Resources & Links
PROUDLY SERVING THE ENTIRE CALIFORNIA FIRE SERVICE
CSFA’s SAFER grant – bringing resources to YOU
To assist in the recruitment efforts throughout the state, the CSFA has launched an integrated marketing campaign consisting of the following:
2023 through 2025
Media and awareness
During the remaining years of the grant award, CSFA will be providing Media Marketing, primarily through this website to help raise public awareness of the role of the volunteer fire service in California and as a resource for the state’s volunteer fire service. In addition $50,000 has been allocated to provide local volunteer fire departments with department-specific recruitment and community awareness materials.
Personal protective equipment and physicals for recruits
CSFA will provide reimbursement of up to $3275 for each newly-recruited volunteer for their personal protective equipment to departments that apply. Departments must apply to the grant manager with proof that recruit has passed an NFPA 1582 Physical and is fit for duty to qualify for reimbursement. This estimated is based on Helmet, $319.56, Hood, $48.33, Coat, $1350, Pants, $1045, Boots, $417 and Gloves, $94.49 for a total of $3271.38. Additionally, CSFA will provide up to $700 reimbursement to volunteer and combination departments that apply, for entry level NFPA 1582 compliant physicals for new recruits.
Training and professional development
Fire Academy reimbursements
In exchange for a two-year commitment to a recognized volunteer or combination fire department in the State of California, we will reimburse volunteer firefighters who successfully complete a OSFM recognized Fire Academy a total of $2500. The average cost of a State Firefighter 1 Academy is almost $4000, which is pricing many volunteer firefighters out of this training. This program will supplement their ability to get this training, and deliver new volunteer firefighters to departments across the State.
Free leadership recruitment and retention workshops
Reimbursement for travel and meals for department leaders to attend free two-day Leadership, Equality, Diversity, and Service (LEDS), and Behavioral Health Workshops. These workshops will be given 4 times a year at locations around the state, and will include recruitment through LEDS and retention through behavioral health.
Free live fire training
NFPA 1403 2-day Live Fire Training at various locations around the state.
Free membership in CSFA
Volunteer firefighters, not already members of CSFA can apply for a free one-year membership.