Volunteer Opportunities

Application and Assessment Process

Applications are accepted year round and should be returned to the Volunteer Program Coordinator.  Applications must be submitted prior to May 1st to be considered for the next recruit class.  Applicants who are EMT or EMT/FFI certified may submit their application through October 1st.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed for the following recruit class.To be eligible to become a Recruit Volunteer Firefighter, an applicant must meet the following entry qualifications:

  • Be age 18 or older at time of application.
  • Have a  high school diploma (or equivalent) at time of application.
  • Have a valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Have a satisfactory background check (i.e., driving record and criminal history).

After the applications are reviewed for completeness, the applicant participates in a Department interview, a physical agility/fitness assessment (CPAT), a suitability profile assessment, and a complete medical examination.

Download the Volunteer Application packet.

Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Training

Once they are accepted into the volunteer firefighter program, recruits will be enrolled in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course at the expense of the Department.  This course begins in September and lasts approximately 10 weeks.  After the successful completion of EMT training, recruits will continue their training on Tuesday evenings to become familiar with the fire apparatus and equipment in preparation for the start of their FFI recruit academy, which begins in April.  This 11 week, 264-hour course takes place on weekends (6:00 P.M. Friday to 5:00 P.M Sunday) at the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend and culminates in an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC ) FFI certification.

Volunteer Firefighter Expectations

As probationary firefighters, new volunteers are encouraged to respond to incidents from any of the stations as part of the duty crew.  Once they have completed their probationary year, volunteer firefighters may also respond to emergency calls from home. On going training is part of a Volunteer firefighters commitment to the Department and the community we serve. Volunteers are required to attend weekly Department drills (Tuesday nights from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.) to maintain and improve their EMS and fire suppression skills.  To be considered an active volunteer firefighter, members must respond to at least two calls per week.  In addition, the active volunteer firefighter must adhere to all training standards as set forth by the Training Division.

Resident Program

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department Volunteer Resident Program is designed to provide mutual benefits to the Department and volunteer members.  The Department uses Volunteer Residents at the stations to provide additional response capabilities for fire and medical emergencies.  In return for this service, Volunteer Residents are provided with living accommodations and guaranteed shift assignments. Prospective Residents must be FFI and EMT certified and are subject to the same application and assessment process as other volunteers.  The Volunteer Resident's primary responsibility is to support Department operations, which includes responding to calls for service and participation in training activities and other duties as directed.  The underlying philosophy of the program is to provide all Volunteer Residents with the opportunity to serve the Bainbridge Island Fire Department and community, while furthering their personal or career development goals.