Volunteer Firefighters

Join Our Team

The volunteer fire and emergency medical service is a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience conveniently condensed into one package.

Whether it is a fire, motor vehicle accident or medical emergency, district residents expect McKenzie Fire & Rescue’s help. Everyone in our community needs someone who cares and is willing to step up to help our citizens when they are in need. That someone can be you!

Today there are many demands on our time, and firefighting or emergency services do require specialized training. However, if you have a sense of civic pride, if you want to see immediate results of a job well done, if you have the heart and spirit to make your community a better place to live, then consider volunteering with McKenzie Fire & Rescue.

Volunteer Applicant Criteria

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License with a good driving record
  • Pass a background check
  • Attend a Recruit Academy to become trained in fire and EMS operations
  • After a successful completion of Recruit Academy a volunteer is required to keep a 75% training drill attendance.

Ready? Apply Now – Online application

Under 18? – Visit the Junior Volunteer page for more information.

For additional information Contact Training Officer Captain David Sherwood at (541)896-3311 or dsherwood@mckenziefire.com.

Training for a wide variety of situations

Firefighter Training

McKenzie Fire & Rescue believes that the training of its members is crucial to a successful fire service organization. The department strives to provide quality training to its members using a variety of methods.

Members are expected to give their full attention and energy to learning and improving their capabilities as firefighters and must attend 75% of the weekly departmental training drills. Members can attend drill each Wednesday morning from 1000 to 1200 hours or each Wednesday evening from 1900 to 2100 hours. The training focus can range from firefighting to EMS to hazardous materials to water rescue to public education. At times additional and/or specialized training is scheduled on weekends.

Periodically it is necessary to send members to other departments, out of town or to outside training facilities for training that they cannot get through the department. Members are encouraged to participate in these opportunities to expand their experience, education and skills.

Safety during training activities is of paramount importance. Instructors and trainees must pay strict attention and abide by all safety related rules and regulations. Since we play like we practice, reinforcing safe behaviors is part of any training session.

EMS Training

McKenzie Fire & Rescue follows Lane County Medical Control Board EMT Protocols when responding to a medical emergency alarm with the most senior EMT at the scene in charge of patient care.

An Oregon EMT certification is not a requirement to be a volunteer with McKenzie Fire & Rescue. Emergency Medical Services education, testing and registration are the responsibility of the individual volunteer. As most of our alarms are medical calls, all members participate in emergency medical care. EMS training is provided once monthly at the department’s regular scheduled training drills.

Specialty Trainings

Department staff occasionally train with multiple government agencies on the McKenzie River. Participating agencies all have an important role in the McKenzie Watershed Emergency Response System (MWERS).