The Sisters–Camp Sherman Fire District team of volunteers is comprised of your neighbors, friends and maybe even your relatives. They’re people just like you – with families, jobs and active lifestyles who still find time to give back to their community. Sisters–Camp Sherman Fire District offers a friendly environment for you to discover your capabilities and make the most of your volunteering investment.
Established in 1937, the Sisters–Camp Sherman Fire District is a premier provider of emergency services in northwest Deschutes County, Oregon – protecting residents and businesses along the Highway 20 corridor and forest recreation areas of Sisters and Camp Sherman.
What do our Volunteers do?
The Fire District offers two distinct paths for people interested in becoming a volunteer: Traditional Volunteer and Fire Corps Volunteer.
Traditional Volunteers provide firefighting and/or emergency medical services, vehicle extrication and specialized rescue and fire prevention services to a 240 square mile area including the City of Sisters and the Camp Sherman community from four fire stations. In addition we provide advanced life support emergency medical and ambulance transport services to an area over 800 square miles.
Fire Corps volunteers may perform administrative functions (office work, data entry), life safety education such as CPR and first aid training, blood pressure assessments, green emergency address sign installation, public and fire/EMS department assistance and community risk (smoke alarms and fire prevention/safety education). Fire Corps members may also receive training in other duties and programs as assigned by the Fire Chief.
The Sisters–Camp Sherman Fire District is a combination career and volunteer fire department which blends a 24 hour career staff with volunteers who are ready 24/7 to assist in any emergency. We train hard and expect a lot from our volunteers. The department currently maintains a fleet of five fire engines, one heavy rescue truck, four ambulances, four light and one heavy brush engines, four water tenders and four command vehicles.
Who are our volunteers?
Supported by an active association, the membership is made up of approximately 45 active firefighters and EMS personnel, six scholarship students and 24 Fire Corps members. Sisters–Camp Sherman Fire District seeks volunteers to bolster its ranks in order to provide a wide range of services. We offer comprehensive benefits including quality training, flexible station assignments, an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policies, workman’s comp, air and ground ambulance benefits, length of service award and shift meal reimbursement.
Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District has a vision for expanding our volunteer base to include a diverse membership. We encourage the volunteerism of qualified men and women of all ethnicity and backgrounds.
Our target volunteer is:
- Individual who lives or works within the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District and is available to respond to emergencies. (Traditional & Fire Corps)
- Civic-oriented individual. (Traditional and Fire Corps)
- Current EMS/FF certified individual. (Traditional or Fire Corps)
- Strong candidate requiring Firefighter and/or EMS certification. (Traditional)
- Working, retired or student. (Traditional and Fire Corps)
- “Hands-on” volunteer. (Traditional and Fire Corps)
- Good team player. (Traditional and Fire Corps)
We offer the opportunity for you to volunteer in the areas where you feel most comfortable, where you feel you can contribute the most and where you’ll benefit the most from your volunteer experience. Our membership is divided into the following functions:
Fire/Rescue – If getting hot, dirty and physical is your game – this is for you. We offer many opportunities to explore the world of fire and rescue and the training to do it safely. Whether attacking the fire, operating apparatus or serving in the command functions, there is plenty for everyone to do on the fire ground
EMS – If you enjoy helping people in medical emergencies – we’ll provide the training costs and tuition. In cooperation with the Oregon State Department of Health and Emergency Services we’ll train you to be a Certified CPR provider, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B). If you already have your Paramedic certification (EMT-P); we’ll cover the cost of your recertification. EMS only members are not required to certify in firefighting courses.
Fire Corps – If you love helping people but no longer think running into burning buildings or climbing into the back of an ambulance is your cup of tea, the Fire Corps program may be a perfect fit. Fire Corps Volunteers provide compassionate support to victims of emergencies and support the firefighters by providing food and drinks during extended fire operations.Fire Corps Volunteers also provide fire prevention, public education, and community service programs within the communities of Sisters and Camp Sherman. (Click heading for more information).
Resident Volunteer –The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District offers individuals 18 years and up the opportunity to apply for their Fire/EMS Resident Volunteer Program. The program is designed to promote knowledge of the basic operating principles of the fire and emergency medical services through day-to-day operations, hands-on experience and actual classroom time. Resident Volunteers will be trained on the principles of firefighting, fire prevention, fire control, rescue and emergency medical services. (Click heading for more information).