Volunteering for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue isn’t just limited to firefighting, there are a number of exciting and very rewarding opportunities. Our Administrative Volunteer Program has positions available for those people who would like to volunteer for the District but don’t want the rigorous and physical demands of firefighting. See below to find out more information on our volunteer options. If you have additional questions, please call 360-895-6515.

Tender Operator

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Tender Operator program is ideal for men and women who would like to volunteer for the fire department but don’t want to go through the extensive training that is required for firefighting. Since South Kitsap Fire and Rescue covers a large rural area, we often respond to structure fires is areas that don’t have hydrants for a water source. Our Tender Operators play a critical role by driving our water tenders to these fire scenes and supplying fire suppression crews with water.

Air Support

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s Air Support program is ideal for men and women who would like to volunteer for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue but don’t want to go through the extensive training that is required for firefighting. The Air Support unit is staffed exclusively by volunteer crews. This unit responds to major incidents that require replenishment of bottled air supplies. The vehicle, housed at Station 8, houses a large air compressor. Crews are toned on all residential and commercial structure fires, and canceled by the incident commander if not needed. This unit also doubles as a rehab unit, providing crews with beverages and energy bars.

Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer firefighters fill an essential role by supporting the District’s career firefighters in all aspects of fire suppression and prevention. Volunteering as a firefighter requires both physical and mental stamina. One must be physically able to handle the vigorous training as well as the physical tasks associated with the job. Firefighters must also endure a wide variety of mental and emotional challenges. Unfortunately, when dealing with fires, sickness, and accidents, volunteers must learn to cope with the injured patients and even death.

Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter first begins with a written application, available at our Headquarters located at 1974 Fircrest Drive SE. Applications are accepted throughout the year, but held to coincide with the enrollment periods for our one academy held each year. Our membership process begins with a programs orientation where we explain program requirements, expectations, benefits, and the initial training process.  To continue the membership process, candidates must successfully complete a general academic written exam, followed by a physical ability exam. After passing this phase, you will be issued your “bunker gear” and begin an 8-week academy of initial training that will prepare you for the initial response to fire calls. The academy is scheduled on nights and weekends so that it works around the conventional work week. Monthly training follows as a means to both further develop skills and maintain minimum requirements.


If you are a photographer and would like to get involved with South Kitsap Fire and Rescue without having to go through the rigorous training that firefighters go through, then this is an ideal opportunity for you. Our photographers are utilized in a number of different ways. After receiving basic training on emergency scene operations, a photographer can respond to an emergency call and photograph our crews in action. If you aren’t interested in responding to emergency calls then we can use your talents to photograph the numerous events our District participates in, such as community fairs, station tours, District functions, etc. Your photographs are used in our yearly Annual Report, PowerPoint presentations, our Web Page, and various other publications.

Chaplains Program

Time after time, tragedy after tragedy, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue personnel repeatedly found themselves having neither the time nor the training to support the emotionally overwrought loved ones of a patient or victim. In response to this problem, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue began recruiting local clergy and developed a very successful Chaplains Program. When a tragedy occurred, ministers from a wide cross section of faiths respond to comfort the grieving family. Clergy members are taught the basics of radio procedure and how to operate safety on emergency scenes. Our Chaplains function not only as grief counselors for distressed citizens, but as facilitators at fire scenes where families are left homeless. They also are available for South Kitsap Fire and Rescue members when tragedies witnessed necessitate a sympathetic shoulder or an attentive ear.

Ham Radio Operators

Using even the simplest of radio setups and antennas, amateurs communicate with each other for fun, during emergencies, and even in contests. They handle messages for police and other public service organizations during all kinds of emergencies including:

  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Motorist accidents
  • Fires and chemical spills
  • Search and rescues