County wants more volunteer firefighters

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Placer County is seeking volunteer firefighters to help staff fire stations throughout the unincorporated areas of the county, including stations in Sheridan and the Thermolands. While volunteers are not typically paid, they can be compensated for attending training and sometimes receive a stipend for responding to calls depending on the agency, according to the Placer County public information office. Depending on their qualifications and the need for volunteers at a particular station, volunteers may staff stations and fire apparatus. After passing the application process and completing a volunteer firefighter academy, volunteers are issued safety equipment and respond to calls for service. Becoming a volunteer firefighter is open to anyone but there are requirements for admission into the volunteer fire academy. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, in good health, have a valid driver’s license, take an oath of confidentiality, complete a volunteer registration form, pass a medical exam prior to acceptance, pass annual medical record reviews, meet respiratory fitness testing standards, meet grooming standards, have a clean driving record and pass a criminal background check. The next academy is expected to be conducted in early 2013. Call CAL FIRE/Placer County Fire at (530) 889-0111 for more information.