What are the minimum qualifications to be a POC Firefighter?

Successful applicants to the POCFF program will possess the minimum qualifications listed below:

  • Live or work within a 5-mile radius of Station 81, 855 E Whidbey Avenue, Oak Harbor, WA
  • 18 years of age
  • United States citizen
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid Washington State Drivers License
  • Driving record acceptable to the City's insurance carrier
  • Ability to read, write and speak the English Language
  • Ability to meet training requirements (Monday nights or Tuesday mornings) upon appointment
  • Pass physical ability test, written test, interviews, medical examination, and pre-employment drug screen
  • Be of good moral character and temperament suitable for the fire service

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1. Are Paid-on-Call and Career Firefighter positions the same?
2. As a Paid-on-Call Firefighter (POCFF), will I receive payment for my time?
3. As a POCFF, are there opportunities for advancement?
4. As a POCFF, my uniforms and equipment will be provided free of charge, is this correct?
5. Do men and women have to meet the same requirements?
6. Does Oak Harbor Fire Department (OHFD) have volunteer firefighters?
7. How much physical strength is required?
8. If I have prior fire service experience, will it count toward meeting OHFD requirements?
9. What are the minimum qualifications to be a POC Firefighter?
10. What happens if I fail the POCFF physical or medical examination and who will pay for it?
11. What is the Oak Harbor Fire Academy?
12. When are Oak Harbor POC Firefighter applications taken?
13. Where do POC Firefighters serve?
14. Who provides insurance coverage for POCFFs?