About the Volunteer Reserve Firefighter Program

The Volunteer Reserve Firefighter Program provides emergency medical services to the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Volunteer Reserve Firefighters are an integral part of the San Diego County Fire Authority (SDCFA). SDCFA Reserve Volunteer Firefighters are professionally trained and work with staff at our partnership agencies to 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 on Volunteer Reserve Firefighters as their first line of defense during a time of emergency. In all, the SDCFA Volunteer Reserve Program serves a population of approximately 486,000 residents living in the 1.5 million acres of unincorporated San Diego County. 

Volunteer Reserve Firefighters

The San Diego County Fire Authority (SDCFA) relies on volunteer reserve firefighters to assist with emergency medical services and firefighting throughout the unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

Newly hired Volunteer Reserve Firefighters will be assigned to one of the following modules:

1. Northern Division: North Module
2. Central Division: Central East Module

A Volunteer Reserve Firefighter performs a variety of volunteer functions including running emergency medical service calls, fighting fires, participating in training, maintaining a clean and safe environment at the station, and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will possess the following desirable traits: communicates and listens effectively, customer-focused, values and respects colleagues and superiors, teamwork and collaboration, demonstrates ethical behavior, and supportive of change.  

To obtain a complete description of the job of Volunteer Reserve Firefighter, click here.