Like many fire departments in the United States, the Poulsbo Fire Department has a long and proud history of volunteers serving our community.  While we now have a primarily career staff, this history continues in our volunteer program, made up of dedicated community servants.  If you're looking for a way to serve your community or prepare for a fulfilling career in the fire service, we have an ongoing need for volunteers in the following areas.

Our greatest need is for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), as approximately 65% of our responses deal with medical emergencies.  During most of these we provide Basic Life Support (BLS) assistance and transport to the hospital.


The path to becoming an EMT-B is as demanding

as any other college-level course.  This class is 120+ hours in length and spans a time period of 6 to 8 weeks.  Although most classes are held during evenings and weekends, some daytime classes may be available.  The course is both academic and hands-on, including classroom instruction, high fidelity simulation training, clinical hospital rotations, and EMS service internships.

When new EMT-B’s complete training and have been certified by Washington State, they provide patient care under the supervision of Department Paramedics and EMT's until approved to provide care independently.

Regular training is offered to all EMTs to provide a basis for recertification every three years.


Those applicants who wish to attend firefighter training must first complete a written exam and pass a rigorous physical agility test.

The Volunteer Firefighter academy spans 120+ hours of instruction, held on evenings and weekends, over a 6 to 8 week period.  The training includes the basics of structural firefighting and prepares you to safely operate in the firefighting environment.  The course is a combination of academics, hands-on, rescue exercises and live fire scenarios.

Upon completion of the Fire Academy, new firefighters will be closely mentored and supervised by their Station Officers.  This will ensure that members are fully capable and able to operate with their peers prior to their first fire response.

Volunteer firefighters may also elect to attend specialized training to become a nationally certified Wildland Firefighter.  In the past, our volunteers have responded statewide to fires in places such as Leavenworth, Wenatchee and Chelan.  Crewmembers are paid for their time by the requesting agency, the United States Forest Service, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), or by the Washington State Patrol as part of the State Mobilization Act.

The basic wildland firefighter course is held each spring and spans two weekends of academic instruction and practical hands-on training.  Each firefighter must pass the “Pack Test,” a flat walk of 3 miles in 45 minutes with a 45 pound pack.

Numerous support roles such as Water Tender Operators, Scene Support personnel, Public Education Specialist and Administrative Specialists are available for prospective members.



Benefits of volunteering include:

  • An opportunity to serve your community

  • An opportunity to gain valuable skills in:

    • Emergency Medicine

    • Firefighting

    • Emergency Preparedness

  • Life and health insurance while on-duty

  • Retirement through Washington State Volunteer Firefighter Board



  • Be at least 18 Years old

  • Read, speak and understand English to a sufficient level to meet operational requirements

  • High School Graduate or GED

  • Live within Poulsbo Fire District

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

  • Have a clean driving record

  • Have a clean police record

  • Pass a comprehensive background check

  • Pass a fire service medical exam

  • Able and willing to train on Tuesday nights

Interested? Please fill out our prospective volunteer info sheet
Website Cover Photo