Volunteer Fire Departments Rule

Nearly two-thirds (65%) of volunteer firefighters have more than 5 years of service. There are an estimated 29,727 fire departments in the U.S. Of these, 2,651 departments were all career, 1,893 were mostly career, 5,421 were mostly volunteer and 19,762 were all volunteer.

Recruitment

Come join us as a Volunteer or as a Reserve.

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History

The Town of Julian is a California Historic Landmark (old gold mining town) and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Lake Cuyamaca is popular for fishing, camping, hiking and horse riding trails. JCFPD is responsible for fire protection and emergency medical services for the residents in this geographic area, as well as the influx of tourists and motorcyclists.

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An article in the San Francisco Chronicle on volunteers

As California burns, volunteer firefighters become harder to find.

Quote from San Francisco Chronicle article by Melody Gutierrez and Megan Cassidy 

“One-third of the 28,000 firefighters in California are volunteers, most of them in rural areas. Across the country, where 70 percent of firefighters are volunteers, departments say they are struggling to recruit new people for a dangerous job. The number of volunteer firefighters in the United States fell by 10 percent over the past three decades, even as the number of emergency calls tripled, according to the National Fire Protection Association, an industry trade group whose figures are often cited by the federal government.”

This trend does not seem to apply to the JCFPD. We just graduated 21 new firefighters from our Fire Academy March 3rd, and will be starting another academy next month. Since we put the word out we are looking for volunteers we have had nearly 80  applications in the last two months to come work for our community Fire Dept.. These new volunteers are an awesome group and very motivated to serve our the people in our community.

Vote NO on Measure A and keep JCFPD and all our Firefighters who want to work to serve our community without benefit of pay. This is the American way to serve and protect our  community.

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Fire Fighter Association gets presents ready for children of Julian/Cuyamaca

In a tradition started by Chief Kevin Dubler, just a few weeks ago #JCFPD firefighters did a boot drive to raise money to buy presents for the children of Julian. They stood on the street and stuck out the boot to help kids in Julian have a good Christmas!

Then they shopped and planned, making sure about 40 kids have some of their list to Santa filled! Firetrucks, Barbie houses, race cars and books were checked off the list. Saturday a jolly group of community members and firefighters joined for a wrapfest! There was joy, tape, and carols all round. Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

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Cal Fire Needs $234M Before Fall Fire Season

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Cal-Fire-Needs-234M-Before-Fall-Fire-Season-492639021.html

The California agency that fights wildfires says it’s about to exceed its budget and needs $234 million more.

Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott says in a letter to lawmakers Thursday that the agency spent $432 million through the end of August and had only about $11 million left.

Fire season generally picks up in fall, when winds and high temperatures can combine with dried-our forest and grasslands to create dangerous conditions.

Pimlott says Cal Fire would use some of the money to add firefighters and helicopters.

The Legislature budgets for firefighting based on the historical average costs. Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the past 10 years, but never this early.

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Cal Fire almost out of money, agency says

https://www.10news.com/news/cal-fire-almost-out-of-money-agency-says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV and AP) — Ahead of a fire season that usually picks up in the fall, Cal Fire says it’s almost out of money.

The agency’s director Ken Pimlott said in a letter to lawmakers that the agency spent $432 million through the end of August, leaving only about $11 million left for the rest of the year.

Cal Fire says it needs roughly $234 million more. The agency plans to use the additional funds to add firefighters and helicopters.

Fire season generally picks up in the fall, when high temperatures ad winds combine with dry forest and grasslands, creating dangerous conditions.

Cal Fire has requested extra money in seven of the last 10 years, but this is the first time the agency has asked for additional funds this early.

The legislature budgets for firefighting based on historical average costs.

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Support JCFPD

The safety of our residents & visitors in the backcountry is paramount. We’re proud to support our Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District & we thank them for always ensuring the safety of our community. We couldn’t be in better hands than those of our neighbors, friends & colleagues. Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers that support Julian & San Diego’s backcountry. #backcountrystrong  #goodwins #JCFPD

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