We are currently accepting applications for mature, responsible, mentally and physically capable, team oriented people who would like to volunteer to help us provide high quality emergency medical care, fire suppression and prevention to the residents and visitors to the communities we serve. We believe that everyone has a skill they can contribute and we have many different roles that you may be able to assist with;

Volunteer Firefighter
Special Task Group
Support Group


Volunteers are in integral part of the fire service all over the world. Even today, many departments are manned solely with volunteers; everyday citizens who have made the decision to make a difference in their communities by performing life and property saving duties.

Hoodland Fire District # 74 is a combination department, meaning that we are comprised of both career and volunteer staff who respond to fire and medical emergencies.

All volunteers receive a high level of training in not only fire fighting, but also in emergency medical care, driver awareness/apparatus operations, hazardous materials, procedures, radio communications and basic report writing.

"What does it take to become a Volunteer Firefighter?"

  • 18 years of age or older
  • National, state and local criminal background check/driving record review
  • Valid Oregon Drivers License
  • You must live in the Fire District or be employed by a business that is in the Fire District

"What will be required of me?"

  • Good physical condition
  • Attendance at weekly training- Drills are a vital part of your initial training and continuing skill maintenance. After your first year of recruit fire academy, regular members are required to make at least 50% of our drills. Our drills are, once a week, on Wednesday nights or Thursday mornings.
  • Response to 15% of your assigned stations alarms.
  • Professional appearance and a Positive Attitude!

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity to become a volunteer for the Hoodland Fire District, please stop in at our Welches Main Fire Station and pick up an application. We'd enjoy meeting you and answering any further questions you might have.


Some volunteers may have physical limitations or prefer not to participate in all aspects of volunteer firefighting or emergency medical services but still want to provide some service in their communities. The S.T.G. allows volunteers to either acquire training or to utilize skills they may already possess to specialize in specific area of interest such as medical only response, firefighter rehab, apparatus driver/pump operator, photographer, special rescue and other tasks.


The Support Group is made up of a devoted group of spouses, friends and community members who are dedicated to supporting the Fire District's personnel by planning and providing meals/hydration/and other support during larger calls such house fires, large or extreme weather related events, extended rescues, long duration activities and events. The Support Group also participates in community activities and fund raisers. Our Support Group does a phenominal job of keeping our community firefighters, fed, warm and dry so that they can respond to the next alarm in peak condition.


H.E.A.R.T. is a Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional fire agencies and emergency services. The H.E.A.R.T. program is an all-risk, all-hazard training program. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. Our 100-plus members are trained to support the Hoodland Fire District and other emergency-services providers by providing first aid, evacuations, traffic control, and search and rescue operations during large-scale events such as floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and wildfires.

H.E.A.R.T. members range from young (middle- and high-school students) to retired folks, and come from all walks of life and experience.

H.E.A.R.T. is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the H.E.A.R.T. program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the H.E.A.R.T. training, citizens learn to:

manage utilities and put out small fires,
treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock,
provide basic medical aid,
search for and rescue victims safely,
organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective,
and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

For more information, please contact Cris Crislip, H.E.A.R.T Coordinator.


Hoodland Fire District has an explorer program for youth 14-18 years of age. This program allows teens to train in firefighting and emergency medical skills and work side by side with firefirefighters in a limited capasity on actual alarms. Meetings and training are on Mondays at 7 pm. Recruitment for new explorers is in the fall at the start of the school year.

If you have questions or you'd like more information contact Battallion Chief Linn Norgard.

Hoodland Fire District #74 , 69634 E. Hwy 26, Welches, OR 97067, Office (503) 622-3256 (8am-5pm 7 days a week)
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