Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to give back to your community?  Do you want to learn skills that will enhance your life and the world around you?  Bainbridge Island Fire Department is looking for committed and driven individuals to become volunteers to work alongside our career members on medical and fire calls.  In our department, there are no volunteer-only rigs or career-only rigs. We wear the same uniform, ride the same rigs and work the same calls. If you think you have what it takes, we look forward to hearing from you!

Application and Assessment Process

Applications are accepted year-round and should be returned to the Volunteer Program Coordinator. 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 the 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.

Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Training

Once accepted into the volunteer firefighter program, recruits will be enrolled in a 150hr Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course at the expense of the Department.  After successful completion of EMT training, recruits will continue their training on the island to run EMS calls and become familiar with the fire apparatus and equipment in preparation for the start of their FFI recruit academy.  Completion of recruit academy results in an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC ) FFI certification.

Volunteer Firefighter Expectations

In return for the Department's training and mentoring, first-year volunteers are expected to attend 100% of their EMT classes and fire training academy.  Volunteers in their first year are also expected to perform 48 hours of extended standby per month. 

For more information contact Battalion Chief Chris Schmit at: 

Download the application*

*Applications for the next group of recruits must be submitted by March 15, 2023.  Please send your completed application to BC Schmit at the above email address.