Bringing all California resources together under a unified command
These agreements allow CAL FIRE to be the lead agency in providing fire, rescue, dispatch, and paramedic services to cities and towns in California that are not designated as state responsibility. This unified command relationship ensures that all resources are utilized to the fullest potential during emergencies, leading to greater success in response efforts. The CAL FIRE Cooperative Fire Protection Program staff are dedicated to coordinating these agreements and contracts, ensuring that emergency response in California is carried out smoothly and effectively.
Volunteer Fire Capacity (VFC) Grant
The Volunteer Fire Capacity (VFC) Program is a federally funded grant program that allows California to provide local and rural fire departments with minor firefighting, training, communications and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters. The VFC Program is not intended for major equipment (fire engines, vehicles, etc.) or Capital repairs. The VFC Program has a 50/50 match requirement which means that the applying department must be able to meet the intended grant award, dollar for dollar. Awards for departments are set at a minimum of $500 with a maximum of $20,000. Amounts may be adjusted based on the grant funding available. For additional information please contact Megan Esfandiary at Megan.Esfandiary@fire.ca.gov or Bryan Giambrone at Bryan.Giambrone@fire.ca.gov.
Applications open through May 4, 2023 11:59 pm PST
Under what is known as the California Master Mutual Aid Agreement, CAL FIRE assists other fire departments within the State when local resources are depleted and Department resources are available, regardless of the type of disaster. In turn, CAL FIRE can access the local government fire departments through the same agreement for assistance in wildland fire suppression.
The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) can also request CAL FIRE assistance with non-fire emergencies when the Governor has declared a State of Emergency. Such was the case during the Northridge earthquake of 1993, Napa earthquake of 2014, floods of 1997 and the Oroville Dam incident in 2017 when CAL FIRE provided flood-fighting crews and incident management and logistical support services.
When California is under siege with wildland fires across the state and resources are stretched thin, agreements with our local government cooperators through the California Fire Assistance Agreement (CFAA) and the California Military Department provide for California National Guard resources. The local government agencies provide personnel and equipment throughout the state and the National Guard provide Fire Crews, C-130 aircraft known as Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), water dropping and medical rescue helicopters, support personnel, communications equipment, and other specialized resources.
Since the 1940s, local government entities such as cities, counties and districts have contracted with CAL FIRE to provide many forms of emergency services for their communities. CAL FIRE provides full-service fire protection to many of the citizens of California through the administration of 118 cooperative fire protection agreements in 31 of the State's 58 counties, 39 cities, 25 fire districts and 42 other special districts and service areas. As a full-service fire department CAL FIRE responds to wildland fires, structure fires, floods, hazardous material spills, swift water rescues, civil disturbances, earthquakes, and medical emergencies of all kinds. Local governments are able to utilize this diversity and experience through their contracts and agreements with the Department.
|Amador||Madera||Placer||San Luis Obispo||Yuba|
|El Dorado||Merced||San Diego||Sonoma|
The following Cities have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs. CAL FIRE provides service to all the cities listed below. Service provided to cities within Riverside County is provided through cooperative agreements with Riverside County Fire. CAL FIRE provides service to Riverside County Fire through a cooperative agreement.
|Auburn||Eastvale||Moreno Valley||Rancho Mirage||Willows|
|Atwater||Grass Valley||Menifee||Red Bluff||Yucaipa|
|Biggs||Indian Wells||Oroville||St. Helena|
|Desert Hot Springs||La Quinta||Perris||Ukiah|
|Lake Elsinore||Madera||Pismo Beach||Wildomar|
Fire Protection Districts
The following Fire Protection Districts have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Arcata||East Contra Costa||Lockwood||South Monterey Coast|
|Aromas Tri County||Elk Creek||Meeks Bay||South Santa Clara County|
|Cachagua||Fresno County||North Sonoma Coast||Squaw Valley|
|Cloverdale||Hamilton City||North Tahoe||Truckee|
|Cypress||Kanawha||San Diego County|
|Deer Springs||Kelseyville||South Lake County|
County Service Areas
The following County Service Areas (CSA) have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Fresno/Shaver Lake #31||Sonoma/Sea Ranch #40|
|Pajaro Dunes #1||Sonoma/Wilmar #40|
|San Mateo #1|
Community Service Districts
The following Community Service Districts have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Avila Beach||Morongo Valley|
|Cameron Park||Newberry Springs|
|Dagget||North Bay Fire|
|Loma Rica/Browns Valley||Yermo|
The following Water Districts have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Arrowbear County Water District||Nevada County Fire Planner|
|Butte County-Enhanced Hazard Abatement||Ramona MWD|
|Metropolitan Water District|
|Firenet Lassen||Sierra-Sac Valley EMS|
|Northstar||Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital|
|Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint College District|
Wildland Fire Agreements
The following Cities have Wildland Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. These agreements augment existing city fire department resources specifically for wildland fire fighting services.
|Beaumont||Lake Elsinore||Shasta Lake|
|Chino Valley Independent||Murrieta||Wildomar|