CSFA Volunteer Information

Committee for Volunteers

The Committee for Volunteers provides a resource for the membership dealing with specific problems relative to the volunteer fire service


Rural Fire Service Leadership, Retention & Recruitment Workshops​

  • Leadership Skills for Chiefs
  • Management Skills including collecting and reviewing volunteer applications, improving interviewing techniques, evaluating prospects, describing expectations, and motivating new volunteer
  • Retention techniques by anticipating retention challenges, creating a cohesive environment, and rewarding performance with incentive
  • Implementing a local volunteer recruiting campaign

Surplus Equipment Program

The CSFA Surplus Equipment Placement Program began in 1984 under the guidelines of CSFA and is administered by the CSFA Committee for Volunteers. If you have or can provide surplus equipment, please contact Dick Brown at rbrown@csfa.net

National Volunteer Fire Council Representative

Your CSFA NVFC representative is Dick Brown (Delegate) Email: dndbrown@caltel.com


DEEMED TO COMPLY: Firefighter Driver Licensing In California

Executive Summary - The issue of proper training, education and qualifications for apparatus operators is a key issue. National statistics have demonstrated time after time that apparatus accidents are a leading cause of firefighter injury and fatality. This document is being provided to the volunteer fire service as a tool to assure high quality consideration for apparatus operators who are chauffeuring emergency vehicles under emergency conditions. The document consists of a problem statement, documents from the DMV, and documents from the State Fire Marshal's Office, samples of program activity in the field and a recommended course of action by a local fire chief.

CSFA Volunteer Firefighters’ Length of Service Award Program

Sponsored by the California State Firefighters’ Employee Welfare Benefits Corporation (CSFEWBC). Recognizing those who serve. The Volunteer Firefighters Length of Service Award Program offers fire departments and districts the opportunity to recognize and financially reward firefighters for their years of dedicated service.  Send email to CSFA VLSA here:  vflsa@csfa.net

Live Fire Training

CSFA is actively working with SAFER grant funding to enhance the recruiting and retention efforts for the California fire service. In spring 2013 CSFA was awarded their 3rd statewide SAFER grant for. This 4 year grant award will provide live fire training courses to volunteer firefighters throughout California. There is no cost for these courses. Departments will need to enroll their volunteers and get them to and from the event. Twenty four (six per year) 2-day live fire training courses geared towards the specifications for Fire Control 3 certification will take place across California. Burn buildings and trailers will be rented and facilitated by experienced instructors in locations that will provide convenience for participation.  Download the flyer here!

​At most locations we contract with the Kelseyville Fire Protection district to utilize their live burn trailer. To learn more about what to expect with this trailer visit the Kelseyville website here.

2016 Live Fire Training Schedule

October 19th & 20th in Culver City

Sign up for Live Fire Training Here
The current schedule has completed. Please check back for new dates soon.

 

FSTI Volunteer Library

Your central resource for Volunteer information. This library is provided by the Fire Services Training Institute.

CSFA Fireline

Your go-to website for becoming a Volunteer in California.

Volunteer Survey

A perpetual online survey to continually gauge the pulse of California’s Volunteer Fire Service. The CSFA Committee for Volunteers is responsible for updating and collecting this survey data.


CSFEWBC SAFER Grant Information

The insurance branch of CSFA, California State Firefighters' Employee Welfare Benefit Corporation (CSFEWBC) has been fortunate enough to receive a $2.2 Million Safer Grant. This grant was awarded by the Department of Homeland Security to increase the recruitment and retention of additional Volunteer Emergency Responders. The grant is designed to offer benefits to Volunteer Emergency Responders in the State of California that meet the designated Standards of Performance.​


Volunteer Accident & Medical Plan

CSFEWBC has partnered with Provident Insurance to provide California volunteers with the best Accident & Health plans in the state. Provident offers a 10% discount on rates to all CSFA members. They have been insuring firefighters and their families since 1928. A variety of plan designs are available to volunteer departments.