Preston, Wilderness Rim, Lake Joy volunteers needed for Eastside Fire and Rescue

Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) officials are seeking applicants for an upcoming training academy scheduled to start at the end of the summer. Those who live within five road miles of an EF&R fire station, and meet other minimum qualifications, are  eligible to apply for consideration.

Following initial training, volunteers are required to attend weekly training sessions and respond to assist in emergency and non-emergency services delivery when requested and/or available. “The agency provides several opportunities for citizens to participate as a community responder. Many who commit to becoming a volunteer are interested in pursuing a full-time position, while others simply want to do something noble and meaningful by giving back to their community,” said Fire Chief Lee Soptich.

Currently, there are nearly 70 volunteers in the EFR system, which manages six all-volunteer and nine career-staffed stations. Volunteers are needed particularly in the Tiger Mountain, Preston, Wilderness Rim, Lake Joy, South Cove, and Maple Hills communities.  Interested persons need to apply by May 30. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply by going to


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