New applicants are interviewed by command staff. If they are accepted by staff, a background check is run to ensure you have a valid driver's license and no outstanding warrants.
A Fit for Duty form must be filled out and signed by a physician.
Applicants must attend a minimum of 80+ hours of basic firemanship and training. This is normally done 4-6 hours a week on Saturday morning. A new class starts each January.
Applicants must obtain a State of Kansas Firefighter I Certificate. Testing will be done at the end of the 80+ hours of firemanship and training.
New firefighters are probationary until they have met their minimum of 80+ hours basic/orientation training and obtained Firefighter I certification. You have one year to obtain the FF I certification.
Probationary firefighters must also be able to pass a physical agility test given after the 80+ hours of training. This test is required yearly of all firefighters who wear air packs and enter environments that are dangerous to life and health.
Volunteer firefighters are required to attend as many of the bi-monthly training meetings as possible, as well as perform a minimum of 12 hours per month of scheduled on duty time.
Most importantly, volunteer firefighters need to be able to answer calls when needed.