The Mt. Erie Volunteer Fire Department is always on the lookout for new members. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings to learn more about our department. To join the District, we will require one thing from you….TIME. Becoming a volunteer firefighter involves a serious commitment of your time. The Fire Chief will have you fill out an application, send you for a physical, and do a criminal background check, before you can be issued fire equipment or respond to alarms. If you have a history of speeding tickets, or other serious traffic infractions over the past ten years, or a felony conviction, you are not eligible to apply.

As a volunteer, you are required to attend at least 30% of drills and as many alarms as possible (minimum 20 annually). The District has training sessions every Monday night from 7 to 9 pm, with the exception of holidays. During this time we will cover many skills and new tactics in everything from medical training to firefighting. We will start by sending you to a “recruit school” run by the Skagit County Training Officer Association. This group is made of firefighters and officers from around the county (many from our District). This Academy will teach you all the basic skills needed to become a firefighter for our district. It takes place on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 6 pm to 10 pm, and all day on Saturdays, for just over 2 months. At the end of the academy you will have the opportunity to become internationally certified as a firefighter. After the academy we will teach you to fight wild land fires in an additional 32-hour course. Emergency Medical Technician training is also available for more advanced first aid skill training, but is not required. Whether you are a volunteer or professional firefighter, the dangers are the same. Firefighters can and do die in fires every year. We work on preventing this through a commitment of training for our members.

Below is the position description for a firefighter for the Mt Erie Fire Department. If you think this is something you want to do, then I look forward to meeting you, and having you join our dedicated group of firefighters. If you have any questions, please call me at (360) 299-1281.

Fire Chief Michael Noyes
Mt Erie Fire Department


This is an entry-level position in the district. The firefighter is responsible to all district officers and fellow firefighters for providing emergency services and fire suppression and prevention. This position requires the performance of hazardous tasks under extraordinary conditions, which may involve strenuous physical and mental stress.


  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Have no felony convictions.
  3. Must have a current valid Washington State Drivers License and insurance, (or equivalent if on military active duty).
  4. Pass a medical evaluation by a licensed Physician,
  5. Must be insurable, both medically and for driving purposes.
  6. Must read, write and speak the English language
  7. Live within 15 minutes of any District Fire Station
  8. Complete the Skagit County Recruit Academy and all adjunct courses within 1 year of acceptance of application (this may be waved by the Fire Chief upon proof of acceptable training or Firefighter 1 certification).


  1. Respond to and engage in the following activities: fire suppression, emergency
    medical services, fire prevention and education, hazardous materials handling, special
    rescues and other duties as assigned;
  2. Attend routine and special meetings, drills, and all required training.
  3. Receive instruction in fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services
    hazardous materials response, special rescue and emergency vehicle operation.
  4. Possess a working knowledge of the operation of all department equipment and
  5. Perform preventative and routine maintenance of District equipment, facilities and
    hydrants, as required
  6. Maintain a 10% attendance record to all dispatched emergencies and maintain a 30%
    attendance of all non-required training sessions.
  7. Maintain a 100% attendance of all required training sessions
  8. Portray a positive image of the District at all times.
  9. Arrive at emergencies and training sessions physically capable of performing all
    assigned duties.
  10. Follow the directions and orders of officers and personnel in charge.
  11. Perform other tasks as assigned.
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