Columbus Fire Rescue thrives through the dedication of skilled volunteers, staff members, resident firefighter/EMT’s and an excellent cadre of officers to lead the department. We are always looking for new members who want to serve their community as a FIREFIGHTER, EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or SUPPORT volunteer.
Who Can Apply?
- Applicants for the position of volunteer firefighter or EMT must be 18 years or older and should be in good physical and mental health.
- The applicant must possess a current Montana driver’s license, have a good driving record, and may not have a criminal record.
How Do I Apply?
- Complete a Columbus Fire Rescue Volunteer Application
- Complete at interview conducted by a panel of current fire fighters.
- Complete a background check.
**Failure to provide adequate information will be just cause for rejecting your application for membership. Please provide all information as requested on the application form.
How Will I Be Trained?
As a recruit firefighter, you will undergo training that will provide you with the basic skills of firefighting. This training will be a mixture of lecture, practical instruction, hands on skills and self-study regarding:
- Introduction to the Fire Service and Firefighter Safety
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and Ventilation
- Ladders, Fire Hose, and Water Supply
- Fire Behavior
- Incident Command
- Forcible Entry
- Rescue Practices
- Fire Streams and Wild Land Fire Suppression
Upon successful completion of your recruit training, you will begin your period as a probationary firefighter to further provide you with the necessary training and skills to become a veteran firefighter of this organization. Your service as a volunteer firefighter begins your continuing education to stay abreast of training skills and firefighting techniques, latest equipment and emergency procedures relating to fire and emergency services. You will continue to receive your training on a regular basis through the department and/or state training classes provided.
As a recruit EMS volunteer, you will undergo training that will provide you with the basic skills of EMS work. This training will be a mixture of lecture, practical instruction, hands on skills and self-study including the following recommended topics:
- Introduction to the Emergency Medical Service
- Tools and equipment on the ambulances and quick response vehicles
- Lifting and moving of patients
- Pre-call preparation and post-call documentation and clean up
- Incident Command System and radio communications.
You will be offered the opportunity to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician with the National Registry of EMT’s and the State of Montana.
Upon successful completion of your recruit training, you will begin your period as a probationary EMS volunteer to further provide you with the necessary training and skills to become a veteran EMS volunteer. Your service as an EMS volunteer begins your continuing education to stay abreast of training skills and EMS techniques, latest equipment and emergency procedures relating to emergency services. You will continue to receive your training on a regular basis by attending the department training classes offered at various times throughout each month.
A Resident FF/EMT is an individual who lives in the fire station, works assigned shifts , responds to emergencies, and has assigned duties around the two fire stations in the district. Residents have the ability to gain certifications in structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, EMS and technical rescue at no cost. Residents are part of the emergency response system in the response area for two primary purposes, first to ensure rapid response of apparatus to the scene of an emergency, secondly to provide minimum guaranteed response of personnel. The resident program is designed to help the individual gain experience in the fire/ems field but most importantly real life experience while attending college courses. Most resident firefighter/emt’s are attending college for a Fire Science Degree and/or Paramedic Degree and are looking to gain a career in the fire or ems field.
Support Volunteer Position
Do you want to serve the community, but do not wish to be an EMT or perform firefighting duties?
We have a place for you! In addition to emergency medical technicians and firefighters, Columbus Fire Rescue relies upon support personnel for assorted duties, including but not limited to:
· Assisting command staff in the command post
· Shuttling equipment and personnel during incidents
· Assisting with rehab of firefighters during incidents
· Answering telephones and assisting in the station during large incidents
Emergency service experience is not required, and training is minimal, making these positions ideal for those who are unable to fulfill the duties of a firefighter or EMT.
For an application, click here. If you still have questions, please stop by the station or give us a call.
Thank you for your interest!