Returning Veterans; Enlisting Their Skills for CAL FIRE Service


From the CAL FIRE family to veterans, active service members and their families, "Thank you for your service and sacrifice."

Recognizing the hardships, accompanying reintegration into the civilian workforce, as well as the valuable skills and experiences those who are serving, who have served, and those who have supported someone in the service possess, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has launched the R.V.E.T.S. program. R.V.E.T.S. is CAL FIRE’s grassroots effort to assist veterans, service members, and their families with integration and transition into service with the Department and the State of California. In partnership with a variety of organizations including; but not limited to, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), the California National Guard (Cal Guard), the Employment Development Department, and various branches of the military, R.V.E.T.S. explores a variety of employment options and educational opportunities for veterans who have successfully served as well as those who continue to serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

For those who are not familiar with the State's civil service system, obtaining employment with the State of California can seem daunting at times. This page is designed as a resource for Veterans, active service members, and their families by providing a broad overview of the civil service process and providing links to various informational websites. For detailed information on the civil service process above and beyond what is provided below, please visit the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR).

22 Push-Up Challenge 

Join us and the many others in creating public awareness on veteran suicide and how to prevent it. In a crisis, your actions could help save a life – be aware, get involved, seek help.

Veterans Assistance

The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans and their families with qualified and caring responders, from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text feature. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255, to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.



Also available, although not exclusive to veterans and their families, State of California employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided via a State contract with Magellan Healthcare. EAP is confidential and provides a specific number of free counseling sessions to employees and family members on a variety of topics. Magellan has thousands of qualified counselors available statewide and can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year at 1-866-EAP-4SOC (866-327-4762), or TDD 1-800-327-0801 for immediate crisis support.