“The resident firefighter program with Douglas County Fire District #2 has really helped me in my career in becoming a full time firefighter. I have been given all the resources I need to build my future within the department.
I feel like I am part of a bigger family with support from my fellow fire fighters and staff members. I would highly recommend anyone that is interested in a career in fire fighting to check out this program and apply.”
- Chandler Van Amen, Resident Firefighter
“Being a resident Firefighter with Douglas County Fire District #2 has been a very beneficial experience for my career goals. Fire District #2 has provided me with the opportunity to attend the Washington State Patrol Fire Academy, just outside North Bend. During my time at the academy, I was able to make lifelong friends with fellow recruits and state instructors. I was also able to build a foundation of skills that I will continue to use for the rest of my professional career.
After graduating from the academy I was placed on shift to work alongside the professional career firefighters and serve the citizens of Fire District #2. Over the course of the last year at District #2, I’ve able to obtain both my National and State EMT certification. I would highly recommend the Resident Program to anyone who has interest in the Fire Service. Being able to attend the State Academy and being held to a high standard of expectations, is a great experience.”
- Cole Clark, Resident Firefighter
This program is an excellent starting place for anyone interested in a full time career in the fire service.
NWCG Wildland Firefighter II
Residential Housing and a stipend-based Shift Schedule working with Career Staff
National EMT Certification
A position at the Washington State Fire Training Academy and the opportunity to complete IFSAC Firefighter I & II, HAZMAT Awarness & Operations (The academy begins in August)
Associates of Technical Science Degree in Firefighting at a local Community CollegeAcademy and the opportunity to complete IFSAC Firefighter
Today’s Resident Firefighter lives at the fire station and are enrolled in our Fire Science Degree Program. Residents are with the district for two years while attending school and receiving training and valuable experience. The Resident Firefighter must be 18 years of age, must maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License, and be insurable by the Fire District’s insurance carrier. The Fire District provides all of the safety gear as well as work uniforms. When the Resident is on shift, they perform all of the same duties as the career firefighters. They are required to respond to incidents, perform routine truck and equipment checks, assist with fire prevention and education programs, station maintenance, etc… A Resident is assigned to a shift and will work as part of the on-duty crew on 24 hour shifts except while in class as part of the Fire Science Program.
At the end of the Fire Science Program, Residents will have an AAS Fire Science Degree, two years of on the job training and the following certifications:
- IFSAC Firefighter 1
- IFSAC Firefighter 2
- IFSAC Hazmat Operations
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- NWCG Wildland Firefighter 2
- ITAC Basic and Advanced (fire tactics)