Duvall Fire looking for local residents who want to make a difference in their community

  • Written by Valley View Staff

A group of volunteer responders completing “swiftwater first responder operations” training in the North Fork of the Skykomish River at Index. Courtesy photo
Duvall King County Fire District 45 is looking for qualified candidates for the 2013 recruit class.

Volunteer responders work shifts and respond to emergencies alongside the full-time firefighters, providing life-saving services to the community.  In addition, volunteer responders gain valuable skills and experience, gain confidence in their own abilities, and make many friends in our fire department family.

There will be information nights on Monday, December 17th and Tuesday, January 15th at 7 p.m. at the Duvall Fire headquarters (at 15600 First Ave NE) to provide information and answer questions. RSVPs are encouraged. Call (425) 788-1625.

The district is currently recruiting applicants who live within the Duvall Fire boundaries. Candidates must be at least 18 by the March 29, 2013 application deadline, have an insurable driving record, pass a background check, and pass the following tests: physical capability test, a written test (for assessing reading comprehension), medical exam and psychological evaluation.

Duvall Fire serves the City of Duvall and surrounding areas of unincorporated King County. The department responds to fires, aid calls, and service calls and relies on a well-trained team of volunteer and career responders.  Volunteers sign up for day shifts or night shifts, any day of the week.

Duvall Fire provides EMT and Firefighter I training to qualified candidates, and provides all the necessary equipment.  There is no cost to the volunteer to participate in this program.

Becoming a volunteer firefighter is a multi-year commitment. But the rewards and satisfaction are tremendous.  All Duvall Fire volunteers begin with EMS training. Once a volunteer is proficient as an EMS responder, he or she may go on to complete basic firefighter training.  Other opportunities include earning Rescue Boat and Wildland Firefighter certifications.  For additional information, call Battalion Chief Greg Bawden at (425) 788-1625.

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