Contract Counties are responsible for the first response to fires on the SRA. When a wildfire escapes this first attack, CAL FIRE responds with firefighting resources to support the county. The California Department of Forest and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is responsible for fire protection in Areas of State Responsibility (SRA). SRA is located in 56 of California`s 58 districts and covers more than 31 million hectares. “The California Fire Assistance Agreement is an important instrument for the use of mutual fire assets in the event of an emergency,” said Brian Marshall, State Fire and Rescue Chief. “This agreement helps keep Californians safe by allowing firefighter personnel and local government resources to be pre-positioned to deal with critical weather events such as red flag conditions, Santa Ana winds, and/or heavy rains.” The following cities have entered into wildland fire protection agreements with CAL FIRE. These agreements complement the existing resources of municipal firefighters specifically for fighting forest fires. The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program is a state-funded grant program that allows California to equip local and rural firefighters in small fire brigades with small fire, training, communication, and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters. The VFA program is not intended for large equipment (fire trucks, vehicles, etc.) or capital repairs. The VFA program has a 50/50 compliance requirement, which means that the applicant department must be able to meet the planned grant premium in dollars.
Rewards for departments are set at at least 500 $US, with a maximum of 20,000 $US. Amounts can be adjusted on the basis of available grants. For more information, please contact Megan Esfandiary at Megan.Esfandiary@fire.ca.gov or Doug Ferro at D.Michael.Ferro@fire.ca.gov. Since the 1940s, local authorities, such as cities, counties and districts, have contracted with CAL FIRE to provide many forms of emergency services to their communities. CAL FIRE offers many California citizens comprehensive fire protection. CAL FIRE is currently licensed to operate 39 nature conservation camps across the country, which house nearly 4,300 inmates and protected persons. These camps are run in collaboration with the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Thanks to this collaboration, CAL FIRE has the right to operate 196 fire crews throughout the year. These crews are available to respond to all kinds of emergencies such as wildfires, floods, search and rescue, and earthquakes.