The overarching goal of the Volunteer/Student Department is to actively support the District’s mission of protecting life and property through public education, prevention activities, and emergency response services. The Volunteer/Student Department strives to attain this goal through the efforts of nearly twenty-five motivated and community-minded individuals. The Volunteer/Student Department plays a crucial role in delivering our services to all communities.
Prospective volunteers and students are recruited through various methods. After they complete the application and entry-level screening process, they are placed in a Firefighter-I Academy where they receive specialized training. Upon academy graduation, volunteers are assigned to either a career fire station or a volunteer station; the student firefighters are assigned to a career station where they reside, train, and respond to alarms with on-duty career firefighters.
Volunteers are neither paid nor receive benefits. Volunteers are recognized for their longevity through years of service awards and for special achievements at the District’s annual Awards Banquet. The District pays the student firefighter’s tuition in the attainment of an AAS in Fire Science, AAS Paramedicine, or a Dual AAS degree (Fire/Paramedic) through Rogue Community College (RCC). The District will pay up to $5,250 in tuition annually. Tuition is paid at the beginning of each term directly to RCC with verification of expenses and passing grades.
Please email Volunteer applications to VolunteerApplications@jcfd3.com