Volunteer with Graham Fire & Rescue
We are now accepting applications!
Our volunteer program provides hands-on experience for individuals interested in serving their community via the fire service. Graham Fire & Rescue typically holds one recruit academy each year for both firefighting and support positions.
If you are interested in volunteering as a firefighter with Graham Fire & Rescue, please make sure you meet the volunteer program minimum requirements listed below. You can download the application packet and submit following the instructions on the Volunteer Application Packet Checklist. We are accepting applications from April 01 through May 31, 2021. Please read information below as it may provide answers to initial questions about the volunteer application process.
Volunteer Program Minimum Requirements
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
- Must have a valid Washington driver’s license
- Must pass background investigation process including post-offer medical exams.
- Must complete physical ability test (CPAT).
- For “Respond from home volunteers” you must live within 5 miles of Station 92. Station 92 is located at 14817 Kapowsin Hwy E, Graham WA 98338. (Resident volunteers have no requirements to live near Graham, WA.)
The Path to Becoming a Graham Fire & Rescue Volunteer
The path to volunteering looks like this:
- Orientation session
- Written examination
- Oral interview
- Thorough background check process and post-offer medical examinations
- Physical Ability Test
- Board of Commissioners approval
Selected individuals will be required to complete the following duties prior to becoming combat-ready volunteers:
- Station and/or Shift Assignment
- Division Transition Meeting
What to expect after turning in your volunteer application:
Once application period closes May 31, 2021, you can expect an email invitation to a virtual orientation that will explain what it means to volunteer as a firefighter at Graham Fire & Rescue.
You will learn the training that takes place, the different kinds of assignments, and what a typical day for a volunteer firefighter looks like for our organization. You will also learn the time that will need to be dedicated to going to the volunteer academy. It is after the orientation meeting applicants decide whether or not they want to move forward with the volunteer testing process.
After the orientation web meeting finishes, within a month you can then expect to take a written examination. Examination notifications will be sent to you via email, so please make sure you’ve added Graham Fire & Rescue as a safe sender in your email program.
Applicants that obtain a passing score will be invited to a Chiefs Interview. Once all interviews are completed and testing scores are tabulated, top candidates will move forward with a thorough background investigation process.
Once a background is passed, the candidate is informed of their orientation start date. After orientation concludes they will be directed to schedule an appointment with our Logistics Division for gear fittings.
Training Division personnel then contact the new volunteer with their training schedule and information.
Due to COVID and scheduling, the testing timeline is still being formulated and is subject to change. All information and information updates will be emailed to those that submit a timely application.
Firefighting Positions [+]
The volunteer firefighter must be able to follow standard policies, procedures, guidelines, and safety rules. He/she must participate in required training drills to attain and maintain necessary skills in fire suppression, life safety, rescue and property conservation operations.
The individual will maintain, check, and test apparatus, equipment, and facilities as assigned. Participate in community activities, public education, fire watches, station tours, and other events that require positive public interaction. Write and submit required reports by computer for emergency and non-emergency activities. Respond to alarms and perform firefighter duties including, but not limited to, the use of hoses, pumps, equipment, emergency apparatus, and tools.
Graham Fire & Rescue currently offers two programs to those individuals interested in firefighting: a resident program and a respond-from-home program.
Graham Fire & Rescue Chaplain Program [+]
The mission of the Chaplain Program is to provide support to our firefighters, their families and to the community. Graham Fire & Rescue currently has four dedicated community volunteer Chaplains who provide the following services to our community and fellow members:
- Provide aftermath assistance, freeing up operation personnel for other emergency duties;
- Provide comfort, counsel and education to those experiencing loss;
- Assist in contacting family members;
- Assist in notification of clergy;
- Assist with “Red Cross” notification and arrangements.
Graham Fire & Rescue Support Services [+]
The Support Services Program assists with rehabilitating firefighters operating at emergency incidents and training exercises. Graham Fire & Rescue has dedicated community volunteer personnel that provide the following incident rehabilitation support:
- Provide an area of rest and rehabilitation;
- Provide relief from extreme climatic conditions
- Provide fluid and food replenishment
- Assist in crew rotation and medical monitoring