Woodburn Fire District is a combination department utilizing both Career and Paid-on-Call Volunteers (POCV) to provide the needed services to the community. We call our Volunteer personnel Paid-on-Call Volunteers because they are compensated a modest wage for the hours they spend training, on alarms and special functions. Anyone can be a POCV for the Woodburn Fire District provided they meet the minimum qualifications. People who do not live in the Woodburn Fire District can be a POCV. If you do not live in the Fire District you must provide 24-hour duty shift coverage per pay period. These duty shifts may be done in one 24 hour shift or two 12 hour shifts.
Whenever firefighters are called to emergencies, they can be placed in situations that threaten the safety and lives of themselves, their fellow firefighters and members of the public. The ability to exercise good judgment and/or react quickly is important to anyone responding to emergencies. POCV’s, like any other member, must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Woodburn Fire District.
Applicants must be 18 years of age and have a valid and insurable driver’s license. Applicants must have a high school diploma or an equivalent GED certification. Applicants must pass a background check, drug screen and physical abilities test. Members at this classification must, by virtue of their professional background, experiences, accomplishments and perspectives, be compatible with the organizational culture and climate of the Woodburn Fire District.
The Fire District provides 2 to 3 hours of training a week and it is important to our operation that members attend these training sessions. The Fire District also understands family demands, flexing work schedules, seasonal work, and vacations can make it difficult to attend training sessions. The Fire District wants each member to maintain the competencies of the position they hold and be active within their assigned station.
It is the POCV responsibility to notify the Operations Captain of any change in your personal schedule preventing you from attending drill nights and/or alarms.
A POCV is required to have a minimum of 75 service hours a year. A POCV Support member is required to have 40 service hours a year. A service hour is any time performing a task during training and/or alarms. A POCV Support member is a non-entry firefighter.
For more information on becoming a POCV with Woodburn Fire District, please contact our Headquarters Office at: (503) 982-2360. Thank you for your interest!