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Student Resident Program


Join the Student Resident Program
for Polk County Fire District No.1



  Polk County Fire District No.1 is a combination career/volunteer Fire District of four fire stations. The District covers 185 square miles, servicing a population of approximately 25,000 people in southeast Polk County and western
Marion County. Designated land uses are varied ranging from urban and suburban areas of Monmouth and Independence, to rural, farm and forest lands in surrounding unincorporated areas. The cities of Monmouth (Pop. 9,125) and Independence
(Pop. 7,715) form the heart of the District, with the communities of Buena Vista,
Suver, Airlie, and Pedee forming the rural areas.

Polk County Fire District No. 1 has maintained a long-standing commitment to work with local colleges and universities in providing work experience opportunities for students enrolled in a fire service or pre-hospital care curriculum. It is the District’s intent to aid the resident in developing the skills and acquire the knowledge necessary in a fire service career.

The resident program has traditionally been for students seeking their AAS Fire Science degree. However, as fire service demands continue to change, more students are extending their time in the program (2 year average) while continuing their education in obtaining their AAS Paramedic and/or BS Fire Administration.

PCFD is proud to boast an excellent career placement record (better than 90%) with agencies such as Salem, Tualatin Valley, Portland, Clackamas, Vancouver, Tacoma, Seattle, as well as PCFD itself.


Details of the Student Resident Program


Be enrolled in and maintain full time status in an approved fire protection or EMS degree program

Obtain Oregon EMT-B certification within
1 year of appointment

Obtain DPSST/NFPA Firefighter 1 certification within 1 year of appointment

Maintain Polk County Fire District No.1 residence quarters as primary physical residence

Serve a minimum 120-day probationary period

Be responsible for assigned duty shift except for illness, emergency or prearranged absences

Attend/participate in on/off duty Wednesday night fire drills and all drill & training events unless absence is prearranged

Respond to emergency calls both on
and off duty

Participate in station tours, fire safety
and EMS education classes, fire safety inspections and other duties as assigned



Promote knowledge of the basic operating principles of the fire and emergency medical service through day-to-day operations, hands on experience and actual classroom time

Assist the District with staffing, maintaining and operating various emergency apparatus

Promote the social, intellectual and physical welfare of members and create a family atmosphere with closer association among its members by mutual endeavor and cooperation

Provide experience, training and mentoring to assist resident with the skills and knowledge to obtain employment and succeed in a fire service career



Rent free dorm style room shared with 2 other residents with use of kitchen and laundry facilities, computer, fax, printers, cable TV, and fully equipped fitness facility

Hands-on training and emergency response experience that builds a skillful knowledge base that greatly enhances marketability for employment


An excellent career placement record (better than 90%) with agencies such as Salem, Tualatin Valley, Portland, Clackamas, Vancouver, Tacoma, Seattle, and PCFD itself


Take the Next Steps!


Download the Student Resident Program Brochure & Learn More about becoming a student resident
Adobe PDF format


Download the Employment Application
Adobe PDF format


Download the Background Check Form
Adobe PDF format


Deliver in person or mail both applications to:

Polk County Fire Dist. No.1
1800 Monmouth St.
Independence, OR 97351


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18 years by beginning of residency

High school diploma, G.E.D.
Or Certificate of Advanced Mastery

Possess/obtain and maintain a valid
driver’s license insurable by the
district’s insurance carrier


EMT Basic or higher

Firefighter I or higher

Pump Operator




If you are interested in joining the Student Resident Program,
or have further questions, please feel free to contact Chief Mayfield

Phone: 503.838.1510
Email: mayfield.mike@polk1.org


More Resources

Polk 1 Firefighters Association
International Association of Firefighters - Local 4196
Emergency Reporting - Members Only Login
Job Announcements for the Polk County Fire District
Common Voices - www.fireadvocates.org

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