Issaquah, Washington State


Eastside Fire and Rescue is currently looking for men and women who wish to become Volunteer Firefighters for their local communities.

The deadline is fast approaching, so get out there and start your livin’ your dream as a Volunteer Firefighter helping your Community today and helping Save Lives!

–>  Deadline is June 15, 2015 < —

Minimum Requirements

  • MUST be at least 18 years old
  • MUST have a Hight School Diploma or GED
  • MUST live within Fire District or 5 miles of Fire Stations
  • MUST speak, write and understand the English Language
  • MUST be a U.S. citizen or have the authority to work in the U.S.
  • MUST possess and maintain a Valid WA Driver’s License
  • MUST pass Agency pre-hire background, psychological eval, medical physical & drug screening.
Photo Credit: LR Swenson
Photo Credit: LR Swenson


Essential Job Functions:

1. Respond promptly, when available, to requests for service.

2. Provide medical assistance to sick and injured persons.

3. Assist in the transport of sick or injured persons.

4. Assist in the suppression of fires, hazardous materials mitigation, rescues, and other duties as assigned.

5. Drive and operate emergency vehicles according to specific position assignments, and according to policy.

6. Communicate effectively with and without radios.

7. Participate in assigned station activities.

8. Participate in regular and special drills and training.

9. Regular study of job training manuals, SOPs, and Agency literature.

10. Accept orders from command personnel and perform required tasks.

11. Maintain a high level of station and personal appearance.

12. Perform preventive maintenance as assigned.

13. Serve primarily in the first due area of assignment.

14. Accomplish quarterly Volunteer Skill Experience Training (VSET) requirements.



Eastside Fire and Rescue was formed in 1999, as an area fire resource when three Cities [Carnation, Issaquah and North Bend] and 2 Fire Protection Districts [#10 & #38] and #10] pooled their skills, knowledge, experience and resources creating one cost-effective Fire Agency.


Service Areas

EF&R’ s service area is a 191-square mile area with a population of 113,801 residents.

It’s District is in the Eastern portion of Washington State.  It has many borders.

  • Eastern:  Snoqualmie Pass.
  • Southern:  Kittitas County.
  • Western:  Duvall, Bellevue, Redmond.
  • Northern:  Duvall-King County Fire Protection #45.

Services and Key Supporters

The Fire Agency provides many services to its residents with some are more technical and require more training from Firefighters.

  • Fire [non-wildland fire] Suppression
  • EMS calls
  • Wildland fire suppression
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Water rescue
  • General SAR
  • Fire Safety / Fire Prevention
  • Medic unit [1] contracted with neighboring Bellevue Fire Department
  • NORCOM Dispatch Center
  • Contracted Mutual Aid with surrounding Fire Departments

Equipment Resources

According to EF&R’s website, they currently have in their fleet:

  • 17 Medical Aid units
  • 4 Command units
  • 5 Aerials
  • 5 Water Tenders
  • 1 Wildfire Truck [Owned by WA DNR]
  • 1 Air unit
  • 1 Mobile Ops Comm Van
  • 15 Fire Engines


Eastside Fire & Rescue’s Fire Chief Lee Soptich sums it up perfectly, “My career began after working in High School in a butcher’s shop.  I never expected where the Fire Service would take me. I’m hoping you will apply and discover a similar deep pride and satisfaction in serving your Community.” – Chief Soptich was a Volunteer Firefighter with Yakima County for 11 years.


Go to the Agency’s website at:

Download this Application:

Fill out Application, Sign and Print.

Mail Application “With” the following Document:

  1. Current Dept of Licensing Complete driving record [abstract] by going to the Washington State DMV website: Cost is $13.00.
  2. Without the Driving record info with your Application, it will be REJECTED.
  3. Mail Application and Driving record info to: Eastside Fire & Rescue, ATTN: Human Resources, 175 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027 by JUNE 15, 2015.

Timeline/Important Dates:

Application Period April 1st to June 15th
Super Saturday – Mandatory Attendance (Headquarters) July 11th
Background Checks (conducted by HR) July 13th – July 24th
Conditional Offers of Employment July 27th – July 31st
Psychological Evaluations (Headquarters) August 1st
Medical Physicals (conducted at HealthForce in Bellevue) August 3rd – August 21st
Academy Begins Early September
Every Friday Evening (Station 85 – Carnation) Begins week of September 7th
Every Saturday – Full Day (Station 85 – Carnation) Begins week of September 7th
Academy Graduation (Headquarters) Mid December
Station Assignment Specified Mid December

Good Luck!

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