South Whatcom Fire Authority Volunteer / Emergency Response

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SWFA recruits the best possible individuals to join our organization and accepts applications for non-trained firefighters twice a year for our firefighter academy and EMT class.

Our recruitment periods begin in March and September for the respective following Fall and Winter firefighter training academies. To become a member, each recruit must pass a cognitive exam, a physical assessment test and an oral board interview.

Successful applicants then must go through drug screening, criminal and driving background checks, and an occupational medical exam. The entire recruiting process takes about 70-90 days to complete.

If you have any further questions, please contact us: 360-676-8080 or info@swrfa.org

 

 

Our entry-level volunteer hiring process is currently OPEN.

Please see information below on becoming a volunteer firefighter with SWFA.

If you have a current EMT or structural firefighting certification and are interested in joining, please contact us at apply@swrfa.org to find out about lateral firefighter opportunities year-round.

2023-1 Volunteer Recruitment Timeline:

  • September 16, 2022 – Application period opens.
  • October 3, 2022 at 6:30 PM at Geneva Fire Station – Prospective Applicant Information Session.
  • October 14, 2022 at 4:00 PM – Application period closes.
  • October 21, 2022 – Written Test
  • October 31 – November 3, 2022 – Interviews (specific dates determined by number of interviews)
  • November 10, 2022 – Conditional offers of positions. Begin background checks and medical exam process.
  • December 2, 2022 – PAT and SWFA Mandatory Vaccine Policy Documents Required.
  • January 6, 2023 – Medical physical exams due.
  • January 13, 2023 – Gear Fitting and Orientation
  • January 24, 2023 – Estimated Fire Academy Start Date (Subject to Change)

*NOTE: SWFA HAS ADOPTED A “VACCINE MANDATE FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS” POLICY .  ALL VOLUNTEERS AND EMPLOYEES MUST COMPLY WITH THE POLICY AND SUPPLY REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POLICY BY THE REQUIRED DATE, ONCE OFFERED A POSITION AS A VOLUNTEER OR EMPLOYEE.  IF VACCINATION RECORDS CANNOT BE OBTAINED, SWFA MAY AUTHORIZE TITER TESTING (AS AVAILABLE) TO VERIFY IMMUNITY IN LIEU OF VACCINATION RECORDS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SWFA POLICY.

 

INFORMATION SESSION DETAILS

A general information session will be hosted on October 3, 2022 at our Geneva Fire Station, beginning at 6:30 PM.  This session will provide applicants, or those that want more information first, details about our volunteer program and the committments required if they move through the process.  Please feel free to take notes and bring your questions to the session.  We encourage all applicants to attend one of the information sessions.

Location:  Geneva Fire Station #21 – 4518 Cable St., Bellingham, WA 98229

Dates/Times:  October 3, 2022 at 6:30 PM

 

RIDE-ALONG PROGRAM

We encourage applicants to schedule a ride-along with us to get an inside look at day-to-day fire station life, and to provide an opportunity to ask questions of our members.

*All ride-along requestors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and must submit a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record with their ride-along request form.

To schedule a ride-along, visit our Ride Along Program page.

 


 

To submit an application:

  1. Download the Application form and fill out completely, including the Authorization for Release of Information.
  2. Send completed form to apply@swrfa.org.
    1. Applications may also be hand delivered to our administrative offices at 2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd, Bellingham, WA.  Applications are only accepted in-person Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

APPLICATIONS FOR ENTRY-LEVEL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER ARE DUE NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 14, 2022 AT 4:00 PM.

We will review your application and reach out via email with additional information on the next steps of the process.

If you have any further questions, please contact us: 360-676-8080 or info@swrfa.org

*Note: Dates in the information below are NOT accurate.  Use dates above, under the current recruitment timeline section.

Our Mission

Dedicated to maintaining a state of readiness to protect our communities through provision of effective and efficient fire and emergency life safety services.

Fire Authority Staff and Elected Board of Commissioners