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Resident Firefighting Life

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  • Resident Firefighting Life

    I'm a college student in Spokane, Washington, and I'm going to be applying for a resident volunteer position at a fire district in the area. I was wondering if any of you have had experience with resident firefighting, either as a resident or an administrator, and especially in Spokane County. What's station life like as a resident? Do you have any tips for balancing resident firefighting with college classes? Is there anything in the application process that should be especially aware of. Any input is appreciated.
    (A little background: I have roughly a year and a half of experience with a volunteer fire department in my hometown, and I'll be applying with Type II Wildland and Hazmat O&A certs. I'll need to complete a nights/weekends fire academy and an EMT-B course if I'm accepted)

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    I have no firsthand knowledge of the program. Their website doesn't give much info that answers your question: http://scfd9.org/resident-program/

    I would presume that they know you are a college student, so you'll probably have some flexibility in that regard.

    They will likely expect you to respond when in-house and/or to take specific shifts.

    They will likely expect you to attend any and all pertinent training.

    Keep your living area clean.

    Sweep/mop the apparatus floor (and the rest of the station) any time it needs it.

    Assist with any other house tasks.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.


    • #3
      fire5555 Political Science, and yes, they did. It includes a background check, an interview process, and a CPAT. I believe I meet the requirements to apply WITHOUT waiving their training program.


      • #4
        tree68 It doesn't, unfortunately. I've been in and out of contact with them trying to get more details, but between my busy-ness and their busy-ness, it's been a little difficult. They have 8 12-hour shifts a month and training every Wednesday after you've completed the initial recruit academy. Thank you for your advice.


        • #5
          Wrong forum. Disregard.
          Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

          Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.


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