Orcas Island Fire and Rescue is seeking candidates to join the volunteer ranks. All are invited to apply for the upcoming Volunteer Fire Academy starting January 6th, 2024. At the end of the academy, graduates will be fully qualified structure and wildland firefighters. The deadline for this round of applications is November 11, 2023.
The 2024 Winter Fire Academy will be a hybrid class with hands-on skills on weekends (both Saturday and Sunday) and two Thursday nights per month beginning in January. Online training and some certifications may take place in November and December. The academy is estimated to be completed at the end of March. The 1st and 3rd Thursday nights will be skills training with our current volunteers and staff!
Various paths to certification will be considered, especially if you only want to be a Wildland Firefighter. OIFR first responders may also learn to be proficient in Technical Rescue (which includes rope rescue, vehicle rescue, or search and rescue), Apparatus Operator/Engineering, or become EMTs. We will accept applications and work on a path that is right for everyone.
The benefits of becoming a volunteer firefighter include helping your neighbors, social activities sponsored by the Volunteer FF/EMT Association, BVFF pension, medical reimbursement, access to a group healthcare insurance policy, annual wellness review with the medical director, physical fitness goals, camaraderie and community!