California Fire Volunteer
The small, unincorporated town of Santa Margarita has one of the last volunteer fire stations in San Luis Obispo County. It’s an important training ground for local firefighters, but it’s also facing challenges like storm damage and low funding.
On a warm summer evening, firefighters flood into Santa Margarita’s fire station on El Camino Real. As the training begins, the volunteer firefighters run through an updated version of their incident reports: documents they take to every emergency call to describe the incident in detail.
They’re sitting in rolling chairs against a freshly-plastered wall.