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Napa County Do You Have What it Takes?
  • The NCFA helps protect over 125,000 citizens and has 9 all-volunteer fire stations. We protect thousands of tourists each year who travel to the northern California wine country. With an average of 3,049 fire and emergency service calls a year, our 9 volunteer fire companies serve mostly wild land areas and rural residential.
  • Volunteer firefighters who commit to 2.5 years of service to their department can earn a “STRIVE” reimbursement towards the costs of higher education, professional certifications, and student loan balance reduction.
  • Our volunteers receive state of the art training through the fire academy right in the heart of Napa County. No experience needed!
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NCFA SAFER Grant for College Tuition Reimbursement

The Napa County Firefighters Association carries the responsibility of manning 9 all-volunteer fire stations out of the 13 NCFD stations. NCFD provides over 300 hours of in-house training to meet California's required Firefighter 1 and 2, plus EMS First Responder standards. All new recruits receive an entry level physical and all required immunizations and our department encourages a daily physical fitness routine.

In effort to recruit new volunteer firefighters and promote increased participation and retention of existing firefighters, the NCFA is proud to offer a 4-year tuition reimbursement program utilizing SAFER Grant funds: State Tuition Reimbursement as Incentive for Volunteer Emergency Responders (STRIVE). It's the first program of its kind in the state of California! Eligible participants may receive up to $3000 per year, up to 2 years with a 5 year volunteer service commitment.

If you want to make a difference in your community, become a Volunteer Firefighter. If you want to create better opportunities for your future, apply for our tuition reimbursement program and go after that degree you have been striving for! NCFA is working hard to pave the way to stronger communities through a combination of volunteerism and higher education.

Check back here soon for application information.



Although local governments and departments establish different selection criteria, many departments require that volunteers:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Be healthy and in good physical condition
  • Complete basic fire & EMS training
  • Live in close proximity to the fire district
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Meet the minimum ongoing training requirements
  • Respond to a certain percentage of calls

Time requirements vary by department. Time commitment will depend on several factors, such as the number of calls the department receives, training requirements, shift versus on-call structure, and community activities in which the department requires volunteers to participate.

Volunteer departments prefer that volunteers have the ability to respond to calls 24 hours a day, although most departments still accept volunteers who are unable to leave work or other obligations to respond to a call.

Typically, departments pay for training and firefighting equipment. Volunteer firefighting is an unpaid position; however, some departments may provide stipends or reimburse volunteers for certain expenses.

*Volunteer requirements differ by department. If you have a specific question about requirements in your area, Contact Us



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STRIVE Tuition Reimbursement Program

Throughout Napa County, firefighters and communities are at risk because of the lack of volunteer firefighters to adequately protect people and property from fire and fire-related hazards. The NCFA recruitment and retention plan has a goal of increasing the number of qualified active volunteers in Napa County's fire service. The first component of the program entails a State Tuition Reimbursement as Incentive for Volunteer Emergency Responders (STRIVE). The goal of the program is to retain current emergency responders and attract new volunteers to the fire service. STRIVE will offer tuition reimbursement for up to 60 current and new volunteer emergency responders per year throughout the 4 year grant period.

Eligible participants will receive higher education tuition reimbursement up to $5,000 per year for every 2.5 years that they commit to membership in a volunteer fire or EMS department.

Program eligibility

The program encourages residents to stay in their communities for higher education. Guidelines provide a strategic plan to increase commitment levels to the department while maintaining standards in education curriculum. On-going minimum requirements must be met for program eligibility:

  • Active volunteer in good standing with department and respond to 25% of calls or departmental activities.
  • Meet academic requirements of the state institution with at least 2.5 GPA.
  • Agree to the Administration Guide for the STRIVE program.
  • Field of curriculum to be chosen by participant, and may include Fire Science.
  • Awarded grant funds may be used by spouse or child of eligible volunteer.
  • Student/Volunteer may opt to use these funds to pay down existing balances on student loans.
  • 30% to be awarded to women and minorities first.
  • Student/Volunteers residing in counties that border Napa County are also eligible to participate in this grant program.

Any inquiries may be directed to info@volunteerfirefighter.org.

For current participants, please use the forms below to administer your program and apply for tuition reimbursement.



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