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The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved funding to purchase equipment for use by Placer County volunteer firefighters. The funding OKd by the Board will be matched by funds from a federal program administered by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
In unincorporated Placer County, firefighting and emergency medical services are provided by CAL FIRE, which operates under contract as Placer County Fire, and six volunteer fire companies: Dry Creek, Fruitvale-Fowler, Thermalands, Paige, Sheridan and Dutch Flat. John Macel Downey Program Manager for the Placer County OES says the approved funding will purchase equipment for those volunteer agencies.
The 2014 Volunteer Firefighter Academy is scheduled to begin in February, 2014. Placer County Fire leads the efforts for this three-month academy, but it is an inter-agency academy, open to volunteers from other fire agencies in Placer County, including Alta Fire Protection District, Placer Hills Fire Protection District, Foresthill Fire Protection District, and Auburn Fire Department.
For anyone interested to applying to become a volunteer, please contact the Fire Chief at CAL FIRE headquarters (530) 889-0111.