No prior Fire or EMS experience is required, Colton Fire District will provide all required training.
Must be 18 years of age.
High School graduate or equivalent required.
Possess a valid Oregon driver’s license.
Pass a criminal background check, physical exam, and drug screening.
Obtain CPR/ AED certification within six (6) months of becoming a volunteer (District training provided)
Respond to alarms and work a member of a team on emergency scenes.
Participate in drills and attend classes to maintain pertinent skills
Participate in community public education and events as request by the FD
HOW WE VOLUNTEER
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Respond to 911 calls for injuries and illness.
Help out at events and respond to 911 calls and help with a variety of tasks.
Respond to 911 calls for fires, rescues, and all in between.
I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER - WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Volunteering is a strong commitment to the department helping protect our community and its residence. Colton is looking for motivated, dedicated, and professional people to help protect our community. If you’re looking to become a volunteer, you may contact us by phone or email and speak with one of our officers for additional information. You may also stop by to pick up an application at the front desk.
AS A VOLUNTEER, WHAT IS EXPECTED OUT OF ME?
Colton Volunteers are expected to respond to emergency and non-emergency alarms in the district, to demonstrate professionalism and competence as an emergency service responder. Volunteers will be held accountable to complete continuous training and participate in community events.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER?
Volunteering is a very rewarding way to serve your community and help those in need. Our dedication is our moral commitment to each other and community. Volunteering will get you the necessary training and experience to becoming an attractive candidate in the emergency services profession. Colton Fire members in good standing can also receive reimbursements to complete Emergency Medical Technician certification; as well reimbursements in other Fire and EMS training that will benefit the department and its personnel.
HOW DOES THE OUT OF DISTRICT PROGRAM WORK?
Volunteers that live out of district sign up and man the station at the convenience of their schedule. We have living quarters that includes a full kitchen, showers, bedrooms, Cable TV and broadband internet. We do ask that at a minimum that out of district volunteers dedicate at least 24 hours a month. Hours do not need to be consecutive.
WHAT IS THE GENERAL TIME COMMITMENT?
The truth is it varies a lot on how much you are willing to commit. Like most things volunteering is one of those things that the more you put in the more you get out of it.
We hold "Drills" (Training Meetings) weekly on Thursdays at 6:30pm that typically last about two hours. In addition we hold all sorts of optional trainings on Saturday Mornings.
When responding to a call they can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on the situation. We understand that between work and family that your free time is a precious gift.
Answers To Your Volunteer Questions
Our members learn the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to pursue careers with these great departments, agencies, and businesses. Colton Fire members and alumni work in all aspects of public safety. Below are just a few examples.
American Medical Response
Berkley County EMS
Cadwell County EMS
City of Salem Fire Department
Marion County Fire District
McMinnville Fire Department
Metro West Ambulance
Mid - Valley Ambulance
Molalla Fire District
Oregon Department of Forestry
Transportation Security Administration
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
Portland Fire and Rescue Bureau
Washington County Sheriff's Office