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Columbia River fire & Rescue is a combination system.  This means we have both volunteer and career personnel providing fire and rescue services for the Citizens of our Fire District.  Columbia River Fire & Rescue provides services to over 27,000 citizens in 185 square miles.  Seven fire stations are strategically located throughout the combined District.  An Administration Office, Joint Maintenance Facility and the Lee Broadbent Training Center are also located within the District.

Columbia River Fire & Rescue needs more volunteer firefighters to help protect our homes, neighborhoods, and communities.  As a volunteer firefighter, you'll learn invaluable skills while serving your community and making a positive impact on those around you.

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The minimum requirements for becoming a

Columbia River Fire & Rescue Volunteer are:

  • You must be a resident of the District or the CRF&R Ambulance Service Area or volunteer in one of our out of District positions
  • You must be at least 18 years of age (child labor law for hazardous occupations)
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED
  • You must possess (or maintain) a valid Oregon Driver's License or have ability to obtain within 6 months
  • ​You must be able to meet the District's physical ability requirements
  • You must be able to successfully complete a background check (criminal history, driving record, and homeland security watch lists)
  • ​You must be able to pass a medical/physical as well as a drug test
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We appreciate and honor our volunteers every chance we get.  Columbia River Fire & Rescue provides our volunteers with:

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Workers Compensation Coverage
  • Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP)
  • Fitness Reimbursement Program
  • ​Training Opportunities (DPSST, National Fire Academy, etc.)
  • Other fun and rewarding recognition events

​If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information, please fill out the contact for below or call Jennifer Motherway at (503) 396-1841.  We are always accepting applications for volunteers - however for the upcoming academy the deadline is October 31, 2019. 

Download a Volunteer Application


Firemen at a training session