be in my hands and mine in theirs.I am committed to developing my knowledge and skills at training and at drills, knowing that a life may depend on my ability to learn and my dedication to train. I make this oath knowing that my service will protect the lives and property of my family and my neighbors. Because this community and my fellow responders rely on me, I solemnly swear my dedication to the Fire Service as a member of San Juan County Fire Protection District #2. Separately and together we are the Orcas Island Fire & Rescue.