About the Fire Department
Fire Department Overview
The Fire Chief manages the department. The Fire Chief is directly responsible for all activities covered under the broad categories of administration, fiscal, emergency operations, training, and fire prevention. The Fire Chief reports directly to the City Manager.
The next level of management in the department is the Deputy Chiefs. These positions oversee all aspects of emergency management and the administration of training programs and public education and prevention.
Under the Deputy Chief of Operations are the Battalion Chiefs, the Captains and Lieutenants. The Captains and Lieutenants primarily help manage facilities, equipment maintenance, personnel, and emergency operations.
The Airway Heights Fire Department has approximately 40+ members that are primarily volunteers. The Department provides emergency response 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We are always recruiting for Firefighters. It is the goal of the department to have all members become Wa. State certified Emergency Medical Technicians.
The Airway Heights Fire Department has developed a mission statement to help focus the organization’s direction leading into the 21st century. The role of our members is to provide citizens with safe, cost effective, and efficient fire protection and public service. Members understand our commitment to safety; safety to ourselves with proper equipment and policies and safety to the public with education, prevention and service.
About the Occupation
Firefighting is a physically demanding and inherently risky occupation.
A Firefighter that has been accepted will attend an in-house fire recruit school that is approximately 15 weeks long.
Operational Firefighters are expected to attend their assigned training and be on shift for one 12 hour shift every week.
Volunteer Firefighter Applications (needed) **CALL 509-244-3322** or Download the PDF by clicking the link below.
Applications can be dropped off at 1208 S. Lundstrom in person between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday-Friday.