Volunteer Program

Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer firefighters are the core suppression force for our department for which they provide fire suppression, Search & Rescue and EMS delivery at the First Responder or EMT level. Volunteers train three drill nights every month in addition to specialized training that is scheduled within the department and with other mutual aid agencies. Like any career or combination department, volunteers are highly trained, skilled, professional and are passionate about what they do. 

About half of our Volunteer Firefighters live within the Winters community, leaving the other half living in surrounding communities throughout the Yolo, Solano and Sacramento region.

FirefightersThe WFD conducts recruitment for Volunteers 2-3 times each year. Our ability to attract and retain Volunteer Firefighters continues to be a critical need to provide adequate staffing each day. We solicit our program to various sources utilizing our social media, flyers and also to Solano Community College. Many of our Volunteer Firefighters remain in our organization for up to 2-3 years before moving on to other organizations such as CAL Fire or where they receive full-time employment with other fire departments.

Interested in volunteering with the Winters Fire Department? Please fill out the interest form via the link below:

Resident/ Reserve Volunteer Interest Form

For more information, please contact Captain Matthew Schechla, by phone 530-795-4131 ext. 230 or by email at matthew.schechla@wintersfire.org.

Resident Volunteer Firefighter

  • Must be 18 years old.
  • Residency Requirement- Live within the Winters City or District.
  • Complete a WFD Firefighter Taskbook.
  • Participate in monthly Training Drills.
  • Respond to 10% of annual calls.
  • Successfully complete 12 months’ probation.

Reserve Volunteer Firefighter

  • Must be 18 years old.
  • Complete a California State Fire Marshal approved Fire Academy or have a Firefighter I certificate.
  • Participate in a minimum of three 24hr shifts each month.
  • Complete a WFD Firefighter Taskbook.
  • Successfully complete 12 months’ probation.

We are now recruiting for Reserve Volunteer Firefighters.

About Us: Winters has a population of approximately 7,300 residents in three square miles and is located in the southwestern corner of Yolo County, just east of Lake Berryessa and the Blue Ridge Coastal Range. The broader Winters community includes unincorporated pristine farmland and rolling hills with orchards and vineyards. Residents love Winters for its friendly, small-town atmosphere, community events, and easy access to outdoor activities, and its charming, historic downtown boasts one of the more vibrant downtowns in Northern California, including farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, breweries, coffee houses, and boutiques. Just thirty miles from Sacramento and an hour to the San Francisco Bay, Winters is perfectly situated in the countryside with convenient access to suburban and metropolitan areas. 

Volunteer Position: Under the general direction of a Shift Captain, a Reserve Firefighter may be required to effectively perform duties involving the protection of life and property from fire and other emergencies while assigned to an engine; maintain station: inspect, test, and maintain equipment and fire apparatus; conduct training during shifts, maintain reports, and other duties as specified by the Shift Captain. A Reserve Firefighter is responsible for the efficient and accurate completion of tasks assigned to him/her by their Shift Captain.  The Reserve Firefighter is recognized as a volunteer and not a member of the regular full-time staff for City benefits or retention rights.

Shift Requirements: Maintain a minimum of three 24-hour shifts per month. Attend monthly Volunteer Business Meeting on the first Wednesday of each month; a new volunteer participates under the Sleeper Program and must meet certain requirements to maintain status.

Stipend: This is a volunteer position. We provide a taxable stipend of $75.00 per 24-hour shift.