Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department
20223 Elfin Forest Rd. Elfin Forest, CA 92029 Phone: 760-744-2186 Fire Chief: Frank Twohy
We Want You at the EFFD!
If your neighbor's house caught fire, wouldn't you want to do more than watch?
Of course, you would. We would like to offer a suggestion: become a volunteer fire fighter. It's a great way to do something important for your community, and for yourself. But to be a volunteer fire fighter, you'll need more than just a desire to help people. You'll also need courage and dedication, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges. If you think you qualify for this kind of job, come down to the fire station and talk to us. Watching can be a helpless feeling. We don't have to tell you what kind of a feeling you'll get from helping.
The Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department is always looking for new members. The department offers our membership several areas to work in. We have people who are strictly fire fighters, fire medics, or auxiliary. Whether you want to be on the front lines or help in the background organizing our programs and maintaining the high level of service provided by our department, we've got the opportunity for you. All training and equipment are provided.
Be part of one of the most progressive volunteer emergency response organizations in the state. Training is provided and the benefits are awesome.
If you are at least 18 years old and willing to serve your fellow citizens as a firefighter or emergency medical provider, the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department is looking for you. From college students new or moving to this area, to life-long Elfin Forest/ Harmony Grove area residents, if you have the time to dedicate to your community we would love to have you.
WHAT YOU GET!
Besides being a member of one of the most progressive, well-organized and one of the most well known and respected volunteer fire departments in California there are numerous benefits to being a volunteer at the Elfin Forest/ Harmony Grove FD. Among them:
• Free Training: All firefighting training is provided
• Respect: from every member of your community.
• • Accomplishment: To be train as a firefighter and you will develop knowledge and skills few can claim.
• Friendship: some of your strongest social ties you’ll ever make will be with your brother and sister volunteers...people who share your commitment and ideals.
• • Satisfaction: nothing beats the sense of fulfillment that comes from doing an important job well while helping your community.
To start, you can stop by our firehouse (at 20223 Elfin Forest Road) weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm. The office staff can start you off with an application, and describe more about volunteer opportunities!
State of California
230.3. (a) No employer shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against an employee for taking time off to perform emergency duty as a volunteer firefighter, a reserve peace officer,
or emergency rescue personnel.
(b) Any employee who is discharged, threatened with discharge, demoted, suspended, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment by his or her employer because the employee has taken time off to perform emergency duty as a volunteer firefighter, a reserve peace officer, or emergency rescue personnel shall be entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer. Any employer who willfully refuses to rehire, promote, or otherwise restore an employee or former employee who has been determined to be eligible for rehiring or promotion by a grievance procedure, arbitration, or hearing authorized by law, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(c) Subdivisions (a) and (b) of this section shall not apply to any public safety agency or provider of emergency medical services when, as determined by the employer, the employee's absence would hinder the availability of public safety or emergency medical services.
(d) (1) For purposes of this section, "volunteer firefighter" shall have the same meaning as the term "volunteer" in subdivision (m) of Section 50952 of the Government Code.
(2) For purposes of this section, "emergency rescue personnel" means any person who is an officer, employee, or member of a fire department or fire protection or firefighting agency of the federal government, the State of California, a city, county, city and county, district, or other public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of this state, or of a sheriff's department, police
department, or a private fire department, whether that person is a volunteer or partly paid or fully paid, while he or she is actually engaged in providing emergency services as defined by subdivision (e) of Section 1799.107 of the Health and Safety Code.
230.4. (a) An employee who is a volunteer firefighter, and works for an employer employing 50 or more employees, shall be permitted to take temporary leaves of absence, not to exceed an aggregate of 14 days per calendar year, for the purpose of engaging in fire or law enforcement training.
(b) An employee who works for an employer employing 50 or more employees who is discharged, threatened with discharge, demoted, suspended, or in any other manner discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment by his or her employer because the employee has taken time off to engage in fire or law enforcement training as provided in subdivision (a), is entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer.
(c) An employee seeking reinstatement and reimbursement pursuant to this section may file a complaint with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement in accordance with Section 98.7, and upon receipt of such a complaint, the Labor Commissioner shall proceed as provided in that section.
The National Volunteer Fire Council is a non-profit membership association representing the interests of the Volunteer Firefighters, EMS and rescue services. Organized in 1976, the NVFC serves as the voice for the volunteer fire service. The NVFC is the volunteer fire service’s representative in the national policy arena and on numerous national and international committees and organizations. Each state’s Firefighter’s Association elects a representative to the NVFC.
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