Become a Volunteer Firefighter

ANDERSON VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM

[CLICK HERE TO APPLY]

LookoutYou may be surprised to know that more than half of the firefighters in the United States are volunteers. In rural areas like Mendocino County, the proportion of volunteers to paid volunteers is even greater. Of the approximately 565 firefighters in Mendocino County, 535 are volunteers. This means the safety and security of our community is almost entirely dependent on the generous contribution of the time and energy of our volunteer fire department.

You might also be surprised to know that the firefighters do a lot more than put out fires. In fact, more than 75% of the Valley’s fire calls are for non-fire emergencies. Our department, like those around the country, respond to the following emergencies (among others):
• Structure Fires                                 • Medical Aids
• Wildland Fires                                  • Search and Rescue
• Vehicle Fires                                      • Hazardous Material Spills
• Traffic Accidents                             • Mutual Aid to Other Departments

WHY VOLUNTEER
There is nothing more satisfying in life than helping other people in emergency situations. The satisfaction you will enjoy by helping to save lives and protect property in your community is immeasurable. In addition, you will develop camaraderie, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and find opportunities for life-long learning that enrich the lives of our firefighters.

Our active members receive REACH, CALSTAR, and AV ambulance memberships along with discounts on household propane costs. In addition to these simple benefits, a lasting camaraderie is developed with your fellow volunteers as your participation in dinners, trainings, response activity, and experience grows.

ORIENTATION & PROMOTION PROCESS FOR NEW RECRUITS
Depending on the role for which the recruit is volunteering, the Department orientation is more or less rigorous. Recruits interested in first responder roles (firefighters, engineers, EMT’s) are usually brought in as recruits (unless they have experience in another fire department), and generally progress to firefighter in about six months to one year. During the recruit phase, new members receive sufficient training to insure they will be able to function in hazardous situations as part of our team in a safe and responsible manner. All required trainings and gear costs will be covered by the department. We believe you should not have to pay to be community volunteer!

TRAINING
As you might imagine from the list of emergencies fire departments respond to, training is a significant part of the Fire Service. The Anderson Valley Fire Department, however, understands that volunteers also have their own work and personal commitments, and, therefore, the department attempts to balance the safety and efficacy of its personnel on the one hand with the personal needs of its volunteers on the other.

FIRE MEETINGS AND DRILLS
In addition to the initial training appropriate for the specific role you have volunteered for, the department holds regularly scheduled and periodic mandatory meetings and drills, including monthly department training, monthly station drills, and periodic special training events.

CADET PROGRAM GOALS
•    Develop team building and leadership skills
•    Learn basic firefighting skills, CPR and first aid techniques
•    Become familiar with fire equipment and apparatus
•    Ride along on fire apparatus (only those that complete the program)
•    Participate in community service events and activities
•    Learn skills to help begin a career as a firefighter
Trainings and  meetings will include class room instruction as well as practicing firefighting techniques and developing emergency medical skills. Participation will require physical activity. Cadets will be required to participate in at least three training sessions each month.

APPLY HERE
Just download and fill out the following pdf file and return it to the Anderson Valley Fire Department:

[volunteer application]

MINIMUM RECOMMENDED 
REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS

Initial training (i.e., Fire Academy for firefighters)

75% Class Attendance

Station drills (1/month)

75% Attendance

Department training (1/month)

75% Attendance

Additional special training (2-4/year)

Optional

Out of district training (as needed)

Optional

Response activity

25% of calls

 

Anderson Valley Volunteer Fire Department

PO Box 398
14281 Highway 128
Boonville, CA 95415
707-895-2020