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    Anyone have any useful information regarding volly departments in California, near the Bay Area or in and around Los Angeles? I've looked into it, but am having a rough time finding any real opportunities. I hope to use volly experience as that first step into the fire service (while I'm in school), and any help from fellow californian brothers and sisters would be much appreciated!

    Many Thanks.

    [ 08-08-2001: Message edited by: CaliFire ]
    "...you're such a gentle soul, it's killing me to know, when will i see your face?" -Vince Gill

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    Cali - best suggestion I have for you is to drive around and stop at local Volunteer Departments. When you say volunteer you realize this means NO PAY right? Paid on-call departments are usually manned by fire fighters with experience - even volunteer departments that use paid day crews fall into this category - and these paid guys have taken civil service or state exams, etc. If you don't have experience or state certification you won't qualify for pay, but investigate further in your area. I would say that if you want to work with a paid department check out larger areas around you and see if their paid departments offer a volunteer program as well. You won't run as many calls as you would at a full volunteer department but you will get your foot in the door and gain some experience. Most paid departments that I have seen that use volunteers do so only as backup or an extra man power thing. Get out there and bang on some doors and you will find the right place for yourself. Remember it is all about who you work with..if you get a good Capt. or Chief that will work with you and help you then you will learn more and have a better experience. Good luck! Keep us posted as to how you make out.
    Never forget those who went before and sacrified to make us better and stronger as a fire service and a nation. 09-11-01 forever etched in time and our memories. God Speed Boys!

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      Yes, I realize volunteer means no pay One of the joys of still being supported by your parents. But thanks for the other advice, I'll start knockin on doors.
      "...you're such a gentle soul, it's killing me to know, when will i see your face?" -Vince Gill

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        -- City of Santa Clara has a program of volunteer reserves who respond to the scene to assist the City Firefighters http://cho.ci.santa-clara.ca.us/40464.html

        -- County of Santa Clara which protects more or less south and west of the City of San Jose has a volunteer element as well: http://www.co.santa-clara.ca.us/fire/volunteer.html

        -- City of Gilroy has paid-on-call force: http://www.ci.gilroy.ca.us/firedoc.html

        And my sentimental favorites of the Silicon Valley area, the volunteer departments of the San Lorenzo Valley nestled in the mountains between Palo Alto and Santa Cruz:
        Felton http://www.feltonfire.com/
        Boulder Creek http://www.bcfd.com/
        Ben Lomond
        And another one snuck in there, who I can't remember the name of. All four have much more of an east-coast feel in being al(most) entirely volunteer and decent membership size. Kinda a crazy commute over the mountain to the valley, but man is it a nice area.

        I never found much for volunteer activities during previous searches in Marin (north bay), or the East bay areas until your into the true boonies!

        LA area, you're pretty much looking at Sierra Madre (http://www.sierramadreweb.com/smfire2.html) which is truly an East coast all-volunteer all-Mack driving department stuck on the wrong coast.

        Lots of rural San Diego County however is protected by volunteer fire departments, including bunk-in programs, but I don't have any links handy for them.

        [ 08-08-2001: Message edited by: Dalmatian90 ]
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