KVFD Volunteer Program


When joining the volunteer department, there are several areas that you can provide services in such as Fire Fighting, Ambulance Crew (Driver, Emergency Trauma Technician-ETT, Emergency Medical Technician-EMT and Paramedic). Most of our members are cross-trained as Firefighters/ETT, EMT 1, 2, 3 or Paramedics. If you join as a firefighter but do not want to be involved in the ambulance service, you donít have to; you have the choice of what area you want to volunteer in, the same goes if your just interested in the ambulance service. ďOnce you have become a member, you should know that you are not stuck in the field that you applied for, you can become orientated into the Fire Fighting or Ambulance areas at any time.Ē

Contents:

|| Minimum Qualifications ||
|| Application ||
|| Firefighter Duties ||
|| Driver Duties ||
|| ETT Duties ||
|| EMT Duties ||
|| Paramedic Duties ||

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Must have a High School Diploma, or GED.
2. Must be 18 years of age, in good physical and mental condition, and with good moral character.
3. Must be a citizen of the United States.
4. Possess or be capable of obtaining an Alaska Drivers License.
5. Must display the ability to relate to the citizens, fellow workers and supervisors of the community.
6. Must be able to exercise sound and reasonable judgment in everyday working decision-making.
7. Possess or able to obtain CPR and First Aid certification within 90 days.
8. Must not have any felony criminal convictions.

Application Process:

1. The first step is to obtain an application for membership by calling 442-3404 or stopping by the Firehall.
2. After your completed application is received, members of the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department Board will review it. After the Board has reviewed the application, a decision will be made as to accept of deny the application.
3. Your application will then be reviewed by the Fire Chief for his final approval.
4. After you are accepted as a member you will be placed on a 90-day probationary period and a preceptor will be assigned to you to help with the orientation process.
5. During your first 90-days you will receive an orientation to the department SOPís and receive training in Blood Born Pathogens, CPR and Hazards Communication. You will also receive an orientation on vehicle operations.
6. After your 90-day probationary period, a decision will be made whether or not to grant full membership or to extend the probationary period.

Firefighter Duties:

Duties:
1. Responding to fire alarms, fires and other emergencies.
2. Controlling and extinguishing fires.
3. Protecting the life and property of the citizens of the City of Kotzebue.
4. Performing vehicle and equipment inspection prior to and after a call.
5. Performs clean up of the Fire Department.
6. Attending Fire Department functions and community events representing the Fire Department.
7. Perform and/or assume other job or work related duties as assigned.

Ambulance Driver:

Duties:
1. Drives the ambulance to and from an emergency call.
2. Operates the ambulance in accordance with all applicable JACO, State and Federal laws.
3. Assists the EMT or Paramedic in patient care.
4. Maintains strict confidentiality on all calls.
5. Performing vehicle and equipment inspection prior to and after a call.
6. Perform and/or assume other job or work related duties as assigned.

Emergency Trauma Technician:

Duties:
1. Performs all aspects of trauma assessment and care as outlined in the State of Alaska Protocols and authorized by the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance SOPís.
2. Assists the Lead EMT or Paramedic on duty in performing patient assessment and care.
3. Drives the ambulance when needed or can be signed up as a driver.
4. Ensures the ambulance is in good running order, stocked and cleaned before and after a call.
5. Maintains strict confidentiality on all calls.
6. Perform and/or assume other job or work related duties as assigned.

Emergency Medical Technician 1, 2 or 3:

Duties:
1. Performs all aspects of medical assessment, treatment and care for patients as outlined in the State of Alaska Protocols and authorized by the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department.
2. Assists the lead EMT or Paramedic on duty, or acts as the lead EMT on the call providing primary medical care to patients.
3. Drives the ambulance when needed or can be up as a driver.
4. Ensures the ambulance is in good running order, stocked and cleaned before and after a call.
5. Maintains strict confidentiality on all calls.
6. Perform and/or assume other job or work related duties as assigned.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic:

Duties:
1. Performs all aspects of medical assessment, treatment and care for patients as outlined in the State of Alaska Protocols and authorized by the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department.
2. Assists the lead EMT or Paramedic on duty, or acts as the lead Paramedic on the call providing primary medical care to patients.
3. Drives the ambulance when needed or can be up as a driver.
4. Ensures the ambulance is in good running order, stocked and cleaned before and after a call.
5. Maintains strict confidentiality on all calls.
6. Perform and/or assume other job or work related duties as assigned.

If you are interested in joining our team and would like to chance to be a service to your community, call 442-3404 to obtain an application.