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  Serve Your Community with Pride & Professionalism - To Answer the Call, To Accept the Challenge

Become a Volunteer Firefighter for Polk County Fire District No.1


District Demographics

  Polk County Fire District No.1 is recruiting for Volunteer Firefighters in your area to help provide emergency services to citizens. The Fire District provides emergency services to over 20,000 people to include the cities of Independence & Monmouth and the communities of Airlie, Buena Vista and Pedee. The Fire District relies primarily on volunteers willing to donate their time to help neighbors in a time of emergency.
  Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter

Minimum requirements for Volunteer Firefighters include completing a Fire District application, passing the application process, attending about 100 hours of training and be in a physical condition to perform assigned Volunteer Firefighting tasks.

Volunteer Firefighters will receive specialty training, including practical hands-on experience and classroom style lectures covering relevant topics.


Details about becoming a Volunteer Firefighter

A Brief History of Volunteer Firefighting

Benjamin Franklin established the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia in 1736 and it consisted of 230 volunteers

The first volunteer firefighter was Isaac Paschall of “The Union Fire” company

Famous Americans who served
as volunteer firefighters were:

George Washington      Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin         Samuel Adams
John Hancock             Paul Revere
Alexander Hamilton      John Jay
John Berry                 Aaron Burr
Benedict Arnold          James Buchanan
Millard Fillmore

In 1818, women began serving as firefighters. The first recorded female volunteer was Molly Williams, a black slave

Today, volunteers comprise 73% of firefighters in the United States


Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer Personnel shall be at least 18 years of age at time of entry, in good health, good physical condition and free of heart, lung or back disorders.

Volunteer Personnel should reside inside the Fire District and reside in the geographical area of their District station. Volunteer Personnel may live outside the District boundaries IF they work within the District and their employer notifies the District of their willingness to allow you to respond to emergency calls during working hours; OR the volunteer commits to working routine designated shifts at their assigned station.

Individual has not been convicted of a felony crime.

Successfully complete the firefighter recruit academy (volunteer firefighter position).

Attend at least 50% of regularly scheduled training drills held in a calendar quarter.

Respond to emergency calls and participate in District events whenever possible.


Take the Next Steps!


Download the Volunteer Information Brochure
Adobe PDF format


Download the Volunteer 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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If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Firefighter with Polk County Fire District No.1,
or have further questions, please feel free to give use a call at 503.838.1510 to find out
what one of the most exciting and respected volunteer professions has to offer you.


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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