Student Firefighter Program

Program Description

The Fire District 3 Student Firefighter Program is intended for individuals looking for a hands on experience while enrolled in school directed towards a career in the Fire or EMS service. The program is designed to reflect what the student will experience during their pursuit to become professional firefighters and EMT’s.  This is accomplished with assignment to 24 hour shifts with career companies, participating in District training, and periodic individual evaluations.

The program has been through many advancements to become what it is today. Over a decade ago it began as a “resident volunteer” position with no formal screening, randomized shift placement and schedule, and no tuition compensation.  We are now in our 10th year of a well-defined program complete with; a formal testing process, periodic evaluations, student textbook library, and coverage of course fees and tuition (see Tuition Costs).


The overarching purpose of the Student Firefighter Program is to actively support the District’s mission of protecting life and property through public education, prevention activities, and emergency response services. The goals of the District’s Student Firefighter Program are as follows:

         To instruct and train students in the principles of firefighting, fire prevention, public education, and emergency medical services.

         To provide the student with hands on experience with the day-to-day operations of the organization.

         To promote cooperation with Rogue Community College and strengthen the District’s community involvement.

         To prepare students for a career in fire and/or emergency medical services.

Tuition Costs

The District will pay the student firefighter’s tuition including registration fees for approved classes in the attainment of an AAS in Fire Science, AAS in Paramedicine, or Dual AAS degrees (Fire/Paramedic) through Rogue Community College. Specific classes offered by Chemeketa Community College may be approved towards the student’s Associates Degree attainment on a case-by-case basis by the Program Coordinator. Tuition assistance cannot exceed $5,250 per calendar year as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 15‐B on Educational Assistance.


The District participates in a joint recruitment process with Grants Pass Fire, Rogue River Fire, Illinois Valley, Fire Districts 4, 5, 9, and the RCC Firefighter I Academy. This process starts with an open application period in late Winter / early Spring.  Click on the link below and follow the directions.  Additional information may be found on the Rogue Community College website.  Department specific questions may be directed to Deputy Chief Mike Hussey 541-826-7100 or

Click here for application