According to Jed Wilson, battalion chief for the Santa Cruz County Fire Department, the three-month program is designed to train new volunteers how to be firefighters as well as to familiarize them with the various agencies and regions of Santa Cruz County.
Each section of the training, he said, takes place at a different agency. For example, a class on auto extrication was led by Scotts Valley Fire District, while a unit on wildland fires was hosted at Cal Fire's Bonny Doon station.
“All the adjoining agencies are working together,” Wilson said. “It's really good on creating a good community.”
The course, he said, is held between February and April and meets every Wednesday evening, as well as weekends.
“If we get a new volunteer, we do this,” Wilson said.