I have filled out my application. Now what happens?
The Recruitment and Retention (R&R) representative will review your application for suitability. The R&R representative will usually call applicants to have an informal telephone interview. This gives us a chance to ask any questions brought out by the application, and allows you to ask any questions you may have. Then, a background check is conducted. Upon successful completion of the background investigation, the applicant is contacted to submit to a toxicological screening (drug test) and physical ability assessment. Then, a formal interview is scheduled. This interview will consist of the applicant, an R&R representative, an Officer and one or more experienced Firefighters or Engineers. A Chief may participate in this interview, or a separate Chief's interview may be scheduled. Once all of these steps are completed, the applicant's final status is discussed between representatives from Chiefs, Officers and R&R. If it is decided that the applicant has successfully passed all phases of the process, they will be offered a probationary position.

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1. What are the requirements to join the Parker Fire Department?
2. Is there anything else that will help my application be accepted by the department?
3. I do not meet all of the above criteria. Can I still apply?
4. Where do I send my completed application?
5. I have filled out my application. Now what happens?
6. Should I include a resume with my application?
7. I have been accepted for an interview and I have been asked to come to the fire station for a job-related physical assessment. What can I expect?
8. How long does it take from the time I drop off my application until I am accepted to the Fire Department?
9. How much time will I be expected to contribute?
10. How many calls does Parker Fire Department respond to in an average year?
11. Am I expected to attend all emergency calls?
12. I am not around all the time, or I work shift work or I would just not be available to respond to calls or attend the training sessions. Does this pose a problem?
13. I realize this is a volunteer fire department, but is there any compensation for attending practices or emergency calls?
14. I have never belonged to a fire department or never had any special training dealing wtih fire emergencies. Am I wasting my time applying to be a volunteer firefighter?
15. Who certifies volunteer firefighters?
16. How many fire stations are there? Where are they located?
17. What type(s) of calls do you respond to?
18. Does the department provide emergency medical services?
19. Are there any full time staff working on the fire department?
20. I am a little apprehensive about being the "new kid on the block".
21. What are the duties of a volunteer firefighter?
22. What items will I be specifically trained in as a volunteer firefighter?
23. What area does the Parker Fire Department provide coverage for?
24. How long do you keep completed applications on file?