Empact Northwest's 2019 Application Period is Now Open!
Please note: The 2019 recruiting period will focus on those individuals with strong relevant experiences; particularly those with fire service, rescue, military, or law enforcement backgrounds; those with significant emergency medical experience; and/or those with strong field logistics management skills. Candidates without these backgrounds are encouraged to apply but may be deferred to a future on-boarding date. Thank you for your understanding.
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Volunteer billets include:
Rescue Operations (no experience required)
Disaster Medical Technician (EMT)
Disaster Medical Specialist
(RN, PAramedic, pa-C, Arnp)
deployment logistics specialist
(No experience required)
what position should i apply for?
We welcome applicants to apply for as many positions for which they are qualified. Please note that if you apply for multiple positions, we will do our best to honor your preferences, but ultimately we will place you in the billet that greatest fits the need of the organization.
Does every applicant get accepted?
Each application period brings us far more applicants than billets and so we're unable to accommodate every potential volunteer.
Is there a physical test?
There is a physical test for every deployed position. These physical tests are based on the USDA/USFS Pack Test and are applied as follows:
Is there a background check?
As part of the application process, all applicants are required to submit to a criminal background check. While any single offense or series of offenses may lead to disqualification at our discretion, we are primarily concerned with crimes of moral turpitude and those that victimize others, particularly children, vulnerable adults, and those in a healthcare setting.
What does Empact provide me if i'm accepted?
If you are accepted as a deployable member of our organization, you will be provided with the following at no cost to you:
Do i have insurance when I'm deployed?
All personnel are covered by organizational deployment insurance when overseas, to include:
Additionally, all physicians and medical personnel who are deployed internationally in a medical role are provided with $500,000 medical liability insurance.
When deployed domestically, all personnel are covered under our general organizational insurance policy with coverages similar to the above.
Are there dues or other financial requirements?
Every member is responsible for dues totaling $200 per year. Payment can be made at the beginning of the calendar year or through automatic monthly installments. These dues help to offset equipment purchases and basic organizational expenses to support volunteer deployments.
do i have to attend training? How much?
Every member is required to attend training appropriate to their position and the amount of training varies based on the assignment.
100% attendance is required for the Indoctrination and Basic Training course, and a 65% attendance is required for all unit drills thereafter, calculated on a quarterly basis.
Members who do not maintain a drill attendance of 65% become non-deployable. Those who do not maintain a drill of 70% for two consecutive years may be removed from the team altogether.
I'm already a member of x technical rescue, medical, Fema team, etc., do i still have to attend training?
Regardless of outside affiliation, all personnel are required to attend the minimum assigned annual training. No exceptions will be made. Members are allowed to take short term sabbaticals to tend to personal and career issues, but based on duration these may affect a members deployment status.
do i have to deploy internationally?
All new members are required to be eligible for international travel and assignment. Existing members may be granted a temporary waiver of this requirement for health, career, or personal reasons.
is there a minimum time commitment?
Members are expected to:
what if i don't like country x, do i have to deploy there?
Empact cannot control the locations of disasters and does not discriminate based on anything other than necessity, opportunity, and security concerns. Members are expected to make themselves available for deployment regardless of destination, however certain exceptions may be made as necessitated by security, health, or other concerns. Ultimately, Empact cannot require you to deploy to a country where you feel your safety or health would be put at risk.
what happens if i get hurt?
Empact takes member safety and health very seriously. All of our deployments include an advanced medical provider who will provide or oversee all of your care while deployed. If a members injury or illness requires medical evacuation, such evacuation is provided by our organizational insurance policy and will be coordinated by the organization.
if i'm not assigned to x can I still attend that training?
Absolutely! All of our members are welcome to attend any organizational training, space allowing, regardless of their assignment.
how do i become a canine handler?
As of now, the only individuals accepted for canine handler positions are those who are already trained and certified and have their own likewise trained and certified canine partner. Empact is currently working towards a program that will allow existing rescue personnel to become canine handlers.
Do i have to buy my own uniforms and equipment?
Empact will provide all of your safety equipment, basic deployment equipment, and one basic uniform. Members spend, on average, an additional $300 over 2-3 years to purchase additional uniforms and other deployment related equipment.
do i have to live in seattle?
While the organization has no residency requirement, all members are required to attend initial and ongoing training in Bremerton, WA. This can be a significant travel commitment for those living outside of the immediate Seattle region.
do i have to participate in fundraising?
Yes. All members are expected to participate in fundraising activities in a meaningful way. This may include assisting with the annual gala or other events, sharing social media posts, and emailing your friends and family to spread the word!
I have a job and a family, what if I can't make a deployment?
We get it! This is a volunteer position and we'll NEVER ask you to jeopardize your employment or your family for a deployment. Periodic inability to deploy due to employment or family conflicts will never affect your status with the organization, provided that if a pattern of unavailability is noted, you may be asked to move into a non-deployed billet.