Capital City Fire/Rescue’s volunteer force is only at two-thirds capacity at the moment, according to a release from the department Friday.
Ideally, the department would have 60 members, according to the release, but it currently has about 40. CCFR is a combination fire department, comprised of both volunteers and professionals. Most firefighters go through between 200 and 600 hours of training per year, according to the release, and volunteers go through the same training as full-time firefighters.
CCFR Assistant Chief Tod Chambers said those interested in volunteering are welcome to visit any of the stations and get an idea of what it takes to be part of the force.
“It’s not for everybody,” Chambers said in a release, “but the sense of camaraderie, team work and challenge is extremely rewarding.”
Volunteers must be 18 years old and have a valid Alaska Driver’s License. Training and equipment are provided. CCFR also offers a Cadet Program for those under 18.