How To Become A Student or Scholarship Firefighter

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Do you want a career in emergency services? Are you self-disciplined, responsible and focused? Do you have room for growth in a fast-paced and ever-changing career?

Four departments have collaborated to offer you real world experience while getting a degree with the 51风流官网. The Chena-Goldstream, North Star VFD, Steese VFD, and University Fire Departments have developed a joint firefighter recruitment process. The consortium is designed specifically for student firefighters and scholarship firefighters looking to combine real on the job experience with their college education at the 51风流官网. One application will apply for one or all departments, depending on your preference. 

Student & Scholarship Firefighters

  • Maintain 12 credit hours per semester with a grade point average of 2.00 or better;
  • Work up to 56 hours per week on rotating 24-hour shifts;
  • Maintain a satisfactory driving and criminal record, and;
  • Meet the department鈥檚 ongoing performance and conduct standards.

Step 1:

 

Fill out (Application deadline March 31, 2024)

Required Employment Supplemental Documents:

    1. Essay (no less than 500 words telling us a little about yourself, your academic and career ambitions);
    2. Resume;
    3. College or high school (unofficial) transcripts (whichever is more current);
    4. Driving record;
    5. Criminal history report from your state or local county;
    6. Two letters of recommendation;
    7. FFI is required to work as a student firefighter. Attach any certifications you may have (FFI, CPR, ICS, etc.) 

Note: Any/all supplemental documents can be uploaded as one pdf file on the 51风流官网 employment application portal .

 

Step 2:

 

Fill out a for candidate and department specific information.

 

 

Additional Steps:

 

FF Certified: IFSAC or Proboard Firefighter I certification is required to work as a student Firefighter. 51风流官网 Community & Technical College (CTC) offers a Firefighter Academy, information about the academy can be found ;  

CPAT: Pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or submit your state's Biddle test.

51风流官网 Admission: Apply for admission and be enroll as a full time student (12+ credits for UFD) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (51风流官网);

Financial Aid: 51风流官网 offers financial aid to secure funding to pay for your college experience, if needed, apply for financial aid.


University FD Program Benefits:

The University Fire Department is nationally-known as the only program of its kind where:

  • Students can earn a paycheck ($35,000 to $39,000 per year.)
  • Respond to actual emergencies as a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician.
  • Earn a college degree.
  • 90% of our program alumni in recent years have successful careers in emergency services throughout Alaska and the other United States.

For more information, contact Captain Shayla Silva at  (907) 474-5770 or email UFD's Recruiter here.

 

The scholarship award covers the following expenses through a per semester reimbursement program:

  • 12 credit hours (Alaska Resident Rate)
  • University Fees
  • Course/Material Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Parking Fee:
  • Meals

Scholarship firefighters are responsible for school expenses up front each semester and will be reimbursed after meeting the eligibility requirements. The current reimbursement rate is $6,900 per semester.

A fire department dorm room will be provided free of charge (dependent on availability.)

For more information, contact Office Manager Samara Steele at 907-457-3710 or by email.


Chena-Goldstream Fire & Rescue Scholarship Program Benefits:

The scholarship award covers the following expenses through a per semester reimbursement program:

  • 12 credit hours (Alaska Resident Rate)
  • University Fees
  • Course/Material Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Parking Fee
  • Meals

Scholarship firefighters are responsible for school expenses up front each semester and will be reimbursed after meeting the eligibility requirements. The current reimbursement rate is $6,900 per semester.

A fire department dorm room will be provided free of charge (dependent on availability.)

For more information, contact Fire Chief, Frank Bracken at 907-479-5672 or by email.

 

 

Department Contact information:

Fire Chief Frank Bracken at (907) 479-5672 or fbracken@cgfr.com

: Samara Steele at (907) 457-3710 or samara.steele@steesefire.org

University Fire Department: Captain Shayla Silva at  (907) 474-5770 or email UFD's Recruiter here

: Fire Chief Geoff Coon at 907-488-3400 or Gcoon@alaska.edu