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Rehab Group

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

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.

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.


Below you will find our current Canby Fire Chaplains and their biography’s:

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)

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

Career Opportunities

Canby Fire has joined Civil Service and testing with Aurora Fire, Hubbard Fire, Molalla Fire, and Woodburn Fire Districts. The group handles all application components through National Testing Network (NTN) as a joint group. Once a process opens, applicants will be instructed to submit all documents online and then will be contacted via email and/or phone on their application status and testing schedule. Make sure to keep your contact information up to date so we are properly able to contact you.

Once positions open up, please visit to complete the application process, review the job posting information, and schedule your own convenient test time.

Candidates who attain a passing score on both the entry level exam and the physical abilities test will be placed on the Joint District eligibility list. 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.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the Canby Fire District’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to Canby Fire District where the final decisions are made.

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