Resident Firefighter Program

The District is currently accepting applications for Resident Volunteer Firefighters.

Qualifications preferred but not required at time of hire: EMT- Basic or Paramedic, NFPA Structural Firefighter or equivalent (IFSAC or Pro-Board), Wildland Firefighter II.


The Resident Firefighter Program gives members the opportunity to gain valuable field experience. All necessary equipment is furnished by the Fire District; including room and board, personal protective equipment and uniforms. Program members are supervised by an assigned district officer-program coordinator. Resident Firefighters are expected to show continuous progression toward obtaining career goals and building professional qualifications. Periodic meetings and performance evaluations will be conducted throughout the duration of the program to assist the candidate in achieving their highest potential.

Candidates selected for the Resident Program must be highly motivated. The Resident firefighters are often the first crew to respond to emergencies, making them the first point of contact to the public. The ability to represent the fire district with professionalism and competent skills is paramount. This type of independent experience has earned the fire district a long history of training outstanding firefighter's that move on to career positions with municipal departments.

Resident firefighters can expect training and experience in structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, apparatus/pump operations, emergency medical service and transport, vehicle extrication, high/low angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, ice/water rescue and company officer development.


-Volunteer status with Station 51 assigned as a primary residence.

-Hourly pay based on qualifications and rank.


-Eighteen (18) years of age upon appointment.

-High school graduate (or equivalent).

-Valid Washington State Driver’s License and insurable driving record.

-Physically and mentally capable of performing the functions of a firefighter.

-Strong desire for obtaining a career in the fire service or another emergency service related field.


Fire – Graduate of a district-sponsored recruit academy or equivalent, previous experience, and training records must meet requirements of NFPA 1001- Structural Firefighter Professional Qualifications.

EMS – Must be EMT certified within one (1) year of hire, the Fire Chief and/or resident coordinator may extend this time frame when extenuating circumstance apply.


-Application packets for district employment may be obtained on the district website under the employment tab, or in person at Station 51 located at 460 W. Humorist Road, Burbank WA, 99323.

-Completed application packets received by the district office will be screened to determine if the applicant meets minimum requirements.

-Incomplete applications will be rejected, application packets need to be notarized by a certified notary, please read and follow directions carefully.

-Qualified applicants will be ranked based on experience and education. Preference may be given to applicants with previous volunteer or resident program experience and/or current enrollment in college majoring in Fire Science, Business Administration or EMT-Paramedic.

-Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an oral interview by the Fire Chief or designated personnel, usually consisting of a district officer, senior resident and volunteer.

-Candidates with satisfactory scores on oral interviews will be invited to participate in a physical agility test, the details of this test are outlined in the application packet and under our health and fitness section.

-Each candidate must complete and pass a medical physical exam and background check before hire.

-Positions may be filled from the list of qualified applicants as vacancies open.

-Applications may be kept on file for up to one (1) year.