The Auxiliary Firefighters were organized during World War II as part of a civilian defense force. Even though Stockton never suffered from an enemy attack, the 386 men who completed the six-month training program were so valuable that the program continues to this day.
The Stockton Auxiliary Firefighters are 40 highly trained men and women who carry on traditions and keep the spirit of Stockton's volunteer fire department alive. The Auxiliary Firefighters are on call 24 hours a day to provide backup to the fire department at all multiple-alarm fires.
The Auxiliaries train four hours weekly, along with 24 hours of ride-along time each month. Members are tested on firefighting skills and other aspects of the fire service and participate in public events held by the Stockton Fire Department.
18 years of age
Possess a valid California Driver's License
Possess and show proof of insurance for your vehicle
Live within a 45-minute response time to the City of Stockton
EMT within one year of appointment
CPAT within one year of appointment
Submit an email of interest with the candidate’s full name and contact phone number.
The appointment process includes:
Written exam covering basic reading comprehension, math, and mechanical aptitude
Background investigation (DOJ live scan, DMV printout)
All successful candidates will be invited to attend the SFD Auxiliary Academy. This training period consists of 16 weeks of classroom study accompanied by vigorous hands-on training.
All candidates who complete the Academy will be placed as a probationary Auxiliary. Probation is a six-month period in which the probationary Auxiliary attends all training sessions and participates in 24-hour shifts. During this time, they are required to:
Complete an SFD competency book of firefighting skills
Work toward becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Participate in weekly physical fitness training
Volunteer for special events
After completing probation, the Auxiliary becomes part of the rank and file. Duties include:
4-hour weekly drills on Wednesday evenings
24 hours per month (minimum) of ride-along time with an engine or truck company
Multiple alarm fires
Physical fitness training and testing
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
This position is an appointed member who oversees the operation of the Auxiliary program.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 7/5/2023