Fire science and residency
The Resident Firefighter Program started in the early 70’s. Resident Firefighters were called sleepers then; young men and women attending school pulled shifts at the fire station in exchange for a room at no charge. If there was a call, they would go along and provide extra staffing. Training was limited for the sleeper, as they were usually only there for short periods of time.
Today’s Resident Firefighter Program has developed into a whole new program to help provide 24-hour service to the citizens of Chelan County Fire District 1. Today’s Resident Firefighter lives at the fire station and is enrolled in the Fire Science Degree Program. Residents are with the district for two years while attending school and receiving training and valuable experience. The Resident Firefighter must be 18 years of age, must maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License, and be insurable by the Fire District’s insurance carrier. The Fire District provides all of the safety gear as well as work uniforms. When the Resident is on shift, they perform all of the same duties as the career firefighters. They are required to respond to incidents, perform routine truck and equipment checks, assist with fire prevention and education programs, station maintenance, etc. A Resident is assigned to a shift and will work as part of the on-duty crew on 24 hour shifts except while in class as part of the Fire Science Program.
At the end of the Fire Science Program, Residents will have an AAS Fire Science Degree, two years of on the job training and the following certifications:
IFSAC Firefighter 1
IFSAC Firefighter 2
IFSAC Hazmat Operations
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
NWCG Wildland Firefighter 2
ITAC Basic and Advanced (fire tactics)
This program is an excellent starting place for anyone interested in a full time career in the fire service. In fact, Chelan County Fire District 1 has had a large number of its Resident Firefighters hired throughout the State.
Watch the video created by CCFD1 Resident Firefighters after Recruit Academy 2016-01 using this link: