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How to Become a Volunteer

Umatilla County Fire District #1 offers a volunteer program that welcomes those who are interested in helping to serve the community. We are a combination fire department with career and volunteer personnel working together to provide outstanding service to the citizens we protect in Hermiston, Stanfield, Echo and Umatilla. If you have a desire to become involved as a volunteer, applications are accepted anytime. From responding to calls to helping out in the community as a volunteer, you will become an important part of our response team here at UCFD #1.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, apply here.


  • Are you over the age of 18? (Or will you be by the time the academy starts?)
  • Do you have a valid Oregon Drivers License with a good driving record (Or can you obtain an Oregon License?)
  • Are you physically fit or willing to improve? Can you pass our physical agility test?
  • Do you have a HS Diploma, GED, or equivalent?
  • Are you able to become DPSST certified? 


  • Can respond to 10% of calls each year?
  • Are you interested in doing Inter-Facility Transports to hospitals in Tri-Cities, Portland, Boise, Ontario or Heppner?
  • Can you complete a minimum 60 hours of training each year? (We hold volunteer training night every Thursday at Station 23)
  • Can you attend special events or the occasional mandatory drill with advance notice?


We welcome those who are interested in providing medical care to fellow community members, even if they are unsure in their ability to become a certified firefighter.

– ​Our program allows people to immediately begin serving their community by running emergency medical calls after an academy that is run by Division Chief of Training & EMS Richard Cearns.

– We provide CPR/ First-Aid training, Emergency Medical Response training, and EMT training.

– The training provides a blended (on-line and hands-on) self-paced firefighter 1 training program that allows those interested to gain their NFPA firefighter 1 certificate (at a minimum) at their own pace.