FIRE

Mount Shasta City Fire Department seeks volunteers

Skye Kinkade
Mount Shasta City Fire Department volunteers Emily Thomas and Takahiro Isenhart say their job is fun and exciting, though it does require time and training.

Mount Shasta City Fire Department is looking for new people to add to its roster of dedicated and responsible volunteers.

One result of the economic recession is an overall shortage of well-paying, flexible jobs in Siskiyou County, and because of that, many of the department’s volunteers have moved elsewhere to make a living, said Chief Matt Melo.

“We want to keep the tradition alive... we’ve been a volunteer fire department for more than 100 years,” Melo said.

There are currently 18 volunteer firefighters on the department’s roster, and Melo said they’d like to have 25. Of the 18 volunteers, only about 10 are able to respond to calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Volunteers receive a reimbursement for uniforms and certain types of calls. Medical aid and public assists are completely volunteer, and they make up 60 percent of the calls the department responds to, said Assistant Chief Eric Dyck.

Volunteers must live in the 96067 zip code, pass a background check, have a mostly clean driving record and pass a medical screen and/or physical examination.

You do not need to have any previous experience or training; the department provides all training necessary to be safe and comfortable performing the job, said Dyck.

Volunteer Takahiro Isenhart, who moved to Mount Shasta from San Mateo four years ago, said being a part of the department is fun and exciting. He enjoys the camaraderie and hanging out at the station.

Though he enjoys his job, Isenhart has applied to a fire department in Maryland and is awaiting a response. Before he moves to a bigger and busier city, Isenhart is doing all he can to find the MSCFD more volunteers.

He’s working on a recruitment video that’s on You Tube.

Melo said if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, applications are available online at ci.mt-shasta.ca.us/fire/volunteer.php

For more information, call the MSCFD at 926-7546.