Volunteer firefighters are an integral part of the Corvallis Fire Department. The Department maintains a roster of volunteers who augment the ranks of the career personnel and assist with fire suppression, rescue services, emergency medical care, and fire prevention.

The Fire Department has three volunteer programs designed to allow individuals to match their skills and time with the needs of the City and the Rural Fire Protection District:

Community Volunteers live within the City or Rural District and are assigned to a shift and station, spending time each month in the fire station with career personnel. This situation is well suited for individuals who wish to reside in their own homes while serving their community and gaining valuable and marketable skills and experience. Duties and expectations include:

  • Training a minimum of 8 hours per month, usually on Tuesday evenings.
  • Volunteering a minimum of 14 hours each month.
  • Responding to a fire station or fire scene on first or greater alarms to assist career staff.
  • EMT certification is not required. However, reimbursement is available for aspects of EMT training once certification is achieved.

Resident Volunteers maintain their assigned station as their primary residence and work shifts with career personnel. Resident volunteers receive free lodging in their assigned fire station. This is often an ideal situation for OSU, LBCC, and Chemeketa students. Duties and expectations include:

  • Training a minimum of 8 hours per month, usually on Tuesday evenings.
  • Volunteering six 12-hour duty shifts and two 24-hour duty shifts each month (approximately one 12-hour shift every third evening, plus two twenty-four hour shifts).
  • EMT certification is not required. However, reimbursement is available for aspects of EMT training once certification is achieved.

Rural Resident Volunteers maintain the Locke Fire Station (Rural District Station in the Lewisburg area) as their primary residence and are trained as Firefighter/Apparatus Operators. Rural Resident Volunteers receive free lodging in the Locke Fire Station and are eligible for financial assistance to help defray educational costs. This, too, is an ideal situation for students. Duties and expectations include:

  • Training a minimum of 8 hours per month and other hours as necessary.
  • Volunteering with other Interns at the Locke Station to provide coverage 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. An example of a work schedule would be 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off duty. Each Intern would receive every third duty shift off. This would equate to a minimum of 168 hours of volunteer time per month.
  • Obtaining EMT Basic certification within 12 months of start date.

The application process and requirements  vary slightly among the three programs.

If you have questions about the programs, please call 541-766-6961.

Last updated: 6/6/2017 10:06:01 AM