Shasta County needs more volunteer firemen

Dunsmuir volunterr fireman Stan Spurlock recruiting

Dunsmuir volunteer fireman Josh Spurlock at the Hat Creek VFD barbecue

Shasta County needs more volunteer firemen. A majority of Shasta County is protected by volunteer fire departments.

Volunteer firefighters do a lot of the actual firefighting during fire season. Volunteer firemen undergo the same firefighting training as Cal Fire. Therefore, starting out as a volunteer fireman can lead to a job with Cal Fire.

In addition, working as a volunteer fireman requires a lot of training as an emergency medical provider and paramedic, so being a volunteer fireman can help prepare a young person for a career in those fields or as a nurse.

Some of the requirements to become a volunteer firefighter are:

  • be 18 years of age
  • have a valid California drivers license
  • live in proximity to a fire district
  • have a clean criminal record
  • complete a medical examination
  • complete basic fire and EMT training
  • and respond to a minimum number of calls

As a volunteer firefighter a person will be asked to respond to a variety of emergency situations such as:

  • structure, wildland and vehicle fires
  • medical assistance
  • traffic accidents
  • hazardous material incidents
  • technical rescue
  • entrapments
  • assistance for public safety.
  • and natural disaster relief

If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer firefighter, contact the Fire Chiefs Association of Shasta County at 855-747-7397 or fill out an application online at


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