Fire Corps

Fire Corps learn water safety so they can teach others.

Fire Corps is a nationwide partner program of Citizen Corps. It is designed to provide citizen advocates with a mechanism to support their local Fire Department through a donation of their time and talents. By working together, Fire Corps provides a well-rounded approach to supporting our community’s emergency fire/EMS services.

Fire Corps is not a volunteer firefighter program. Instead, it is variety of important and creative projects in which almost anyone can actively participate.

Fire Corps focuses on unique areas of non-emergency support that are critical to Vancouver Fire Department's mission. The mission of the Vancouver Fire Department is to provide highly trained professionals, well-equipped to respond effectively to the education, prevention, and emergency response needs of our community.

The Vancouver Fire Department is dedicated to making our community safer through community risk reduction. Fire Corps provides an exciting opportunity for our citizens to be part of our mission by providing non-emergency assistance to their Vancouver Fire Department.  Become a Fire Corps member, so we can start putting your good skills to use!

Citizens in Washington and Oregon interested in making their neighborhoods safer are encouraged to apply for the Vancouver Fire Department's Fire Corps program. Fire Corps is always accepting applications and holds training academies twice per year. All volunteer applicants must meet the following requirements: 1) Be a U.S. Citizen, 2) Be at least 16 years old, 3) Pass a background check, 4) Complete Fire Corps training academy and 5) Participate in a combination of four events and twenty hours of volunteer time.

VFD Fire Corps Objectives

  • Assist Vancouver Fire Department with promoting community risk reduction
  • Create a high visibility, public presence in Vancouver and Clark County Fire District #5
  • Improve the quality of life in our community through fire and life safety awareness education
  • Foster cooperation between citizens of Vancouver and the fire department
  • Educate the citizens in community risk reduction and increase fire and life safety awareness in Vancouver and Clark County Fire District #5
  • Help Vancouver Fire Department staff be more effective and productive
  • Make a difference in our community
  • Enhance existing fire prevention programs


Corporate & Club Partnerships

Vancouver Fire Department welcomes corporate and club support for our community risk reduction initiatives. Contact us to see how your organization can help make a difference today.

VFD Fire Corps Opportunities

  • Fourth of July – Fireworks Safety
  • Preschool & Kindergarten Safety Visits
  • Home Safety Surveys
  • Smoke Alarm Installation
  • Community Safety Events
  • Scout Day Safety Program for girls and boys Merit Badge
  • Distribute arson prevention and/or safety flyers
  • Marketing and promotional materials development
  • Assist school art contests
  • Targeted Risk Reduction Programs
  • Research and technology                                       
  • Translations and/or interpreting                                                                      
  • Develop Public Service Announcements


What skills do I need to do to become a Fire Corps volunteer?

  • Enjoying making a difference in your community
  • Dependable
  • Energetic
  • Ability to positively influence children, adults and seniors