Camano Island Fire and Rescue is proud of the men and women in the fire service. Many come to us as career firefighters, and others serve in the long tradition of volunteerism that is the foundation of fire departments across the country.
Our firefighters all go through extensive training in fire science, basic medical response, and special technical rescue, including rope rescue and marine rescue.
Being a firefighter is a big commitment. Camano Island Fire and Rescue’s Volunteer Recruits go through Firefighter Academy for five months, receiving 140 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction.
Every firefighter is valued, said Keith Pappas, CIFR Battalion Chief. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 26 years. Pappas has taken a lead role in building up the volunteer force.
Fire departments across the nation are historically dependent on the volunteer force, but volunteerism is rapidly dropping off. CIFR has a renewed focus on recruitment.
Applications are currently being accepted. To learn more, click here or call CIFR at (360) 387-1512.
Our part-time firefighters augment our 24-7 staffing. These firefighters are frequently beginning a career in the fire service and gain invaluable experience as part-time staff. Most of the functions that our firefighters complete are also served by part-time firefighters.
Our force of career firefighters and medics is a highly efficient crew, undergoing constant training. All of the District’s crew is trained in water rescue and boat operation. Special rescue techniques, such as rope rescue (the foundation of all technical rescue operations) are extensively used. Our team includes Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, and firefighting professionals.
Camano Island Fire and Rescue has been pleased to be a part of Stanwood High School’s cadet firefighter program.
The program is held jointly through the Stanwood-Camano School District and CIFR. Department firefighters also volunteer their time for the training, working closely with the students, many of whom go onto firefighting careers.