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All OHFD firefighters are paid for time spent training, responding to emergency incidents, and filling 12-hour night or day shifts. Firefighters who are not full-time/Career Firefighters are called Paid-On-Call Firefighters (POCFFs).
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Paid-On-Call Firefighters (POCFFs) and Career Firefighters work together to provide 24-hour emergency coverage to the Oak Harbor community.
POCFFs were once called "volunteer firefighters". They still volunteer their time to train, respond to emergency incidents, and work shifts; but they are paid for each hour of their time and are not assigned to a specific schedule.
POCFFs obtain the same training and certifications as career firefighters. Many enter fire service as POCFFs with the desire to become career firefighters. Because they determine their own level of participation and set their own schedules, many participate simply to serve their community and maintain employment outside of fire service.
POCFFs are a distinct class of individuals who are paid by the City of Oak Harbor on an on-call basis. They are not eligible for many City-provided benefits. Some benefits are available through the Washington State Board for Reserve Officers and Volunteer Firefighters.
The City of Oak Harbor is no longer hiring paid-on-call firefighters.
When there is a vacant Career Firefighter position, it is filled using an eligibility list created by National Testing Network, Inc. To complete an application and schedule testing, visit the National Testing Network website.
Yes, POCFFs are paid an hourly wage for time spent training, responding to emergency incidents and filling shifts at Station 81.
POCFFs serve in all positions up to Captain. How far you advance depends upon your initiative.
All uniforms and protective gear are provided by Oak Harbor Fire Department. Personnel are issued uniforms and equipment on the quartermaster system and are required to return issued items when they leave the department. Exiting personnel are held responsible for the replacement cost of items not returned.
Yes, the training and testing standards are developed to assure that personnel are well equipped to perform effectively in emergency situations. The standards do not vary for gender or for age.