Serving the cities of Yelm, Rainier, and surrounding unincorporated areas.
(360) 458-2799

Volunteer Firefighter & EMT

SETFA Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer of S.E. Thurston Fire Authority.

As a member, you have an opportunity to join a valuable, community based team assuming a role which meets your available time, skills and interests. This department offers you the opportunity to select those functions/positions you wish to participate in. Training and orientation will be provided for all positions at department expense. You will also be provided personal protective equipment required of your position, a department uniform, and a pager.

volunteer-smallObviously our greatest need is for active fully functional responders (Firefighter / EMT). These positions also involve the greatest commitment of time for initial training, ongoing training, and response activities. You may at any time choose to participate in additional training programs to change your role in the department. In exchange for volunteer time and effort, the department provides disability insurance and will pay all of the fees for active members wishing to participate in the Board of Volunteer Firefighters Pension Plan. The department also provides medical coverage for injuries or illnesses incurred as a result of your volunteer position. Career members receive wages and benefits as outlined in the union contract. Most importantly, as a member you have the opportunity to become a vital contributor within our community.

You have taken the first step in becoming a member of a well-respected organization and personal rewards that are unending. Thank you again for your time and interest.

To inquire about the volunteer process please call (360) 458-2799. If there is no answer please leave a message.

SETFA has several opportunities for members of the community to volunteer with the fire authority including the following:

  • Volunteer Fire Fighter/EMT

General Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old
  • High School Diploma
    (or equivalent of)
  • Good driving record
  • Full police background check
  • Must pass a written, physical agility, and medical evaluation by the doctor.

Time Commitment & Training Requirements Q & A

– Volunteer Firefighters –

Question: How many hours of training time does it take for a volunteer to be a firefighter?
Answer: Three Months (about 400 hours)

Question: After they’re trained, how many hours of volunteer time does a volunteer have to put in every month?
Answer: Minimum of 48 hours per month

Question: What is the cost to train a volunteer firefighter?
Answer: $1,000 for recruits school & $2,600 equipment (paid by the fire department).

– Volunteer EMTs –

Question: How many hours of training time does it take for a volunteer to be an EMT?
Answer: Three Months (about 400 hours)

Question: After they’re trained, how many hours of volunteer time does a volunteer EMT have to put in every month?
Answer: Minimum of 48 hours per month

Question: What is the cost to train a volunteer EMT?
Answer: Around $1,800 – $2,000 per volunteer (paid for by Medic One tax dollars).

State of Washington Board for Volunteer Firefighters and Reserve Officers

Click here for volunteer pension information: State Board For Volunteer Firefighters And Reserve Officers

Contact Info:
State of Washington Board for Volunteer Firefighters and Reserve Officers
PO Box 114
Olympia, WA 98507

Phone: 360-753-7318
Toll Free: 877-753-7318
Fax: 360-586-1987