As California experiences more severe and complex disasters, including severe weather, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) works with local government fire departments in times of need.
The Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for its annual Eel River Valley Fire Academy. The academy is looking to recruit members for all the volunteer fire departments in Humboldt County.
A volunteer fire department in California is preparing to graduate 19 new recruits.
Among them is a retired nurse who is decades older than your average rookie firefighter.
Burnout starts when a volunteer firefighter ends up responding to 600 calls a year, said Bernie Paul, district chief for the South Yreka Fire District and president of the Fire Chief’s Association. Volunteers like Stanshaw are responding to about 1,000 calls per year. Since joining the YFD in 2021, he has responded to more than 2,200 calls.
A California couple whose gender-reveal pyrotechnic show sparked a massive blaze that killed a firefighter have both pleaded guilty — with the dad getting one year behind bars for involuntary manslaughter.
A former firefighter who has been jailed twice for wildland arson was arraigned last week on charges related to detonation of explosive devices along California roads.