Bringing all California resources together under a unified command
These agreements allow CAL FIRE to be the lead agency in providing fire, rescue, dispatch, and paramedic services to cities and towns in California that are not designated as state responsibility. This unified command relationship ensures that all resources are utilized to the fullest potential during emergencies, leading to greater success in response efforts. The CAL FIRE Cooperative Fire Protection Program staff are dedicated to coordinating these agreements and contracts, ensuring that emergency response in California is carried out smoothly and effectively.
California’s rich history, innovative spirit, and incredibly diverse geography and demographics continue to attract visitors from all over the world. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), has built strong working relationships with international partners and organizations through collaborative agreements.
The Deputy Chief of State, Federal, and International Programs within CAL FIRE is the initial point of contact for all international affairs. This includes negotiating and developing memorandums of understanding and coordinating international visits. International agreements foster cooperation and a commitment to share best practices, lessons learned, training opportunities, and mutual exchange of technical knowledge and expertise.
To facilitate safe and secure visits, international visitors requesting to tour CAL FIRE, need to complete and submit the Foreign National Screening Form and the following documents to CAL FIRE, 15 days before an official visit:
Volunteer Fire Capacity (VFC) Grant
The Volunteer Fire Capacity (VFC) Program is a federally funded grant program that allows California to provide local and rural fire departments with minor firefighting, training, communications and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters. The VFC Program is not intended for major equipment (fire engines, vehicles, etc.) or Capital repairs. The VFC Program has a 50/50 match requirement which means that the applying department must be able to meet the intended grant award, dollar for dollar. Awards for departments are set at a minimum of $500 with a maximum of $20,000. Amounts may be adjusted based on the grant funding available. For additional information please contact Megan Esfandiary at Megan.Esfandiary@fire.ca.gov or Bryan Giambrone at Bryan.Giambrone@fire.ca.gov.
Applications Period Closed.
Under what is known as the California Master Mutual Aid Agreement, CAL FIRE assists other fire departments within the State when local resources are depleted and Department resources are available, regardless of the type of disaster. In turn, CAL FIRE can access the local government fire departments through the same agreement for assistance in wildland fire suppression.
The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) can also request CAL FIRE assistance with non-fire emergencies when the Governor has declared a State of Emergency. Such was the case during the Northridge earthquake of 1993, Napa earthquake of 2014, floods of 1997 and the Oroville Dam incident in 2017 when CAL FIRE provided flood-fighting crews and incident management and logistical support services.
When California is under siege with wildland fires across the state and resources are stretched thin, agreements with our local government cooperators through the California Fire Assistance Agreement (CFAA) and the California Military Department provide for California National Guard resources. The local government agencies provide personnel and equipment throughout the state and the National Guard provide Fire Crews, C-130 aircraft known as Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), water dropping and medical rescue helicopters, support personnel, communications equipment, and other specialized resources.
Since the 1940s, local government entities such as cities, counties and districts have contracted with CAL FIRE to provide many forms of emergency services for their communities. CAL FIRE provides full-service fire protection to many of the citizens of California through the administration of 118 cooperative fire protection agreements in 31 of the State's 58 counties, 39 cities, 25 fire districts and 42 other special districts and service areas. As a full-service fire department CAL FIRE responds to wildland fires, structure fires, floods, hazardous material spills, swift water rescues, civil disturbances, earthquakes, and medical emergencies of all kinds. Local governments are able to utilize this diversity and experience through their contracts and agreements with the Department.
||San Luis Obispo||Tuolumne|
The following Cities have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs. CAL FIRE provides service to all the cities listed below. Service provided to cities within Riverside County is provided through cooperative agreements with Riverside County Fire. CAL FIRE provides service to Riverside County Fire through a cooperative agreement.
|Atwater||Dos Palos - MMU||Lake Elsinore - RRU||Palm Desert - RRU||Soledad
|Auburn||Eastvale - RRU||Livingston - MMU||Paradise||St. Helena
|Banning - RRU||Gridley
||Madera||Perris - RRU||Temecula - RRU|
|Beaumont - RRU||Gustine - MMU
||Menifee - RRU||Pismo Beach||Ukiah|
||Moreno Valley - RRU
||Rancho Mirage - RRU||Wildomar - RRU
|Calistoga||Indian Wells - RRU
|Coachella - RRU||Indio - RRU||Norco - RRU
||Rubidoux - RRU||Yucaipa
|Desert Hot Springs - RRU||La Quinta - RRU
||San Jacinto - RRU
Italicized Cities - Fire protection provided through a cooperative pass-through agreement
Fire Protection Districts
The following Fire Protection Districts have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Aromas Tri County||Deer Springs
||South Lake County
||Meeks Bay||South Monterey County
|Cloverdale||Fresno County||North Sonoma Coast||South Santa Clara County|
|Coatside||Hamilton City||North Tahoe
|Contra Costa County||Higgins
County Service Areas
The following County Service Areas (CSA) have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Fresno/Shaver Lake #31|
|Pajaro Dunes #1|
|San Mateo #1|
Community Service Districts
The following Community Service Districts have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Cameron Park||Newberry Springs|
|Dagget||North Bay Fire
|Loma Rica/Browns Valley||Yermo|
The following Water Districts have Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. Cooperative Fire Protection Agreements can be for a wide variety of services depending upon a local government entities needs.
|Arrowbear County Water District||Metropolitan Water District
|Butte County-Enhanced Hazard Abatement||Nevada County Fire Planner|
|Firenet Lassen||Sierra-Sac Valley EMS|
|Northstar||Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital|
|Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint College District|
Wildland Fire Agreements
The following Cities have Wildland Fire Protection Agreements with CAL FIRE. These agreements augment existing city fire department resources specifically for wildland fire fighting services.
|Anaheim||Lake Elsinore||Shasta Lake|
|Chino Valley Independent||Murrieta