Eastside Fire & Rescue extends application deadline for volunteer firefighters

January 4, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 4, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue needs volunteer firefighters to serve rural communities in rural King County, including Lake Joy, Maple Hills, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Wilderness Rim.

The agency needs energetic, community-minded men and women to assist in delivering emergency firefighting and medical services. Officials extended the application deadline to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

EFR provides emergency services to about 119,000 residents spread across 190 square miles, from Issaquah to North Bend and from Carnation to Maple Valley.

Firefighters work from 15 stations — including 10 staffed by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders. Volunteers carry pagers and respond if emergencies occur in their neighborhoods.

The minimum age to apply to serve as a volunteer firefighter is 18. Applicants must have good driving records and must live within five miles of the closest response station.

The process includes a written exam, tests for physical ability, a psychological evaluation and the applicant’s interview. The agency provides a medical physical exam and all required clothing for volunteers.

Complete the application at the agency website, www.eastsidefire-rescue.org. Or, pick up applications between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the agency’s headquarters station, 175 Newport Way N.W.

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