KLEW reporter Carol Zinke suits up for firefighter's day of work

CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston Fire Department is looking for volunteer fire fighters, but the deadline to apply is fast-approaching.

Reporter Carol Zinke got the chance to experience first hand some of what volunteers will be trained on.

There's a lot more to being a firefighter than you might realize. Fire leaders had me suit up in all of the firefighters gear and put me through the paces. Volunteer firefighters will go through a three month recruit program, after that they'll join members of the fire department every Tuesday evening through the year for additional training. Once initial training is complete volunteers will start responding to fire and EMS calls. Jared Lutes is a full-time firefighter.

"We'll go through a big section of hands-on training and get volunteers up to speed and ready to go fight fires and provide EMS service," said Lutes.

Reserve firefighter Chase Spencer said they expect a lot from their volunteers and everyone has to be dependable.

"If we get a big structure fire call we depend on a lot of volunteers to come in and help us take the second engine and other apparatus to the fire," said Spencer.

Chase Spencer started off as a volunteer for the department and now he's a reserve. He said that once they threw him into a suit, he's been in love with the job ever since. He said this is a position designed for people looking to give back to their community.

"It has a great feeling of giving back to your community," said Spencer. "Whether you're just running down the street to help someone who fell and can't get up, or putting out a fire or even responding to a serious medical."

Testing for volunteers includes an interview, physical agility test, background check and a medical examination. Applications are due by Friday the 30th and the test date is slated for May 31st. You can register to volunteer at the fire department in Clarkston during their normal business hours.