Recruitment Press Release

For Immediate Release:
Corbett Fire Department to Hold a Meeting to Recruit New Volunteer Firefighters
Corbett Fire Department Corbett, Oregon June 17, 2024

The Corbett Fire Department (CFD) is inviting all prospective new members and their families to a barbeque on July 17, 2024 at the Corbett Fire Station, which is located at 36930 East Historic Columbia River Hwy. The barbeque will be held at 6:30PM and the informational meeting will begin at 7:00PM.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) the country has experienced a 24% drop in volunteer firefighters since 1984, additionally women make up only 11% of the nation’s current volunteers (NFPA). Additionally, the number of calls has more than tripled since the 1980s. Currently the CFD has 32 members with four being women firefighters. At the July 17 meeting the Corbett women firefighters will be available to answer questions relating to women in the fire service. In 2023 the department responded to over 500 incidents in its 40 square mile protection area. The all-volunteer CFD, includes parts of the Columbia River Gorge, with stations at Aims, Corbett, and Springdale. This year the department is interested in getting volunteers at the Corbett and Springdale stations.

The CFD has strong community support with the voters approving a bond in 2022 to update the stations as well as other improvements. Also in 2022 CFD won an award from the Oregon Special Districts Association for its innovative program to prevent drownings on the Sandy River. Additionally, in past years eleven members have been selected as Oregon Volunteer of the Year by Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association. Finally, the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office recently announced that the CFD was awarded a grant for an additional water tender.

Prospective members are preferred to live within the fire district, be 18 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, fill out an application that is due August 1, 2024, pass a physical agility test, undergo a background check, as well as pass an oral interview. (Go to to download an application which is located at “Join Our Team”.)

Members get the opportunity to help other people as well as working in a team environment. The CFD believes in the importance of the family and has family oriented activities such as an annual banquet and picnic. For new recruits the CFD provides all equipment and training, furthermore the department provides on- going training opportunities to all members. The department also provides each member $200.00 annually for cell phone service, and an Employee Assistance Program for all members. Lastly the department is one of the few all-volunteer departments in the state that has a (401a) retirement program for members.

Contact: Fire Chief-Rick Wunsch….503-809-4372
Contact: Women Recruit Coordinator -Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky…. 503-809-4372

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