Volunteer Firefighter FAQs

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To become a Volunteer Firefighter, please download and fill out the pdfEmployment Application48.94 KB.  Return in person or by mail to:

Kentfield Fire Protection District

attn: Volunteer Application

1004 Sir Francis Drake Blvd

Kentfield, CA 94904

Applications are processed when openings are available.  



Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter

Being a Volunteer Firefighter is an extremely rewarding experience. Firefighters make a difference in the community by coming to the aid of people in times of greatest need.  Life and death is often in the balance.  Kentfield Volunteer Firefighters have and will continue to positively impact the wellbeing of all people in this community.

We hire volunteer firefighters on a rotating basis as space allows.  The number of positions available differs depending on many different factors.  Each qualified applicant must successfully pass an interview, a physical agility test, a background check and a medical exam.

New volunteers that possess a CPR certification, a California State Firefighter I or an EMT with Fire 71, and a certificate of completion from a certified Fire Academy are typically brought onboard immediately.  

Minimum Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a valid CA class C driver license
  • Live within the service boundaries of the Kentfield Fire District or within an extended response boundary
  • Submit an employment application
  • Successfully pass a DMV and criminal background investigation

    If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Firefighter with our Department, and you meet the above requirements, please fill out the employment application and bring it to the Administrative Office or mail it to the address on the application. We accept applications year-round. If you have any further questions about the Volunteer Firefighter Program, please contact Fire Captain Dave Glenn.  

    Download and print a PDF application, below.


    How soon can I begin responding to emergencies?

    Once you are hired, if you have a certificate from a certified fire academy, you can begin responding to calls and participating in training as soon as the orientation process and basic training is complete.  If you do not have a firefighter 1 certificate, there will be additional training required before responding to emergencies.

    What happens when there is a fire while I am at work?

    Most employers in the community understand the importance of volunteer firefighting and will often allow volunteers to respond during work hours.  This must be arranged in advance with your employer or school.  Volunteers respond when they are able. When committed at work or out of the area, we hope others will respond, and that is why it is important to have more Firefighters.


    What happens if I miss a volunteer drill?

    It is to your benefit and the community’s benefit if you attend as much training as possible, but most events are not mandatory. We do understand that you may have other obligations. These training events will keep you well informed and in practice. Certain important events may be mandatory.  Volunteers must attend a certain percentage of drills, and respond to a certain percentage of calls for assistance.

    How will I know what to do?

    All required training is provided on Wednesday evenings. Training dates are subject to change.  Additional training and time may be required or offered outside of regularly scheduled volunteer drills.

    How much will it cost me?

    Nothing.  The Fire District pays for all required training and equipment.

    What does a Volunteer Firefighter do?

    Our Volunteers do nearly everything career Firefighters do: respond to fires, traffic accidents, hazardous materials incidents, calls for assistance and medical emergencies.  They participate in training and firehouse activities, and contribute to their community.

    Why are Volunteer Firefighters needed?

    During large or extended emergencies, additional trained firefighters are needed to assist with calls, cover fire stations, and support the professional firefighters. Kentfield Fire Protection District has a long, proud tradition of Volunteer Firefighters. The Volunteer Firefighters represent a large part of our organization. They are our second line of defense by responding to emergencies that occur in our community and supporting the full-time staff. Our Volunteer Firefighters donate their time, train to a high standard and participate in all aspects of Department functions.


    Contact Us

    1004 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
    Kentfield, CA 94904
    (415) 453-7464

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