Volunteer Position Description


As a member of the Riverside Fire Authority (Authority), it is the responsibility of the Volunteer Firefighter to minimize losses associated with fire, to perform rescue operations, and to the extent trained to do so treat and stabilize victims of medical emergencies and to demonstrate compassion, concern, understanding and patience for all customers in every situation encountered.

Under the direction of an Officer, the Volunteer Firefighter may be assigned other duties to meet Authority needs, consistent with the member’s training, experience, skills and abilities. The Volunteer Firefighter may work as part of an on-duty crew, or as a come from home responder where crews are assembled at the time of the call.

This classification description reflects the general concept and intent of the classification and should not be construed as a detailed statement of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.


Essential Functions

The position’s primary duties are to function as a firefighter and EMS care provider. The position responds to fire and medical emergencies for the purpose of saving lives and protecting property. The position also supports a wide range of Authority programs, projects, and events.

The following are examples of the Firefighters duties and responsibilities.

This is not an all-inclusive list:

Responds to a variety of medical emergencies to provide treatment and care.

Responds to a wide variety of fire incidents such as brush fires, vehicle fires and structure fires; performs all necessary duties as a firefighter including, but not limited to, hose line operations, fire pump operation, search and rescue, operation of heavy equipment (including hydraulic rescue tools), functions with hand tools necessary in fire suppression including walking on pitched roofs and cutting holes in roofs and/or walls using power or hand tools, life safety activities, rescue operations including forcible entry, property conservation operations, cleanup projects, and all other activities as required.

Assists on incidents requiring special or technical operations, consistent with level of training and as determined by the Authority.

Maintains, checks, and tests motorized apparatus, equipment and facilities as assigned. Responsible for equipment and station checks following policies, procedures, guidelines, and safety rules as outlined in federal, state, and local regulations. Performs general maintenance work in cleaning, storing, and reloading equipment, apparatus, and supplies. Cleans and maintains emergency apparatus and equipment as well as assists in the maintenance of the fire station and fire station grounds as assigned.

May supervise other responders at scenes when directed to do so by the Officer in charge. May also assume the role of Incident Commander until higher-ranking emergency responder arrives on scene.

Conducts field investigations of outdoor burn complaints or potential fire hazards.

Assists with fire investigations when requested.

Prepares incident reports and related paperwork to document emergency responses.

Maintains discipline and adheres to all policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Completes projects, fire prevention activities, public education, and public service    assistance as assigned by an Officer.

Presents lectures, training curriculum, and participates in manipulative drills with other personnel.

Conducts inspections of commercial occupancies, participates in prefire planning and becomes familiar with the various floor plans, types of construction, and hazards.

Performs station maintenance, including laundry, floor maintenance, trash removal, kitchen upkeep, landscaping, and general housekeeping and building maintenance as assigned.

Participates in required training and continuing education classes to maintain certifications.

Serves as a mentor for other firefighters. This includes evaluating other firefighters on how they are performing, addressing questions, sharing experiences and coaching.


Familiarity with Authority principles, techniques, strategies, materials and equipment used in fire suppression, emergency medical response, rescues, fire investigations, prevention programs, and hazardous materials response.

Safety practices/precautions considered and implemented during routine duties and at the emergency scene.

Use of Authority records management system and general use of other associated computer programs.


Analyze emergency response and operations problems, develop sound alternatives, and make efficient recommendations and decisions under emergency circumstances.

Establish and maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports and other written materials.


Communicate and educate effectively both verbally and in writing with coworkers and the public.

Develop a team atmosphere and work environment that promotes success for individuals and the Authority.

Develop and maintain productive relationships with other service providers such as fire service entities, law enforcement, private ambulance companies, hospitals, and care facilities.

Maintain physical conditioning necessary to perform efficiently and effectively.

Follow verbal and written directives.

Greet and assist the public in a helpful and positive manner.


Sufficient training and experience which demonstrates the possession of the knowledge and abilities to perform the essential job functions.

Required Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Valid, unrestricted Washington State Drivers License and the ability to be insured by the Authority’s insurance provider. Acceptable criminal history background check.

Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States.

Must successfully complete Authority entry level physical ability test.

Other Requirements

Prior to receiving an offer of membership, a candidate must successfully complete a medical/physical examination provided by the Authority.

The volunteer firefighter must serve a one-year probationary period.


A person in this position must be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the ability to perform the essential job functions.

The Volunteer Firefighter is responsible for all firefighting and EMS duties as assigned. Duties do require contact with a wide variety of personalities both inside and outside the Authority. This position requires a high degree of independent decision making in emergency situations. Members may be exposed to all manner of environmental conditions including inclement weather, extreme temperatures, dust, noise, dim lighting, and all other conditions as present at emergency scenes.

In addition, this position requires the use of a wide variety of types of equipment, tools, and vehicles. Firefighters may be required to work long hours, for extended periods of time between meals and breaks in some emergency situations. This position must engage in strenuous activities with little or no advance notice during emergency incidents in adverse environments; work in intense life– threatening conditions; be exposed to hazardous materials, dangerous persons, and noise; running, walking, crawling, climbing, stooping, twisting, bending, lifting and sitting for long periods of time; work in an office environment with sustained posture in a seated position for prolonged periods of time.