Are you interested in joining Canby Fire as a Volunteer or Career Firefighter?

Apply today!

Canby Fire District Demographics

  • Population Served: 30,000, which includes the cities of Canby and Barlow
  • Number of Stations: 3
  • Number of Career Personnel: 
    • 1 Fire Chief
    • 3 Full-time Division Chiefs
    • 2 Administrative Staff
    • 18 Line Staff (including 3 Captains and 3 Lieutenants)
  • Number of Volunteer Personnel: 30 volunteers consisting of combat, Interns, rehab, chaplains, radio operators, tender operators, and NERT members.
  • Number of Apparatus: 
    • 4 Medics
    • 2 Engines
    • 2 Water Tenders
    • 2 Brush
    • 1 Rehab Unit
    • 1 Truck
    • 4 Command Vehicles


  • Rehab
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Chaplaincy
  • Administrative Help
  • Internships
  • Combat Volunteering
  • Water Tender Driver/Operators
  • Emergency Communication Operators

Applications for volunteer firefighter are being accepted October 17 – November 7 at 4pm for the upcoming Volunteer Recruit Academy. If you’re interested in applying, please fill out an application and drop it off at the fire station. Interviews will be held for all eligible applicants.

District Application (volunteers only)
Volunteer Pamphlet
SOG 8.9: Volunteer Program
SOG 5.6: Intern Program


  • There are currently no open positions. Please keep an eye out for future announcements

Joint District Application Fillable

Joint District Affiliation Form: This form is only available to applicants affiliated with any of the hiring agencies.

Joint District Document Substitution Form: This form is available to all applicants. 

Canby Fire has joined Civil Service and testing with Molalla Fire District. Once a testing process opens, applicants will be instructed to submit all documents electronically and then will be contacted via email and/or phone on their application status and testing schedule. Make sure to have accurate contact information so we are properly able to contact you.

Candidates who attain a passing score during the assessment center will be placed on the Joint District eligibility list(s). Canby Fire District will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the department selection process as positions open.

Canby Fire District is governed by ORS 242.702 to 242.824 Civil Service for Firefighters.


Rehab Group

Our Rehab group responds to fires where they monitor the overall health of crews and provide food, water, and a cooling area. Meet our Rehab members below.

Volunteer Program

Canby Fire volunteers get hands-on experience with both fire and emergency medical services. Our volunteers meet weekly for training and respond on calls during their designated shifts.

Intern Program

This is a program that operates on the same shift schedule as our paid crews and provides for reimbursement for school programs and classes related to Fire Science or Emergency Medical. This provides interns with shift experience and hands-on learning that can be applied to future fire service careers.

To obtain more information about our Intern Program, please use our contact form for general inquiries.

Chaplain Group

Our Chaplains group consists of volunteers who respond on scene when they are needed to support families, our first responders, and patients.

To obtain more information about our Chaplain group, please use our contact form for general inquiries. Meet our Chaplains below

Administrative Help

Our office is occasionally in need of volunteers to help with basic office duties and coverage during high demand work times. If you are interested in receiving volunteer hours, please reach out to us using our contact form for general inquiries.

Water Tender Driver/Operator

If you’re interested in responding to fires on an as-needed basis but don’t necessarily have the time commitment to volunteer as a combat firefighter, a water tender driver/operator position may be the perfect fit for you! Fill out an application today or call for more details.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT is essential for the community and serves to train and protect by teaching about prevention such as fire extinguishers, coordinating during natural disasters, improving communication throughout the community, and much more! Fill out an application today if you’re interested in being part of a CERT group or call for questions.

