Volunteer Firefighters

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Coffey County Fire District #1's firefighting staff is comprised of approximately 150 professional volunteer firefighters in seven different station locations.  These men and women stand ready, to respond to fires and emergencies any time day or night. They are some of the most dedicated in the business.

Our volunteer firefighters' receive the following training: firefighting, hazardous materials, medical first response, incident command systems, special water rescue, and search and rescue.

There is always a place for men and women who want to serve the communities of Coffey County as a professional volunteer firefighter. CCFD#1's established policy provides for a fair and equal opportunity to all qualified persons. It is based on demonstrated merit and physical fitness that are fair and practical methods of selection.  Below are the procedures necessary to join:

Volunteer Firefighter Selection Criteria

  1. Submit an application to the Station Chief, as determined by the location of residence, for processing.
  2. The Station Chief is then required to interview the applicant to determine their abilities and aptitude.
  3. A basic assessment evaluation consisting of map reading and other general information will then be given. (A score of 70% or higher is required to continue on with the evaluation.)
  4. The physical agility assessment evaluations are the next step. This consists of a simulated rescue, hose drag/couple, ladder operations, joist walk and forcible entry. These evaluations are timed and scored on a pass/fail basis.

Volunteer Firefighter Selection Criteria Pre-Appointment Medical Evaluation

  1. The Coffey County Firefighters Relief Association requires that all new members comply with the insurance company's policy that requires a physical exam before providing them with life insurance coverage.
  2. In most cases, the Firefighter's Relief/insurance medical exam may be used for a certified medical evaluation. However, Coffey County Fire District #1 does reserve the right to request another medical exam be completed by the fire districts own physician. This ensures the evaluation meets the district's requirements.
  3. If a medical issue is found that would interfere with the ability to perform active duties, the medical certificate shall be deferred. This deferral shall not exceed 365 days from date of exam, or until the medical issue has been resolved. The candidate may then submit a written request for another review by the physician.
  4. If the candidate's medical requirements has not or can not be certified, they shall be deemed unable to perform essential duties and will not eligible for membership in the fire district.

Contact the Coffey County Fire District #1 Administrative Office if you are interested in becoming a part of our organization.