Have you ever considered a career in the fire service?
West Pierce Fire & Rescue has many different career paths, including administration, IT, fleet mechanic, facilities maintenance and firefighting. For more information and copies of each job description, please visit our employment page. For those interested in becoming a firefighter, there are various resources available and can be found below.
Resources how to physically and mentally prepare to become a firefighter:
Fire Rescue 1
National Volunteer Fire Council
National Volunteer Fire Council’s Volunteer Fire Service Culture
National firefighter testing websites:
Public Safety Testing
West Pierce Fire & Rescue does not have a volunteer firefighter program. However, there are various agencies within Pierce County that do have volunteer programs.
Volunteer opportunities in Pierce County:
Anderson Island Fire District 27
Ashford/Elbe Fire District 23
Browns Point Fire District 13
Buckley Fire Department
DuPont Fire Department
Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One
Graham Fire & Rescue
Key Peninsula Fire District 16
Orting Valley Fire & Rescue
Riverside Fire & Rescue
Ruston Fire Department
South Pierce Fire & Rescue
For those interested in the emergency medical side of firefighting, there are private ambulance companies that serve Pierce County regularly. They do not have volunteer programs.
Private ambulance companies in Pierce County:
There are various local training programs available around the fire service and emergency medicine.
Local training programs in Pierce County:
Bates Technical College has a Fire Science Program for those interested in the fire service. This includes courses in hazardous materials training, Emergency Medical Technician training, wildland firefighting, and a firefighter recruit academy.
Pierce College also provides EMS training and certifications and courses in Fire Command and Administration.
Tacoma Community College (TCC) provides career training in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic training.