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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. It is important that you know what to expect of us and what is involved for you.

Physical Examination – A complete physical examination is required and paid for by Newport Fire. The examination will be scheduled between you and Samaritan Occupational Medicine. This exam 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 to you at no cost. We have books and materials for your use for study and review. We host a fire fighting academy twice annually. The academy is for 12 weeks, twice a week. Each class is 2-3 hours long. Academy typically takes 60-80 hours to complete.

Drills – We provide classroom and hands-on drill training every Monday night. Each drill is on a different topic. 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 available as well.

In order to continue as an active volunteer you will be required to participate in drills and/or training classes for a minimum of 60 hours annually (approximately 2 hours a week). 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 those basic skills though Newport Fire as well. Also available is instruction on 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