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The Orange County Fire Authority Fire Corps provides service minded citizens opportunities to assist our OCFA with community festivals, fairs and other outreach events.

The Orange County Fire Authority's Fire Corps Program is a community-based program. This program gives members of the community the opportunity to augment OCFA suppression and professional staff within various functional areas of the OCFA.

Fire Corps volunteers donate their time to the community solely based on civic and humanitarian reasons. Fire Corps volunteers receive no financial gain for their voluntary participation in this program. The OCFA Fire Corps Program is managed through the Community Volunteer Services Office.



How To Become An OCFA Fire Corps Volunteer

  • Submit an online application   Apply Now  
  • Attend an OCFA Orientation Meeting.
  • Complete a Live Scan and background check.



Essential Functions

Under the direction of OCFA suppression and/or professional staff, Fire Corps volunteers will augment staff in a cost-effective manner to assist with daily tasks in the various functional area of the OCFA such as:

  • Administrative - filing, answering telephones, greeting visitors, miscellaneous office work
  • Logistics - deliveries to RFOTC sections, helping in warehouse, deliveries to fire stations
  • Emergencies - assisting at the Incident Command Post or Incident Base with non-technical and non-safety tasks
  • Disasters - staffing of informational phone bank, distributing disaster supplies, assisting at the Emergency/Department Operations Centers
  • Community Education - assist OCFA community educators with delivery of school and community programs
  • Fire Prevention - assist the OCFA Fire Prevention Department with inspections, education, and targeted programs, such as Ready, Set, Go.
  • Ceremonies and events - assist at various events of the OCFA with set-up, support, clean-up, parking, serving refreshments, etc.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application submittal
  • Must possess a valid California Driver License
  • Must be able to pass a Live Scan and background



Supplemental Information

  • Fire Corps volunteers must attend an initial informational meeting and initial orientation training PRIOR to volunteering in any capacity.
  • Each Fire Corps volunteer is required to commit to volunteering a minimum of 16 hours per month.


History

Following the terrorist events on 9/11/2001, President George W. Bush, announced the formation of the USA Freedom Corps in his 2002 State of the Union Address. The formation of the Freedom Corps was to foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility for the American people. One of the initiatives of the Freedom Corps is the Citizen Corps Programs, which share a goal of American communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters, terrorism, crime, public health, and other emergencies. There are currently 2446 Citizen Corps Programs, which serve 229,222,943 people, or 80% of the total US population.

The Fire Corps Program was launched in 2004 to compliment the other Citizen Corp partner programs: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Neighborhood Watch, and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS). Fire Corps is a partnership of several organizations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Volunteer and Combination Officer's Section (IAFC/VCOS), the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), and the Fire Corps National Advisory Committee. The program's goal is to support and supplement resource-constrained fire departments through the use of citizen volunteers for non-emergency activities.