Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69 relies on volunteers working side-by-side with career personnel in the daily performance of the Fire District’s mission. The Fire District has eight specialized programs to allow individuals the opportunity to volunteer and serve their community.
Resident Firefighter Program
Resident Volunteer Firefighters are members who perform suppression firefighting, emergency medical care, fire prevention duties, and other incident response services from our stations in the City of Estacada and George community. This program requires residency at one of two Fire Stations. We have three positions at our station in the community of George and two positions at our Main Station. Housing is provided at no cost in exchange for providing staffing by living at a fire station. Minimum requirements are NFPA Firefighter 1, Haz-Mat First Responder Operations, and Wildland Interface Firefighter Type II for our Main Station. Additional EMT-Basic or higher and NFPA Pumper Operator are desired for residency at our George Community Fire Station.
Fire Corps Program
Fire Corps volunteers provide support operations on emergency scenes by providing incident rehabilitation services. Additionally, they provide first aid, fire prevention services, public relations and other specialized emergency scene support functions. Our Fire Corps group responds to all working fires as well as other incidents. The time commitment is about 10-15 hours per month.
EMS Responder Program
EMS In District and Out of District volunteers are members who are physician assistants, registered nurses, EMTs or paramedics that desire to respond on only medical calls. Medical incidents make up about 70% of our calls for service. The time commitment for this position is about 36-40 hours each month.
Water Tender Operator Program
The Water Tender Operators provide a specialized service of responding and operating water tender apparatus. This program requires residency within the Fire District boundaries. These volunteers respond to all fires and incidents within and outside of the Fire District in areas where hydrants are not available. This specialized service category is for volunteers that do not desire to maintain the higher training, annual compliance, certification and medical requirements that is required of Volunteer Firefighters. The time commitment for this position is about 10-15 hours per month.
In District Firefighter Program
These volunteers perform suppression firefighting, emergency medical care, fire prevention duties, and other incident response services from our stations in the City of Estacada and George community. This program requires residency within the Fire District boundaries. This program requires approximately 200 hours of initial training over a six month period. The time commitment for this position is about 26-30 hours each month.
Out of District Firefighter Program
These volunteers perform suppression firefighting, emergency medical care, fire prevention duties, and other incident response services from our stations in the City of Estacada and George community. This program is for volunteers that live outside of the Fire District boundaries and requires approximately 200 hours of initial training over a six month period. The time commitment for this position is about 46-50 hours each month.
We believe that exploring is a first and crucial step in beginning the journey to becoming a firefighter. The Explorer program targets high school aged individuals (ages 14–18) who are interested in learning and exploring a fire service career. Fire and emergency services exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences including leadership opportunities and community service activities. The time commitment for this program is about 6–8 hours each month.
Chaplains help firefighters, their families, and the community in times of crisis and respond when called upon. They perform support operations by providing counseling, consultation, guidance, comfort assistance and critical incident stress management. The time commitment is about 12 hours per month.
Veteran to Firefighter Program
Veterans and Firefighters are extraordinary individuals who share common values and a common mission. At Estacada Rural Fire District we offer veterans the camaraderie, teamwork, sense of belonging and purpose that so many returning veterans say they miss about active duty. The fire service offers a step-down and reintegration process that few other opportunities can offer.You will be working with a combination of career and volunteer firefighters, EMT’s and support staff. In this new role, you will be interfacing with our community members at emergency scenes, community events, and fire prevention activities.We offer a supportive environment that gives the veteran an opportunity to continue their legacy of service. You will be surrounded by like-minded individuals, many of whom are also veterans, driven to serve their community in a new capacity. Similar to your time in military service, there are numerous formal and informal support networks in place such as:
- Employee Assistance Program
- Crew Debriefings
- Peer to Peer Support