The Longview Fire Department Intern Program is provided for individuals attending college who wish to gain work experience in the fire service.
The Firefighter Intern Training Program is designed to provide a learning environment that allows students a means to acquire hands-on firefighting experience and demonstrate the required skills and techniques needed to effectively respond to emergency situations. An intern is expected to work eight (8)
24-hour shifts a month, and be an integral part of the fire crew, gaining the skills needed to become a career firefighter.
During their three-year internship, they are required to complete three phases. A lieutenant assists the responsible battalion chief with developing target dates for completion of each phase. Quarterly assessments are completed of the interns to ensure they are on-task to complete each phase.
Each intern will be provide assistance to interns with testing and interview skills, and with a mentorship for the individuals in their pursuit of a career.
If you are interested in becoming an intern and would like more information, please contact the Longview Fire Department at 360-442-5503. We maintain a list of interested candidates and when there are vacancies, a notice is sent to the candidates on the list outlining the dates and times of examinations.
To be successful in this position, candidates must have the following knowledge/skills/attributes:
- Ability to learn the following: modern fire fighting techniques, principles of fire fighting, ventilation, salvage and overhaul, hazardous materials awareness, emergency medical practices and rescue techniques, fire prevention codes, ordinances, regulations, laws, and polices.
- Ability to follow verbal directions and follow through with commands, read and interpret fire codes, training reference manuals, and emergency plans.
- Withstand strenuous physical labor in cumbersome protective clothing and equipment, often in hazardous working conditions for necessary periods of time.
Must be a US citizen; 18 years of age or older; demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing in English; completion of high school or GED; possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record; must be in (or scheduled to enter) a related field of study at an accredited college or university; and successfully pass an entry level skills examination, oral interview process, physical examination and reference/background investigation process.