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Internship Program

Dan Crutchfield
Fire Chief

Terry Corbit
Deputy Chief of Training and Operations

Brian McCarthy
Deputy Chief, Fire Marshal - Emergency Manager

Claudia DeLoff
Administrative Assistant

Station Headquarters
555 30th Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103

Our Student Internship program is an exciting and fun opportunity for people who are interested in a career in Firefighting or Emergency Medical Services to gain experience while attending college classes. Students work the same schedule as the career firefighting staff, and in return the Fire Department awards them with a full scholarship to Clatsop Community College. While on duty each Student Intern gains valuable hands on experience at emergency incidents, as well as learning the normal day to day activities common among career or combination career/ volunteer fire departments.

For many of our student interns, our program is a helpful way of achieving their goal of getting hired as a full time Firefighter/EMT. For others, our program is a good learning environment in which students can safely get a very in-depth perspective of the challenges, both mentally and physically, which face such a demanding career, and gives them the opportunity to decide if such a career is right for them.

If you are interested in a career in the Fire or EMS fields or would like more information on the Student Intern program, please contact:

Zach Plant

Intern Coordinator

(503) 325-2345
Voicemail ext. 6012


Our Intern Firefighter position(s) are open. Apply by following this link:


The Student Intern Program with the Astoria Fire Department is designed to provide students with a hands-on experience to learn the principles of firefighting, fire prevention, fire control and emergency medical services. As a fire intern, you will work 24-hour shifts on a rotating schedule and be an integral part of the fire crew, gaining the skills needed to become a career firefighter.


This recruitment is for the Astoria Fire Department Intern Program beginning in July 2022. This opening is for up to two positions.


  • Responds to fire and other emergency calls which include laying hose and connecting to hydrants; directing streams of water or chemicals onto fires; ventilating structures; searching buildings; and rescuing individuals from buildings or other hazardous situations.
  • Provides emergency medical services at a minimum level of basic life support (BLS).
  • Performs routine housekeeping and maintenance of facilities and grounds to maintain a clean, safe living and working environment.
  • Trains and drills on fire and emergency medical related subjects, procedures and techniques to be fully trained in routine and new processes.
  • Conducts or assists in training of other personnel, interns and volunteer firefighters.
  • Performs specialized fire and safety functions as assigned and trained (e.g. hazardous materials, technical rescue and marine/shipboard firefighting).
  • Performs fire inspections as part of company inspection program; performs and prepares fire plans using department computer programs.
  • Presents fire prevention/safety information to schools, organizations, businesses, etc., conducts fire station tours.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Respectfully takes direction from Lieutenant/supervisor and works within the chain of command.


Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written instructions; make good judgments, and act effectively and calmly in emergency situations; performs strenuous activities under hazardous and dangerous circumstances; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public; prepares complete, accurate reports.


  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. 18 years of age or older by fall 2022.
  3. Possession of or the ability to obtain a valid driver's license; safe driving record
  4. Interns must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per State of Oregon mandate (medical or religious exceptions may apply).


Must be able to perform the physical abilities required for the essential functions which include, but are not limited to, regular walking, sitting, and standing; the ability to intermittently lift, carry, push, and/or pull over 150 lbs., occasionally climb ladders and stairs, crawl, bend, stretch, twist, run, balance, crouch, stoop, turn, pivot, and otherwise be mobile; and all other physical activities as required in the performance of the essential functions. Employees must have the ability and willingness to work in both open and confines work spaces as well as in adverse environmental conditions for extended periods of time with little to no rest. (Due to the nature of the job, no specific time requirements are placed on the daily performance of these physical activities as the incumbent may be required to perform them at any given moment during his or her regular work shift. However, a time requirement is placed on the performance of these physical activities while conducting the regularly scheduled physical abilities test as given by the Department.)

Could be outdoors in all types of weather; days of work and shifts rotate; must be able to respond to fire-related emergencies and is subject to being called back to work during serious events and/or emergencies. Work can be extremely strenuous at times and is hazardous. Works in hazardous environments that may contain hazardous substances, gases, vapors, liquids and/or chemicals used in weapons of mass destruction. Employees are required to wear self-contained breathing apparatus and be able to meet requirements of the respiratory protection program. Interns are required to live at Astoria Station 2 or within the Astoria city limits.


To be considered for this position, you must submit your application and upload ALL of the following items before the closing date:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. High School Transcripts


The Fire Intern selection process will be conducted with COVID-19 health and safety measures in place during each phase.

November 1, 2022: First Review of application packets

November 12, 2022: All day process beginning at 9:00 AM - Written Testing, Interview Panel, Physical Abilities Test. Top candidates will be granted a Chief's Interview.

Next steps: Conditional Job Offer, Drug Screening, Background Investigation, Medical Exam


Monthly Stipend: July-September $750.00; October-June $450.00

Additional compensation for community events, training & off duty call response.


Paid tuition, fees and required course books for up to 18 credit hours per term at Clatsop Community College.

If a student wishes to take online courses from another college or commute elsewhere for specific classes, tuition costs will be reimbursed at Clatsop Community College credit hour cost, not to exceed the 18 credit hours. The student will be responsible for the difference in cost, if any.