Become a Volunteer

  • Calaveras County is in need of more volunteer emergency responders. The 10 departments that protect the county are manned by volunteers, and the shortage poses threats to the community and other firefighters.
  • Calaveras County Fire Departments currently offer monthly benefits to active volunteer emergency responders including 401k contributions, paying daycare expenses, insurance premium and tuition payments.
  • No training or certifications are necessary to join, fill out an application today!

 

Below is a list of the selection criteria each department requires in order to consider an application for volunteer firefighter. Read the criteria and make sure that you qualify, then click the “Apply Now” button to complete your application online.

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Fire Department

Must Live in District

Required Certifications

Comments

Altavile/Melones

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Angels Camp

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record. Physical exam and agility test. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Central Fire

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Copperopolis

No

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Under 18 Cadet Program available. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Ebbetts Pass

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Calaveres Consolidated Fire

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Jenny Lind Fire

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Mokelumne Hill

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean background check. Physical exam and pass a drug and alcohol test. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided. Must receive Class B license within the 1 year probation period.

Murphys Fire

No

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

San Andreas

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

West Point Fire

Yes

None

Must be over 18 with a clean record & in good health. Valid DL. Participate in an interview. Training provided.

Calaveras County Volunteer Firefighters

Calaveras County consists of 10 volunteer fire departments:

    • Altavile/Melones
    • Angles Camp
    • Central Fire
    • Copperopolis
    • Ebbetts Pass
    • Calaveras Consolidated Fire

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    • Jenny Lind Fire

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  • Mokelumne Hill
  • Murphys Fire
  • San Andreas
  • West Point Fire

The CCFCA consists of 10 volunteer fire agencies located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 188 miles east of San Francisco and 135 miles west of Lake Tahoe in California. Found midway on State Highway 49, between Sacramento and Yosemite, Calaveras County links the two towns of the California Gold Country. With an average of 6,000 fire and emergency service calls a year, our 11 fire districts serve a rural area of 45,578 people. We provide fire protection and rescue service to 1,020 square miles of rural area. Our 11 volunteer agencies respond to structure fires, wild land fires, medical emergencies, water rescue, technical rope rescue, hazardous materials spills, public service assistance calls and other emergencies. The Calaveras County Fire Agencies protects an area that is 66% rural wild land, 21% residential, and 3% commercial, including Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a preserve of Giant Sequoia trees, located in the county several miles east of the town of Arnold.

This page contains a list of most frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have a question you do not see listed on this page, please contact us.

Q: Do I have to live in the volunteer department’s district?
A: Depends on the Fire District. View the selection criteria.
Q: Are there ongoing training requirements after the initial training?
A: Yes. There is both mandatory and optional training held throughout the year.
Q: What if I work during the day?
A: Many of our volunteers have full-time jobs yet still find it rewarding to serve the community as a firefighter. We are flexible with the time that you commit.
Q: How many calls does a typical volunteer respond to each month?
A: It varies depending on what district you live in. On average you can expect to dedicate between 20-40 hours a month.
Q: What if something happens to me?
A: You are covered by our insurance. Please contact your local department for further information.
Q: What will the training and supplies cost me?
A: There is no cost to you. All necessary equipment, supplies and materials are paid for by the department.
Q: Do volunteers receive any sort of compensation?
A: Benefits are available to those who participate. Benefits and requirements will be explained during your membership interview.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: Yes, 18 years old with a clean record. Some agencies have a Cadet Program for those under 18 years old.
Q: What does the application process involve?
A: Click the Apply Now button, and fill out our online application. Once you pass our background investigation, you have an interview with the Chief.
Q: What is the typical time commitment once I’m a trained volunteer?
A: Time requirements vary by department. Time commitment will depend on several factors, such as the number of calls the department receives, training requirements, shift versus on-call structure, and community activities in which the department requires volunteers to participate.Volunteer departments prefer that volunteers have the ability to respond to calls 24 hours a day, although most departments still accept volunteers who are unable to leave work or other obligations to respond to a call.
Q: How do I volunteer?
A: Apply Now and fill out the online application.

 

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