Volunteering with SLFPD
While the firefighters are the heart of the department, there are lots of opportunities to contribute if you have the time and inclination to help out the community.
Become a Firefighter
Did you know that every 911 call in our district (that doesn't involve just the sheriff) comes to the SLFPD? It's not just putting out fires. The department responds to motor vehicle accidents, fallen climbers, medical emergencies, unattended campfires, and, of course, structure and wildfires. If you have an emergency, it's your neighbors who are the first ones to come help.
Does the opportunity to help out the community appeal to you and do you think you've got what it takes to be a firefighter? Then we'd love to have you. It's a long and arduous journey but one that is incredibly rewarding. The department accepts new trainees once a year, depending on demand and trainer availability. Click here to fill out an application to join.
The initial training period takes about a year and consists of weeknight and weekend training sessions as well as responding to actual calls. Once a firefighter you'll be expected to respond to at least 10% of the calls to the district (we get ~140 a year total) and to attend trainings a few times a month. You'll also be expected to help out with the departmental operations such as managing a truck. It's a significant commitment but incredibly important work. As we say in the department, "the next call might be to your house".
If becoming a firefighter doesn't spark your interest, there are ample other opportunities to help out:
SLFPD Garage Sale
Every year around Memorial Day the department hosts its annual garage sale, which is its largest fundraising event, bringing in 10s of thousands of dollars to purchase equipment and supplies for the department.
Like everything in our district, this legendary event is entirely volunteer run and takes scores of people to accept and sort donations, set up tents, move furniture, etc etc. If you have some free time and would like to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLFPD Holiday Craft Fair
Every year in December the department hosts a local holiday craft fair for the community. It's made up of the incredibly talented people who live right around us and is a great place to buy gifts for others...or yourself. If you'd like to participate as a vendor or just want to help set up and tear down, contact Paula Schild who coordinates the activities.
Sugarloafer Against WildfireS (SAWS)
During the summer, groups of volunteers get together on the weekends to help mitigate wildfire risk in our community. The areas are decided by the coordinators but the benefits are felt by all. And best of all, we have an amazing potluck lunch afterward. If you'd like to learn more, check out the SAWS site.
NOTE: SawS events are currently on hold for 2018