City of Vernon California

Reserve Firefighter Program (Volunteer)

Vernon Fire Department has a well-developed and comprehensive Volunteer Reserve Firefighter training program. Our Reserve Firefighters are given an opportunity to gain valuable firefighting and EMS experience. As a added element to our engine company and truck company staff, our Reserve Firefighters are entrusted with providing Fire, Rescue, and EMS services in our community. Our Reserves also participate in regular training and professional development to stay current with their skills and knowledge.

Career Opportunities
Becoming a Reserve Firefigher with Vernon Fire Department is a great way to learn and practice specialized skills in preperation for a career in the fire service. Many of our Reserve Firefighters have been hired as a full-time firefighters with other agencies.


Firefighting is a challenging profession that requires dedication, compassion, and a commitment to serving the residents, businesses, and visitors of our community. Vernon Fire Department accepts applications for committed, hard-working individuals with the following required training minimums:

  • California Emergency Medical Technician Certification Verdugo Fire Academy Master Streams-02
  • Current CPR Certification
  • Current CPAT or Biddle Certification
  • Firefighter 1 Academy Graduate
  • California Class C Drivers License

Other desired training:

Reserve Firefighter Responsibilities
Reserve Firefighters are required to work a minimum of three, 24 hour shifts per month. In addition to responding to emergencies, Reserve Firefighters also perform daily station maintenance, assist with community education programs, participate in annual fire prevention inspections, contribute to a regular training regimen, and much more. Vernon Fire's reserve program gives members the experience of living and working in an active fire station.


Application Process and Probationary Period
Based on current needs, Vernon Fire Department periodically tests for Reserve Firefighters. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements participate in an oral interview and background investigation. Individuals selected will attend a short  mini-academy, to review basic training in Fire, EMS, and Rescue. Upon completion, individuals are assigned 24-hour shifts as a Probationary Reserve Firefighter and serve as the 4th-person on the engine company.  After 1-year of service, Reserve Firefighters can earn the California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1 Certification.

Become a Reserve Firefighter
Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at: 323 583-8811 Ext. 510

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