Volunteers In Prevention

CAL FIRE VIPs More Than 25 Years of Service

On July 1, 1980, CAL FIRE formally implemented, and supported with redirected funds, an innovative and creative fire prevention program called the Volunteers in Prevention (VIP) Program. A Budget Change Proposal (BCP) redirected nine fire captain specialists and 110.4 fire prevention assistant person-months, restored by Senate Bill 201, to the CAL FIRE budget for the permanent initiation of this ground-breaking fire prevention program. Some $270,000 was budgeted to support the program annually.

The objectives of the VIP Program were to involve and utilize citizens and public service groups in non-salaried positions to reduce man-caused fires by 10 percent per 100,000 population within seven targeted areas: Lake-Napa, Shasta, Nevada,-Yuba-Placer, Amador-El Dorado, Santa Clara, Riverside and San Diego.

Today, there are approximately 2500 VIP's statewide, in all 21 CAL FIRE Units, averaging over 60,000 hours of volunteer service to CAL FIRE. In exchange CAL FIRE pays meals and mileage for their expenses.

History has shown that when VIP teams provide fire prevention teaching in grades K-3rd, child-related fires in those areas have dropped by 50 percent. In addition, VIPs educate thousands of children and their parents about fire prevention by participating in fairs, displays, and parades each year. Volunteers are trained to make preliminary wildland homeowner property inspections for fire safety as required by Public Resources Code 4291, and to discuss with homeowners ways to make their homes fire safe. These one-on-one contacts are an increasingly important education tool as the population in California's wildlands continues to grow.

VIPs are trained to assist CAL FIRE's efforts during wildland fires and other emergencies by providing information to the media and public. A specialized group of volunteers (HAM radio operators and CB radio groups) provide additional communication networks for CAL FIRE during emergencies including wildland fires, earthquakes, and floods.

To find out more about becoming a VIP, contact your nearest CAL FIRE Unit.

 

VIP COORDINATORS

UNIT
NAME
NUMBER
Amador-El Dorado Unit (also serving Alpine and Sacramento)
Teri Mizuhara
(530) 647-5239
San Bernardino Unit (also serving Inyo and Mono)
Bill Peters
(909) 881-6923
San Benito-Monterey Unit
Jonathan Pangburn
(831) 333-2600
Butte Unit
Mary Ann Aldrich
(530) 538-7888
San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
Cherie Alver
(831) 335-6740
Fresno-Kings Unit
Stacey Nolan
(559) 493-4343
Humboldt-Del Norte Unit
Cricket Baird
(707) 726-1225
Lassen-Modoc Unit (also serving Plumas)
Leah Sandberg
(530) 294-5289
Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
Suzie Blankenship
(707) 576-2342
Mendocino Unit
Julie Cooley
(707) 459-7425
Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit
Karen Guillemin
(209) 966-3622
San Diego Unit
Roxanne Provoznik
(619) 590-3125
Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit
Lynne Tolmachoff
(530) 889-0111
Riverside Unit
Public Affairs Office
(951) 940-6779
Santa Clara Unit
Chris Morgan
(408) 778-8609
Shasta-Trinity Unit
Linda Galvan
(530) 225-2424
Siskiyou Unit
Suzi Brady
(530) 842-3518
San Luis Obispo Unit
Es Berliner
(805) 543-4244
Tuolumne-Calavares Unit
Nancy Longmore
(209) 754-2744
Tehama-Glenn Unit
Kevin Colburn
(530) 528-5124
Tulare Unit
VACANT
(559) 636-4124

 

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