The Anaheim Fire Department Reserve Program’s core purpose is to augment the Fire Department in an administrative capacity and to enable it to view its reserves as potential firefighter candidates.
With approximately sixty members, the Anaheim Fire Department’s Reserve program supports various functions within the Fire Department to include: Fire Prevention, Services, Fire Administration, Community Relations, Fire Training and Mapping.
In Fire Prevention, reserves assist with fire prevention inspections, environmental projects and are sometimes assigned administrative duties as well. There are approximately ten reserves assigned to Fire Prevention, some of whom aspire to obtain an actual career in Fire Prevention. Those reserves whose ultimate goal is to work in suppression receive valuable training in the fire prevention field, which ultimately enhances their ability to compete as a firefighter candidate.
Services is responsible for the ordering and delivery of equipment and supplies to the fire stations. There are approximately ten reserves assigned to Services and these reserves become very familiar with the city’s geography and interface with firefighters in the stations on a daily basis.
Fire administration reserves work under the direction of the Fire Chief’s secretary and assist with various administrative projects.
Reserves assigned to Community Relations assist with the City AED Program. There are four reserves assigned to Community Relations, all of whom receive their AED/CPR Instructor’s Certification. Together, these reserves teach AED/CPR certification to the approximately 500 trained city employees on an ongoing basis. The reserves assigned to Community Relations also help to maintain the AEDs located throughout the city by replacing batteries and other AED supplies.
The Anaheim Fire Department Mapping Division trains reserves in computer graphics. Reserves utilize these skills to draw maps used by fire suppression personnel during emergency responses. There are approximately ten reserves assigned to Mapping.
The North Net Fire Training Center provides training to many of the Fire Departments in North Orange County. Reserves assigned to Training assist with equipment maintenance, training tower and facility maintenance and are often times assigned projects by the North Net staff.
One of the main goals of the Anaheim Fire Department is to prepare its reserves for a career in the fire Service. The Fire Department conducts hiring workshops to assist its reserves in becoming more competitive in the various hiring processes. Some of these workshops focus on oral interview skills, resume building and general tips on obtaining a Fire Service career. The Fire Department also offers free AED/CPR certification for its reserves. Fire suppression skills workshops are periodically held to teach basic firefighting skills. Some of the skills taught are hose lays, ladder evolutions, ropes & knots and tools and equipment familiarization.
The Anaheim Fire Department reserve program has tremendous success in preparing its reserves for a career in the fire service. Montebello Fire Battalion Chief Greg Mowad was an Anaheim Reserve and he shares his thoughts on the reserve program. “While working in Fire Prevention as an Anaheim Fire Department reserve, I was able to learn skills and obtain knowledge which helped to create an edge for me in the Fire Service testing process!”
In order to be eligible to become an Anaheim Fire reserve, candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age, an academy graduate, or currently enrolled in an accredited Fire Technology program. Candidates must also posses a current California Driver’s License and have a clean driving record.
The hiring process includes an application period, an oral interview and a background investigation. Based upon current needs, the Anaheim Fire Department periodically tests for reserves and then an eligibility list is established. Candidates interested in becoming a reserve may request an application at North Net Fire Training Center located at 2400 E. Orangewood Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806.