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What it takes to become a Newport Fire Volunteer

If you are thinking about becoming a Newport Volunteer Firefighter we would like to say Congratulations! Firefighting is an exciting and rewarding job. Our volunteers and our career staff work side-by-side with each other. In order for you to get there, though, it is important that we let you know what to expect of us and what is involved for you.

Physical Examination – there will be a complete physical examination required and paid for by Newport Fire. The examination will be scheduled between you and Samaritan Occupational Medicine. This examination is required to keep your health risks at a minimum by testing and eliminating any risk factors there may be to you.

Training – we provide training for you at no cost. We have books and materials for your use to study and review. We have a fire fighting academy twice a year. The academy is for 12 weeks, twice a week. Each class is 2-3 hours long. Academy would be 60-80 hours to complete.

Drills – we provide classroom/ hands-on drill training every Wednesday night on different topics. These are 2-hour long classes and the instructors give you hands-on training. Drills are from 7-9 p.m. each week. We occasionally have Saturday trainings, as well, available.

In order to continue as an active volunteer you will be required to participate in drills or training classes 60 hours a year or approximately 2 hours a week, to maintain your accreditation once it is achieved. If you decide that firefighting is not for you and you would rather continue your training in a specialized field or support role, you can get the basic skills for many of these though Newport Fire. Also available is instruction in the basic skills for rope rescue, medical, extrication, haz mat, wildland firefighting and EMT at little or no cost to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Use the contact information above, or visit us at the Main Station at 245 NW 10th, Newport, OR 97365