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Why should I Become a Volunteer Firefighter?

Our volunteers serve for a variety of different reasons. Many simply enjoy the opportunity to be there for their neighbors in their time of need. Others aim to one day become a career firefighter and are volunteering to gain experience. However, what all of them have in common is that they want to help people in their time of need and give back to their community by protecting lives and property. 

 What does it cost? Do I need to live in District?

The Santa Clara Fire District provides all training and materials necessary to serve as a volunteer firefighter free of charge. All we ask of you is your time. SCFD also offers tuition assistance for volunteers that are seeking EMS certifications, such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at Lane Community College.We have both out-of-district and respond from home volunteer programs; volunteers are not required to live within our boundaries.
How much time do I have to commit to?

Your required time commitment differs, depending on whether you are in-district or out-of-district. Both types of volunteers are required to complete an intensive fire academy, and continue to hone their skills by attending 33 3-hour drills per year. Out-of-district volunteers are required to complete a shift at the station every 6 days. Shifts are 24 hours long on weekends and 8PM - 8AM on weeknights. 

What are the job duties?

Santa Clara Fire District volunteers respond to the exact same emergencies as career staff, which includes emergency medical calls, motor vehicle accidents, and of course structural, vehicle, and wildland fires. If human life or property is threatened within our district, then our volunteers are responding to it.

Our belief is that volunteers can and should provide a professional level of service, despite not being paid for it. As a result, we train our responders to professional standards, and they earn state certifications for their hard work and training.  

What if I want a career in Fire/EMS?

If your goal is to become a career Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic, Santa Clara Fire District's out-of-district program is a great option for you. SCFD boasts one of the highest call volumes for a volunteer-based station in the county, as well as co-ownership over a fire training drill field.  You can get the experience of working shifts like career personnel in Fire/EMS, respond to a relatively high number of calls, and earn professional certifications like Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Driver, Pumper Operator, Fire Instructor I, Fire Instructor II, and Fire Officer I. 
 What if I want some additional information?

Contact Captain Ryan Rush, the SCFD Recruitment and Retention Officer. Captain Rush can be reached by email at rrush@santaclarafire.net, or by phone at Santa Clara Fire District Station #1, (541) 688 3697.

We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to having you on our team!
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