(Gillette, Wyo.) The Campbell County Fire Department is looking to recruit a new force of part time fire fighters. Interested applicants must have their applications submitted to the department before 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2017, said Donna Crippen, a comptroller with the CCFD.
The recruitment is open to anyone over the age of 18 who can pass the extensive list of prerequisites, which include an in-depth background check, oral interviews, drug screening, and passing the strenuous physical agility exams.
The application process is lengthy and can take up to several months to complete.
“Once they finish that, then we’ll put them through a six month academy,” Crippen said.
The academy courses occur once a week from 6:00 p.m. -10:.00 p.m. at the CCFD training facility here in Gillette, Wyo., and will run the duration of six months.
Once applicants complete their academy coursework, they will face a six month “probationary period” during which they must demonstrate their practical knowledge.
“That way we know what they are doing,” Crippen said. “This gives them time to ride with the crews wherever they are at.”
Part-time firefighter is only a label. Applicants will face all the same demands, physically and mentally, as a full-time firefighter applicant. All firefighters with the CCFD receive the same training, though their time in the station will vary.
Crippen said applicants should keep in mind that volunteering for the department is demanding, especially if they work full time. Volunteering will mean spending more time away from family or loved ones, Crippen said.
Crippen estimated that there are currently 80 part-time fire fighters with the CCFD.
There are certain criteria that can automatically disqualify an applicant from the application process, such as any arson or felony convictions. For a full list of disqualifying criteria, please visit the CCFD website.