Volunteer Academy The origins of volunteer firefighting go back to the beginnings of the fire service.
Many dedicated and community minded people over the years have established a proud tradition in the fire service of stopping what they are doing, at all hours of the day or night, and answering the call for help. The concept of potentially placing one’s self in harms way for another is one of the highest forms of humanity.
Firefighters are taught to risk a lot to save a lot and risk little to save little. Accomplishing this mission in the safest manner possible takes many hours of training and practice. Volunteer firefighter candidates are required to receive instruction in a vast array of subject matter and must be mentally and physically fit to perform very arduous tasks in very hostile environments. Minimum fire and emergency medical training requires about 190 hours. To view a sample academy training schedule click here. Being a volunteer firefighter is not for everyone. It requires a strong commitment on behalf of the firefighter and equally strong support from their families to become an effective member of our emergency team.
The reward for this dedication is an opportunity to give back to your community and see immediate results of a job well done. If you have what it takes you too could become part of the Fire Service Family. Current training requirements are a bi-weekly training schedule in addition to calls for service. If you are selected through the interview process training would begin in January culminating with a graduation in May and swearing in as a member of the elite team at El Dorado County Fire. You will continue to train learning to drive vehicles, operate pumps, and demonstrate your new skills to our team members.
To become a Volunteer Firefighter with El Dorado County Fire Protection District:
- You must be at least 18 yeas of age
- Be physically fit and capable of arduous duty
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Pass a Fit for Duty Physical Exam and drug screen
- Pass a background check and polygraph examination
- Participate in bi-weekly training of about 3 to 4 hours per session
- Live or work within our boundaries
We proudly serve the communities of: City of Placerville, Gold Hill, Coloma, Lotus, Cool, Pilot Hill, Shingle Springs, South Cameron Park, Pleasant Valley, Oak Hill, Pollock Pines, Camino, Fresh Pond, Kyburz, Strawberry. Texas Hill, Sierra Springs, Sly Park Hills.
Desirable traits are a positive attitude and a strong customer service ethic. Also, you must be able to work within a command structure and be a team player.
Stop by your local fire house for an application and to speak to a firefighter for more information.