Are you thinking you may be interested in joining the department? Good people are always needed!
Here is a list of the basic requirements and standards.
Per Whatcom County Fire District #16 policy:
1.1 Application: Personnel shall have a completed the dept.'s application forms and successfully passed any background investigation conducted. A current/valid Washington State Drivers License must be held in addition.
1.2 Residency: Personnel shall be established residents of the community, provided that this requirement may be waived at the Chief's discretion.
1.3 Availability: Personnel shall be adequately available for regularly scheduled training and response calls.
1.4: Character: Personnel shall have demonstrated good character traits such as honesty, reliability, integrity, fidelity, etc... A felony conviction will automatically disqualify any applicant.
1.5: Fitness: Personnel shall have a positive recommendation for unlimited, sustained, arduous duty by Dist. # 16's designated physician.
1.6: Compliance: Personnel shall have a working knowledge of and comply with all department standard operating procedures and policy.
1.7: Amiability: Personnel shall conduct themselves in an amiable and professional manner in their relationships with one another, other emergency responders and the general public.
1.8: Training: Personnel shall attend at least 50% of all regularly scheduled training sessions; provided that this 50% requirement may be reduced at the Chief's discretion; provided further, that all personnel shall additionally complete and satisfy the department's specific training requirements and standards including all federal and state mandated courses.
1.9: Response: Personnel, unless otherwise directed by the Chief, shall respond to at least 25% of all calls.
1:10 Renewal: Personnel shall complete and submit a department membership renewal form each year in order to maintain their membership.
1.11: Retirement: Personnel who have actively served as volunteer firefighters in Washington State for at least ten years shall be eligible to retire and terminate their membership.
1.12: Status: Personnel shall be categorized as follows: