Volunteer Program FAQ


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Service Expectations

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  • Will I get paid to volunteer?

    Yes. Although volunteer reserve firefighters with the SDCFA are not employees, you do receive a stipend payment. The stipend payment has the following breakdown per 24 hour shift:

    - Entry Level Reserve Firefighter = $95.00

    - Journey Level Reserve Firefighter = $110.00

    - Senior Level Reserve Firefighter= $130.00

    - Volunteer Fire Apparatus Engineer = $145.00


  • Does SDCFA provide my Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

    Yes. The San Diego County Fire Authority does provide your turnouts for your service.

  • Does SDCFA reimburse me for mileage?

    No. Gas is the individual volunteer’s responsibility. 

Training Opportunities

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