Foothills Fire Protection District

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Foothills Fire & Rescue is a combination department comprised of full-time and volunteer firefighters. It is our philosophy that whether you are a volunteer or career firefighter, the tasks are the same; as the department takes its responsibility toward public safety and professional services very seriously.

The department accepts applications year-round. Firefighter Academy for Volunteers begins in late August, with graduation typically the first week of June. Full-time positions are typically filled from within our Volunteer firefighter ranks. To download a sample Firefighter Academy training schedule, click here...

As a volunteer member of the Foothills Fire & Rescue department, you will have the honor of serving your community in emergency situations. Additionally, all members have the opportunity to meet and work with other highly trained, motivated and enthusiastic volunteers, and interact with numerous local, state and national fire and rescue organizations.

For additional information, contact Recruitment Coordinator, Pati Stajcar, at

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Firefighter Academy!

Recruitment Information

go buttonTo download the Foothills Application for Volunteer Membership, PDF format...(click here), MSWord format...(click here)

go buttonThere's no such thing as a "Typical Day" as a Foothills volunteer firefighter. To view a brief slideshow about the nature of volunteer firefighting with Foothills Fire, click here...

go buttonFoothills volunteers participate in all type of interesting and cool trainings. Here's a video taken by 9News showing one of Foothill's nighttime training events. To play the video, click in the box below...


Department Overview

Foothills Fire & Rescue has been in existence since January 1, 1997. The district was formed by the combination of the Lookout Mountain, Ideldale and Mount Vernon Fire Departments. The current department operates out of five stations: Lookout Mountain, Rainbow Hills, Mount Vernon, Grapevine and Ideldale We provide Fire Suppression, Vehicle rescue, Technical Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services (in conjunction with Highland Rescue Team Ambulance Service) to residential, commercial, wildland and highway exposures to a roughly 25 square mile area in Central-Western Jefferson County. Additional we provide assistance to neighboring fire departments such as Pleasant View, Genesee, Golden and Evergreen. On average, we have approximately 40 volunteer firefighters in our membership.

Benefits to Our Volunteers

Red Bullet Participation in department and community functions held annually.
Red Bullet Fire and rescue related training opportunities provided at no cost to the membership.

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Pension benefits upon reaching age 62 and after completing 10 years of active service.

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Worker's compensation coverage while training and performing fire fighting duties.

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Medical, disability and life insurance coverage if injuries or death occurs while training or performing fire fighting duties.

Criteria for Membership

Application for membership requires:

Red Bullet Residence within the boundaries of the Foothills Fire Protection District.
Red Bullet At least 18 years of age.
Red Bullet Good health and good physical condition.
Red Bullet No felony convictions.
Red Bullet Valid Driver's License and automobile insurance.
Red Bullet Legal resident status in the United States.

If you are accepted as a volunteer member of the department, you will be a trainee member until you successfully complete:

Red Bullet A state-certified Firefighter I Academy.
Red Bullet An eight hour cardiopulmonary resuscitation course (CPR).

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An Emergency Medical Responder or Emergency Medical Technician basic certification course.
Red Bullet A Hazardous Materials Operations certification course.
Red Bullet Wildland S 130/180/190 courses.

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Approval for active membership by the Foothills Fire & Rescue Chief after a thorough background check.
Red Bullet Participation in at least 25 calls.
Red Bullet Recommendation from an officer and two firefighters.

Once you have attained active membership status, you must maintain it by:

Red Bullet Participating in a minimum of 36 hours of training annually.
Red Bullet Completing a minimum of 36 shift hours per month.
Red Bullet Participating in various department events.
Red Bullet Carrying a department provided radio in order to receive emergency alarms.
Red Bullet Keeping all certifications current by attending required training.



Upon acceptance as a volunteer member you will be provided a pager and personal protective equipment (PPE), for responding to calls. Pagers and PPE are the property of the department and must be returned should you no longer be an active member of Foothills Fire & Rescue. Standard PPE includes a structural helmet, bunker pants, coat and boots, a nomex hood and gloves. Additional PPE may be provided as necessary.

Application Process

Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the Foothills Fire & Rescue Chief for approval. Additionally, a background investigation and a physical exam will be required. When you sign and submit this application, you are authorizing Foothills Fire & Rescue to obtain a consumer report about your criminal, driving, credit, education and employment history in order to properly evaluate your application for volunteer membership.

A response to your application for membership will be made to you verbally prior to the beginning of the next Firefighter Academy.

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