Volunteers In Prevention

The Volunteers in Prevention (VIP) program is an integral part of CAL FIRE’s fire prevention and public education program. Volunteer activities complement the information and education.

CAL FIRE initiated the VIP program on July 1, 1980. The program was authorized by the California State Government Volunteers’ Act enacted by SB 1950. The program was established to aid the dwindling fire prevention staffs. The VIP program utilizes citizen volunteers in a variety of prevention activities such as child safety education programs, fairs, parades, and public information. Because of the success in reducing fires, the VIP Program has grown to 2500 volunteers strong (statewide). It is a partnership of people in the community and CAL FIRE working together to reduce fires and educate the public in fire prevention and safety measures.

CAL FIRE involves and utilizes citizens and public service groups to promote public safety education. VIP’s assist CAL FIRE in the prevention of the ignition and initial spread of unwanted human cause fires, with the emphasis upon the prevention of large, damaging fires.

On their own initiative, minor and adult VIP’s provide goods or services without any financial gain. Volunteers do not replace paid employees; instead, their efforts supplement and extend the services of CAL FIRE.

Who Can Be a Volunteer-in-Prevention?

Because of the flexible nature and variety of functions that the VIP program provides, virtually anyone can become a VIP. The program currently has men and women participants ranging in experience from professionals to students, and boy scouts to retirees. 

VIP Activities

As a VIP, there are numerous activities in which to participate. Listed below is a sample of yearly activities:

  • Fair exhibits and displays            
  • Staff booths and provide fire prevention information
  • Wear Smokey or Sparky Costume (voluntary)
  • Assist CAL FIRE Information Officer during large fires
  • When large fires are occurring there is a heavy demand by the public and the media for information. After being properly trained, VIPs may be called upon to staff information centers to meet this demand.
  • Office Support for VIP and Fire Prevention program
  • Occasionally VIPs are asked to assist staff in preparing program-required materials or other related activities.
  • Fire Prevention education programs
  • Visit schools and other community organizations to present the Fire Prevention story and answer questions about the CAL FIRE.

We hope that this information helps you understand the VIP Program and its importance. Should you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact 530-538-7888.