Currently recruiting for the following positions:

Volunteer Firefighter/EMT:
We are seeking volunteers with and without prior firefighting experience. EMT not required upon hire but preference will be given.

OUR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS are a crucial part of our daily operations. Within our department, volunteers are required to attend 80% of quarterly training opportunities, work four 12-hour shifts per month, and provide back up staffing during general alarms. We also require that our volunteers obtain their IFSAC Firefighter 1 certification (at a minimum) as well as their Washington State EMT-B certification. Riverside Fire & Rescue offers recruitment opportunities for those volunteers who wish to serve their community as a trained First Responder. We recruit new volunteers 2-3 times per year (depending on availability).

Minimum Volunteer Firefighter Requirements:

  • 18 years of age at time of appointment
  • High School Diploma (with your application)
  • Washington State DOL Driver’s License (with your application)
  • Washington State DOL Driver’s Abstract with no disqualifying activities (with your application)
  • Ability to complete a medical exam (upon hire)
  • Ability to complete physical activity exam (with your application)
  • Ability to complete a criminal background check with no disqualifying activities (Upon Hire)

Testing Process:

Step1: Submit Completed Application with the following SIX documentation:

Complete applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be called in for the following:

  • Written Exam
    • 100 general knowledge questions in the area of reading, math and mechanical aptitude with a few basic fire and ems related questions.
  • Oral Board
    • A formal interview with individual applicants sitting on a board made up of three different ranking members from Firefighter to Battalion Chief.
  • Chiefs Interview – Must pass written test and oral board.
    • Upon successful completion of written test and oral board, applicant will sit down with a Chief for a less formal interview.

Applicants who complete and pass all of the above will be given a conditional offer pending a criminal background check and medical evaluation. Riverside will cover these costs.

Volunteer Application

Job Description and Application Checklist

Department Application

Self Evaluation

Background Standards

Background Check Authorization Form

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer with Riverside Fire & Rescue, or to submit completed application packet online email Battalion Chief Kira Thirkield.

Riverside’s volunteer program is an excellent training and service opportunity for those interested in a career in the Fire Service.

Think you have what it takes? Check out a prior Fire Academy!