What is the Oak Harbor Fire Academy?

Entry-level Paid-On-Call Firefighters without Firefighter I certification will be sponsored through the Oak Harbor Fire Academy to obtain training hours required for the certification.

This training takes place at Oak Harbor Fire Department and is generally once each year, usually from January through May. The schedule is designed to allow participants to continue their full-time jobs while training to be POC Firefighters.

Each academy session prepares recruits for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter 1 certification exam. The Firefighter 1 certificate is recognized across the nation; it requires 130 credit hours of training and successfully completing a written and fire ground practical exam to obtain.

Please visit the Washington State Patrol Office of the State Fire Marshal website for more information on accreditation and certification.

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1. Are Paid-on-Call and Career Firefighter positions the same?
2. As a Paid-on-Call Firefighter (POCFF), will I receive payment for my time?
3. As a POCFF, are there opportunities for advancement?
4. As a POCFF, my uniforms and equipment will be provided free of charge, is this correct?
5. Do men and women have to meet the same requirements?
6. Does Oak Harbor Fire Department (OHFD) have volunteer firefighters?
7. How much physical strength is required?
8. If I have prior fire service experience, will it count toward meeting OHFD requirements?
9. What are the minimum qualifications to be a POC Firefighter?
10. What happens if I fail the POCFF physical or medical examination and who will pay for it?
11. What is the Oak Harbor Fire Academy?
12. When are Oak Harbor POC Firefighter applications taken?
13. Where do POC Firefighters serve?
14. Who provides insurance coverage for POCFFs?