• Volunteering

     

    Being a Firefighter/EMT is not for most people and challenges even the toughest and most astute team members. Those selected for membership will be sent to Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) school to gain Firefighter & EMT certifications. All training and certification is provide at no cost and is designed to provide real-world skills and knowledge for emergency response. This is no doubt, one of the most rewarding, exciting and challenging ways a person can volunteer to help the community!

    If it weren’t for Volunteers, three fourths of the United States would be without adequate fire protection. This is also true in our community! Few jobs offer the challenges, recognition and rewards that Volunteer fire and emergency medical services can offer. Protecting the lives and property of neighborhood families is our mission.

    South Bay Fire Department volunteers respond from our main station 8-1 (on Schincke Road) and sub-station 8-3 (on Boston Harbor Road). The district employs  career staff who support over 60 Volunteers who primarily provide response and public service to the South Bay area. They also have three firefighters and three lieutenants to help provide daytime coverage.

    We are always looking for dedicated, responsible and ambitious Volunteers to help support our community. If you think you have what it takes to be a firefighter, please fill out and submit an application. Applications are accepted year-round however the recruitment process is conducted twice a year, in January and July. The selection process consists of a written test (general knowledge), a firefighter physical agility course and an interview panel. The number of membership offers depends upon current Department need.

    For questions or further details call us at (360) 491-5320 or email Assistant Chief LeMay at  lemay@southbayfire.com

    Volunteer Firefighters Are...

    • Emergency Responders – We will train you to safely respond and engage in firefighting operations, provide emergency medical assistance and serve the community in a way no other Volunteer organization can offer.
    • Recognized & Respected – Your dedication efforts don’t go unnoticed. The community appreciates your work, as does your fellow Volunteers. We value our Volunteers and provide on-going training as well as social events for our Volunteers.
    • Rewarded with Benefits – Our District offers Volunteers a competitive array of financial incentives, educational and training opportunities as well as insurance and retirement benefits.
    • Rewarded with Personal Satisfaction – Volunteers are rewarded with the personal satisfaction of serving their community, saving a life or dwelling and serving a necessary purpose to the well-being of their fellow man.

    Volunteer – not so you can build your resume – but so you can build yourself

    Interested in volunteering? Learn more about benefits here or requirements here. Apply with us: Application Form (V2 2016)

      

  • Volunteer Benefits

     

    We appreciate and reward our volunteers. As a volunteer with the South Bay Fire Department you are entitled to several benefits and incentives.


    Volunteer Stipends

    Volunteers receive a monetary stipend for participation in certain activities such as attending a drill, pulling a shift or responding to an emergency call. Stipend rates vary based on your rank, duties, weekend or weekday and location of activity. All stipend-paid activities must be recorded in the log book and approved by your supervisor.

    Training

    Volunteers are issued a uniform, bunker gar  and full protective gear and equipment, then enrolled in initial training for Emergency Medical Technician or Fire Training though the Thurston County Recruit Fire Academy. All training and Equipment is provide at no cost to members affiliated with the South Bay Fire Department. After successful completion of initial training, volunteers begin a six-month probation period and are assigned to a shift for emergency response and continued training and mentorship. Mentors ensure that volunteers understand procedures and policies and assist them with any needs that arise. Ongoing training opportunities continue for volunteers throughout their career with the department. Continued training opportunities include Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator training, Specialized response, and leadership and emergency command training through the Department Officer Development Program! (ODP)There are many progressive and promotional opportunities to all members who apply themselves.

    Do you have what it take to join our team?

    Pension Plan

    Following initial training, volunteers are issued Pension Plan through the Volunteer Fire Fighters’ & Reserve Officers Relief & Pension Act. Appropriate paperwork for enrollment is available upon completion of initial training.

    Accident & Sickness Insurance

    Prior to initial training, volunteers are issued Accident Insurance through the Volunteer Fire Fighters’ & Reserve Officers Relief & Pension Act. In addition, volunteers are issued Accident & Sickness Insurance through the Standard Life Insurance.

    Life Insurance

    Prior to initial training, volunteers are issued Life Insurance through the Volunteer Fire Fighters’ & Reserve Officers Relief & Pension Act as well as through the Standard.

    Chaplain Services

    Chaplain services are available to volunteers and their families for emotional support during times of crisis or as a resource in situations of need.

    Employee Assistance Program

    Volunteers are eligible to participate in the Washington State Employee Assistance Program; a voluntary, confidential service that helps with personal or work-related problems that may impact work performance.

    Fire Fighters’ Association

    Members and their families can participate in the Fire Fighters’ Association; a non-profit group that provides community assistance such as adopt-a-family and Safe House as well as social activities such as the annual barbeque.

    Social & Recognition Events

    Throughout the year, volunteers are invited to attend family social events and an annual recognition ceremony.

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