Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services provides training, personal protective equipment, and support to 15 volunteer fire companies with over 350 volunteers. The volunteers are comprised of Board Members, Chiefs, Captains, Fire Fighters, and Support. Theses dedicated individuals serving the community they live in provide a valued service to the residents and visitors every day.
Fire companies respond to fires, vehicle accidents, hazardous materials, hazardous conditions, medical aids, and public assists. Some fire companies will respond part of the state wide mutual aid system aiding fire agencies all over the State of California during times of disaster.
Volunteer fire companies are trained to the same levels to full time paid fire agencies. They have similar equipment such as fire engines, water tenders, rescues, vehicle extrication equipment (Jaws of Life.) Volunteers go through a extensive Interview, background, and medical evaluation per department standards. Training is delivered in a structured environment by qualified instructors who have a high level of experience in the material delivered.
Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Operations and Training Division is staffed by the following.
- Assistant Chief of Operations
- Fire Instructors
- Fire Run Report Aid
- Logistics Support
- Training Captain
- Duty Chief Responders
The Assistant Chief of Operations and Training, assures all the volunteer companies meet mandatory training to comply with Occupational Safety and Health requirements including minimum training standards of the California State Fire Marshal's Office.
The Operations Division also coordinates all fire service activities within the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County served by Sonoma County Fire Companies, including:
- Advising the Board of Supervisors on fire service issues,
- Assisting with disaster/emergency response planning,
- Responding to emergency incidents, and
- Reviewing program and policy matters with the Board of Supervisors.