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Employment Information

Lewis County Fire District 5 is a combination fire district. This means that career and volunteer staff work as a team on stations duties, during training, and on emergency scenes. Whether career or volunteer, all response employees are required to meet or exceed the standards for the job. To ensure this requirement is met, training is essential. Among other skill building activities, all new firefighters will be expected to attend two primary courses after their selection: IFSAC FF1 Firefighter Recruit Academy and a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class. Successful completion of these courses builds personal and professional skills that will help ensure your success in the fire service. These courses are offered in the first year of being a new firefighter and allow you to begin performing in a limited capacity on emergency scenes. Once you have completed your first year, you will be given more responsibilities as you progress through your volunteer or paid career as a firefighter. To achieve these goals, mandantory and routine training throughout your career will ensure your continued success and growth in the fire service.

Volunteering

At Lewis County Fire District 5, volunteer staff is only limited by their training. Though all volunteers must meet minimum standards, the only limit placed on volunteers are those they place on their self. Though not required, you may even choose to become a wildland firefighter. The District takes part in Washington State mobilization requests for wildland firefighters during large state fires. When these requests are made, trainined wildland firefighters may be asked by the Department if they are able to assist. Firefighters are compensated for their time during these mobilizations that may last anywhere from a few days to multiple weeks.

Career & Temporary Employment

Lewis County Fire Protection District 5 has an Operations Chief, a dedicated Training Officer, and a Medical Service Officer.  Ensuring proper training occurs for staff is crucial in providing the best service possible within the community.  Recruit volunteers must complete a minimum Firefighter 1 course.   Emergency Medical Technicians must successfully complete a college course requiring over 160 student hours and pass the national registry test to obtain certification. Each year, both disciplines require on-going and updated training.  Regular training evolutions are scheduled for Monday evenings weekly. Additional specialized training often occurs addtional nights and weekends.  Many District 5 Firefighters also maintain Wildland Firefighting certification, allowing for deployment throughout the Northwest during wildfire season.

Training & Certification