Resident Program

The Resident Firefighter Program provides training, living accommodations and a jump start for a car
Cheney Fire Department is a combination career/volunteer department which provides full-service fire protection, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, rescue, and emergency medical services to over 12,000 residents and another 12,000 daily from Eastern Washington University.

The Fire Department responds to approximately 1,461 calls annually. The department is comprised of the Fire Chief, an administrative secretary, nine career fire officers, four resident firefighters, and part-paid volunteer firefighters.

Program Overview

The Resident Firefighter Program is designed for students with an interest in the fire service, medical profession, and/or someone who enjoys helping others. The student requirement for this position is a minimum enrollment of eight credits per quarter.

Resident firefighters are assigned to a shift in a 3-platoon system; likewise, shift schedules are 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off duty. Duty shifts begin at 7:00 a.m. Resident firefighters are required to be in the station, in uniform, on their scheduled shift days, with the exception of college classes.

Duties & Compensation

Residents are assigned roles and responsibilities ranging from daily station chores and apparatus checks to intensive firefighting activities and emergency medical techniques. Resident firefighters are required to have the Cheney Fire Station as their primary place of residence. In compensation for their time, they receive complete living accommodations. This includes:
  • Cable TV
  • Cooking facilities
  • Electrical
  • Garbage
  • Laundry facilities, etc.
  • Room
  • Sewer
  • Water
They will also be compensated with a monthly stipend that is determined by their time with the organization and completed training requirements.

Resident firefighters will be provided basic fire recruit training, emergency medical training, hazardous materials training, driver/operator training, and other elective training as needed. Secondary employment is discouraged.

Resident firefighters will also be members of the Volunteer Association Program and will be compensated for needed off-duty responses using the volunteer point pay scale. This will allow for additional experience and compensation.

Helpful Resources

For information on the Cheney Fire Department resident program, call 509-498-9291.