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Volunteers are an integral part of the San Diego County Fire Authority and serve at the stations of SDCFA contract agencies. The stations are located throughout the inland unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

SDCFA Volunteers respond to an array of emergencies including structure and wildland fires, emergency medical incidents, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, rope-based rescues, water rescue emergencies, and other general public service calls. Many communities in San Diego County rely upon volunteer firefighters and our contracted agencies as their first line of defense in these emergencies.

Volunteering as a firefighter does not come without its benefits. First and foremost is the knowledge of making a difference in the lives of people who live and play in the community. Additional benefits of volunteering with SDCFA include:

  • Training provided by professional, current and retired firefighters
  • Safety equipment and gear is provided
  • A small stipend to assist with costs associated with serving (e.g., transportation to station, uniforms, meals)
  • Valuable experience for individuals interested in a career in the fire service

Volunteers serve in the following unpaid positions:

  • Administrative Support Volunteer
  • Volunteer Firefighter
  • Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Provider
  • Volunteer Water Tender Driver

More information on becoming a volunteer can be found here.


The map below shows several stations where volunteers may serve.



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