Actively working toward a fire service career or want to become more involved with your local community? Become a Volunteer with Fire District #6.
Fire District #6 accepts volunteers in the following roles:
- Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Responders (may live outside or within the geographical borders of Fire District #6)
- EMS Only Responders
- Volunteer Suppression Support (Rehab) Responders
- Volunteer Tender Driver/Operator Responders
Our Response Program
Volunteer Responders are scheduled and work under the supervision of the on-duty Captain or Lieutenant. Volunteer Responders are issued Fire Station wear and all the required PPE to perform their duties and responsibilities.
Being a volunteer requires a commitment of your time to train and to serve on emergencies. Within the first six months volunteers will be expected to complete approximately 180 hours of training in basic fire fighting and first aid. Beyond that time, we require members to obtain minimum training hours per month and provide response coverage to the district according to the volunteer’s available hours and district policy. As a volunteer with Fire District #6 you will be expected to stay physically fit in order to perform demanding tasks.
During the 12-month probation process, new volunteers will respond to fire and EMS alarms along with the other members of the response team. This enables you to get the first-hand experience and put your skills to work immediately. After six months, volunteers have the option to attend a three-month EMT course offered through Thurston County Medic One or begin the Driver/Operator Training.
Becoming a Volunteer with Fire District #6 responders have the opportunity to achieve additional certification such as:
- IFSAC Accredited Recruit Academy for Firefighter I
- Washington State EMT
- Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention Program
- Wildland Firefighter II Certification
- IFSAC Firefighter II
- NFPA Instructor I Certification
Volunteer Responders and Resident Responders must meet the following eligibility requirements, similar to those utilized in many fire departments’ hiring processes:
- Minimum of 18 years of age
- High school diploma
- Good physical condition
- Valid driver license
- Pass physical examination, oral interviews, criminal background, and driving record check
- $600 Fire Academy Enrollment Fee
Instructions for Submitting an Application
- Complete the East Olympia Fire District #6 application in its entirety.
- Complete in front of a notary the Background Waiver.
- Submit a current 5-year driving abstract.
- Submit a signed Physical Agility Test (PAT) Waiver.
- Submit a signed notarized Fire Academy Reimbursement Agreement.