Become a Firefighter

Become a Firefighter

What are the benefits of being a volunteer firefighter or EMT?

Volunteer first responders help their fellow citizens in times of need. Volunteers enjoy a sense of accomplishment, achievement, and pride in the work they do. In addition, volunteers get to learn new skills, make new friends, be a part of a team, give back to their community, and make a real difference.

As a volunteer with the Zayante Fire Protection District, benefits include pay per call, specialized/technical training, reimbursements for items such as food or gas, tax exemptions or deductions (see your tax professional for qualifications), insurance coverage, tuition assistance, live-in programs for qualified volunteers, seasonal strike team pay, business discounts, uniforms and department paraphernalia.

What are the minimum requirements I need to meet to be a volunteer firefighter or EMT?

Our department has a few minimum requirements one must meet before joining.

  • Minimum age requirement – 18
  • Minimum education requirement- High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Having a valid Class C driver’s license
  • Passing a Live Scan background check
  • Completing a physical evaluation
  • Proof of residency within certain geographic boundaries
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If successful in completing and passing the above items, you will be enrolled in a fire academy.  This fire academy runs during the months of February – April.  The fire academy includes all fire agencies in Santa Cruz County with volunteer fire fighters.  The fire academy is rewarding but time and energy intense.

What will I do as a volunteer?

These are some of the many and varied activities of a volunteer firefighter;

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Response
  • Search and Rescue
  • Public Information and Education
  • Fire Safety Inspections
  • Fundraising
  • Public Events