Application process and timeline
The application period for the 2018 Academy is currently OPEN. Applications for the EMS division and for those applicants who hold prior certifications are accepted year round. If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer firefighter with Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue, please click HERE or for a district near you, please go to VolunteerFirefighter.org and submit an interest form by clicking on "Volunteer Now". Alternatively, you can download and print off a PDF version of the application found at the bottom of this page, or request an application from Station 93 in the town of Bennett. You may email, drop off, or mail your application. Please do not call for the status of your application. You will be contacted if you are invited to the next phase.
Our Membership coordinator is B-Shift Firefigher Melanie Porter. She can be reached via E-Mail at MelaniePorter@BennettFireRescue.org.
The application process includes:
- Application Review
- Invitation To Test
- Written Evaluation
- Physical Agility Test
- Invitation to Oral Board
- Oral Board
- Probationary Membership to Bennett Fire Academy
- Extension of offer for Volunteer Firefighter status upon successful completion of probation
The Written evaluation will test your general knowledge and problem solving skills. Although some questions may be related to firefighting, no previous fire experience is required to successfully pass the written evaluation.
Physical Agility Test
A Physical Agility Test is an physical course designed to gauge your body's ability to withstand the rigors of the duties that may be required in the fire service.
In effect, the Bennett Candidate Physical Agility Test is a rigorous physical exercise that simulates many activities of the fire ground. It is a timed exercise, although speed is not the primary concern. Your commitment and resolve will be one of the main focuses.
You should come prepared to lift, carry, drag, pull, climb, and move in an intense physical activity. It is highly suggested that you stretch out prior to participation.
Appropriate attire in the form of shorts, t-shirt, and sneaker-type shoes are recommended. You will be wearing bunker gear on top of your street clothes. We also recommend bringing something to drink.
The Oral Board is your opportunity to show Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue why we need you, and the knowledge you have of our fire department. You will interview with a panel of officers typically including at least one Officer from each rank. Occasionally a line Firefighter will also attend your oral board. This can be a stressful experience, so planning ahead and reviewing what you know about BFPD can make it much easier.
Lateral applications are accepted; your credentials and experience will determine the scope of required agency-specific training. Please go to VolunteerFirefighter.org and click on "Volunteer Now" to submit an interest form. Alternatively, you can download and print off a PDF version of the application found at the bottom of this page, or request an application from Station 93 in the town of Bennett. You may email, drop off, or mail your application. For more information, Contact our administrative office at (303) 644-3572 for more information.
Witness your strength at full capacity by joining Bennett Fire today!