Emergency Communication Operators

“This is an all volunteer group of Amateur Radio Communications Operators that serve the fire district, the county, and the state in radio voice and digital communications in the case of a major event. It’s possible that the first line of communications for first responders (fire, police, EMS) and other supported agencies could fail due to wildfires, earthquakes, and weather-related incidents. Amateur radio operators can be in service and in the air in a very short timeframe and establish communications for these agencies. Canby Fire is the lead agency for the Canby area. We will provide communications to the county, the state and federal government as directed by the authorities. If you are a licensed ham operator in the Canby area, contact us for details on how YOU can become part of your communities emergence response team. Fill out an application if you’re interested in joining this team or call with questions.” – Jerry Burn, radio operator


John Karay

Chaplain John entered the public safety realm when he became a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Hillsboro Fire Department. He served the City of Hillsboro, Oregon for about 9 years when he and his wife decided to move to the state of Wisconsin. They lived there for 16 years and it was during that time that John became an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. He became a chaplain for their City of Stoughton, WI serving their police, fire, and EMS departments.

About five years ago, he and his wife, Marie, moved back to the Portland area, eventually settling in Canby. He serves the Canby Fire Department and the Milwaukie Police Department as a chaplain. He is a pastor in the area and still also maintains his 35-year career in the field of Information Technology. He is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and of the local group Public Safety Chaplaincy.

“It is my honor and privilege to serve first responders and the larger community in the unique way that God has placed in front of me.”

Gerald “Jerry” Giger

  • 71 years old
  • Born in Portland, Oregon
  • Elementary and High School – Canby, Oregon
  • 1967-1968 Boeing Aircraft – Production Dispatcher – Seattle
  • 37+ years Law Enforcement
  • 30+ years – City of Canby (1970-2001) Chief 1982 – 2001
  • 7 years – City of Molalla Chief 2004 – 2011
  • 20 years volunteer firefighter – Canby Fire District 1973-1993
  • (Engineer (Operator-Driver) EMT II)
  • Diaconate training 2002-2007
  • Masters Program – Pastoral Ministry: University of Portland
  • Ordained Deacon: Roman Catholic Church
  • Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
  • Volunteer Chaplain – Canby Fire District 20l6-present
  • Married to Maureen
  • 5 adult children
  • 14 grandchildren

William “Bill” Roberts (retired)

Bill is now retired from Chaplaincy but we wanted to honor and thank him for his many years of service to Canby and surrounding areas.

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, and lived in Wappingers Falls, NY, until 1958. I graduated from Wappingers Central School in my hometown. 1958

College: Delhi Tech, New York, Associates in Applied Science, Animal Husbandry, graduated 1961

Mt. Angel College, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, graduated 1971

Military: U.S. Air Force, 1961 – 1965, honorable discharge after serving in the Far East and Sacramento, CA.

Married my bride, Cleo 1965

Employment: Recently retired serving as a volunteer chaplain for area police and fire departments.

  • Emergency Service Chaplaincy, Inc., Salem, 2000 – 2004. Responded to traumatic police/fire events to assist responders and people on scene.
  • Allstate Insurance, 1988 – 1993, owned insurance sales office.
  • Rural Dell School, 1993 – 2000, elementary school teacher
  • Molalla Elementary School, 1972 – 1976, elementary school teacher
  • Caffel Brothers, Inc, Estacada, road builder and truck driver
  • Pike and Davis Survey Co., land surveyor assistant
  • Burghardt Homes, wood construction technician
  • Mountain Timber Cutting Co, timber faller
  • Yule Tree Farms, metal fabricator, built Christmas tree bailers

Ordained pastor: serving at Foursquare Church, Canby, OR 1991

Hobbies: Woodworking, photography, gardening, riding my Harley, part time comedian, human relation technician.

Remarkable events: rode my Harley across the United States to “The Wall” in D. C. with 300 Vietnam Vets. My wife flew D. C. and we took six weeks on the Harley to return home. This was our delayed honeymoon. 2007


Jeff Barrow
Jeff Barrow
Pam Barrow
Pam Barrow
Steve Krupicka
Steve Krupicka
Jackie Krupicka
Jackie Krupicka
Connie Austen
Connie Austen


Jerry Burn
Jerry Burn
Eric Thatcher
Eric Thatcher