Volunteer Firefighter FAQs
- How can I get more information?
- What if I have never gone through a fire academy before?
- How soon can I begin responding to calls?
- How much time will I have to commit?
- I can’t leave my job to go to an emergency, is that OK?
- Is attendance required for every training event?
- How will I know what to do as a Volunteer?
- What does a Volunteer Firefighter do?
- How much will it cost me?
- What are the requirements to become a Volunteer Firefighter?
- Why are Volunteer Firefighters needed?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in El Dorado County, please visit the El Dorado County Training Officers Association .
If you do not have a certificate from a certified fire academy when you are hired, we will put you through an academy. It is 160 hours of training in a 5 month period and consists of evenings and some weekends. After you have graduated from the fire academy, you can begin responding to calls and participating in monthly training drills as soon as the orientation process is complete.
Once you are hired, if you have a certificate from a certified fire academy, you can begin responding to calls and participating in training as soon as the orientation process is complete.
The time you commit to responding to calls and training is up to you, however, the more you are involved in this program the better the outcome will be for the community as a whole. Required training is provided on the evenings of the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month (6 hours). Additional training is offered the 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings of each month (6 hours). These training dates are subject to change.
Volunteers respond when they are able. When committed at work or out of there area, we hope others will respond, and that is why it is important to have more Firefighters.
It is to your benefit and the community’s benefit if you attend as much training as possible, but most events are not mandatory. We do understand that you may have other obligations. These training events will keep you well informed and in practice. Certain important events may be mandatory.
Training is provided on the evenings of the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month as well as the mornings of the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. These training dates are subject to change.
Our Volunteers do everything career Firefighters do: respond to fires, traffic accidents, and medical emergencies.
Nothing. EDHFD pays for all the training and equipment.
Please see Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter.
In an emergency, more trained people are needed to assist with calls and cover stations and this is where the Volunteers come in. The Volunteer Firefighters represent a large part of our organization. They are our second line of defense by responding to emergencies that occur in our community. Our Volunteer Firefighters donate their time, train to a high standard and participate in all aspects of Department functions.