Volunteer with us!
We’re always looking for passionate, hardworking people who are interested in helping their community. Being a volunteer firefighter is hard work, but it’s incredibly rewarding.
Interested in volunteering but still have questions? Check our FAQ below for more details. If you can’t find an answer to your question here, please email, call, or fill out a contact form and we’ll get back to you.
We train every Monday night at 6:00pm and trainings end between 8:00 and 9:00. We’re happy for whatever time you can contribute, but ideally volunteers attend most Monday drills and are available to respond to a couple 911 calls a month. If you can respond more that’s great.
New volunteers usually attend Fire Academy or train as an EMT their first year, which involves training twice a week plus occasional Saturdays (in place of, not in addition to, regular training nights).
There are also optional classes offered for specific skills. These are often online, but can also include weekends at the state training facility or at other departments. It’s up to you how much you want to learn.
Not as much as you would think. While there’s an inherent element of risk when working with fire, we prioritize safety over all other goals and have years of training keeping everyone safe. And we won’t throw you to the wolves – until you’re fully trained, you’ll be under the supervision of someone who is experienced and certified.
If you look more like Danny DeVito than Channing Tatum, don’t worry. You have to be able to meet minimum physical requirements to join, but we have responders ranging from their 20s through their 70s who all contribute to the best of their abilities.
Each season has its challenges. Summertime is fire season, so we’d love to train you up as a wildland firefighter. In the winter we respond to more car wrecks and house fires, which may mean you concentrate on structural firefighter training.
And there are medical calls all year around. Whenever you’re available, we can find you a job.
Mosier Fire Department provides emergency medical services (EMS) when people call 911 since we can show up more quickly than an ambulance coming from Hood River or The Dalles.
If you’re interested in responding to medical calls you can take a couple months to get certified as an EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) or about six months to get certified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) through Columbia Gorge Community College. Both these certifications will give you the skills you need to help provide medical care.
We need smart, capable people behind the scenes to help with our budget and long-term planning. We’re run by a volunteer Board of Directors supported by volunteer committees. Contact us if you think this sounds like a fit for you.
If you want to be out in the field without fighting fire, you can drive a water tender so our firefighters have water when they’re away from hydrants, you can become an EMS-only volunteer, or you can be a Support volunteer and bring us burritos or coffee when we’re out on a fire all night.
We welcome volunteers of all gender identities or expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, national origins, and religions.
You have to be at least 18 years old to fight active fire or be a licensed EMT, but you can start training at 16.
We’ve had volunteers active with the department into their 70s. If you don’t want to knock down doors or dig fireline we still have a role for you. You can drive a water truck, be a medical-only volunteer, or be a support volunteer.
If you don’t feel up to volunteering in the field we’d love to have you as a member of the Budget Committee. Members of this and other board committees do the necessary behind-the-scenes work to make sure our finances are sound.
Other than the free t-shirt and all the Gatorade you can drink? How about becoming part of a wonderful community of terrific people who care about their neighbors? Our volunteers are a tight-knit group of caring, hard-working men and women – if you think this sounds like you, we’d love to have you join us.
Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll answer any other questions you might have. You can also arrange to sit in on one of our Monday night trainings to come check us out.
The first Monday night of every month (excluding major holidays) is an apparatus and equipment check night and it’s a great time to meet the volunteers, see the equipment, and ask questions or get feedback.