Benton County Fire District #4


VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OR EMS PROVIDER
Updated: October 2019

Benton County Fire Protection District #4 (BCFD4) is a department that is comprised of volunteers as well as career members.  We rely heavily on our volunteers for incident response, participation in community events, public education, and various other requests for public assistance. Volunteers are needed for firefighting, EMS, and many other duties. When applying, candidates can specify how they would like to volunteer their time.

If applying for volunteer firefighter, no previous experience is necessary. We will enroll you in a training academy for wildland and/or structural firefighting. After the academy, each volunteer is encouraged to become involved with the department as much as possible.

We also allow volunteers for EMS only, provided they are currently qualified as an EMT or higher. If an applicant is not currently qualified, we can recruit you into our Logistics organization and help you get there.

To become a volunteer firefighter or EMT, candidates must:

  • Complete an accurate application
  • Be at least 18 years of age at appointment and eligible to work in the United States
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Have and maintain an insurable driving record
  • Pass the pre-employment written and physical agility tests
  • Have a clear criminal history for crimes against people, drugs, firearms, etc.
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Have and maintain physical fitness for duty and be capable of performing any required firefighting, rescue, or emergency medical activities
  • Live within a reasonable response time to district boundaries or stations


Recruiting normally happens once a year to coincide with the structural academy but depending on the need for volunteers we accept applications throughout the year.  Applicants are contacted after turning in completed applications by a representative from BCFD4 with more information on the next step in the process. If at any time after turning in an application, applicants can change their information by contacting the station.

Candidate Contact Person:
Captain Bob Shannon, Recruit Coordinator
Phone 509-967-2945
Email: bshannon@bcfd4.org