Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The CERT concept was developed to assist citizens who may likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster.  CERT's mission is to provide a higher level of disaster preparednessr and to provide public education.  The program was implemented in 2003 and expands on the original concept and allows specific volunteers to work side-by-side with City emergency service workers. 


For additional CERT information, please call the Stockton Fire Department or view the  Community Emergency Response Team brochure.


Stockton Fire Explorers - Youth Volunteer Program  (Applications now open)

Established in 1995 in association with the Boy Scouts of America, the Stockton Fire Department (SFD) developed Explorer Post #1888.   The Stockton Fire Explorer Post is a youth-oriented program directed at helping young adults with an interest in fire service.


Explorers are always in search of energetic young men and women eager to learn more about the fire service.  Join the TEAM  – make a change for the better!



  • Stockton resident

  • Ages 16-20

  • GPA average of 2.0 or greater

  • Some purchases necessar,y including navy blue pants and black belt

  • Include your name, address, telephone number, age and name of the school where currently enrolled

Participants meet 3 to 4 times per month at the Stockton Fire Department - Company 2. to learn basic firefighting and first aid skills and participate in ride-alongs throughout the city's firehouses.  Much of the training is hands-on and supervised by SFD personnel.  Meetings also include public service projects and fundraising activities.


Explorers may participate in a bi-annual Explorer Conference sponsored by the Modesto Fire Department.  This Conference includes supervised overnight stays at the Regional Fire Training Center in Modesto, where Explorers learn what it's like to be a firefighter in an Academy setting. 


This program shows how hard work, discipline and a structured work environment in the fire service promote safety and teamwork to successfully complete a common objective.  Explorers also gain a sense of pride in serving the community.  


For additional information, view the brochure Stockton Fire Explorers or contact the Stockton Fire Department.


Stockton Fire Auxiliaries - Adult Volunteer Program 

The Auxiliary Firefighters, originally known as Auxiliary Firemen, were organized during World War II as part of a civilian defense force.  Even though Stockton never suffered from enemy attack, the 386 men who completed the six-month training program were of such value that the program continues to this day.


The Stockton Auxiliary Firefighters's group of 40 highly trained men and women carry on the traditions of old and help keep the spirit of Stockton's volunteer fire department alive. The Auxiliary Firefighters are on call 24 hours a day year round to provide valuable back-up to the fire department at all multiple-alarm fires.


The Auxiliaries train four hours weekly, along with 24 hours of ride-along time each month.  Members are tested frequently on firefighting skills and other aspects of the fire service to ensure highly effective Auxiliary Firefighters.  The Auxiliaries also participate in various public events held by the Stockton Fire Department.



  • 18 years of age

  • Possess valid California Drivers License

  • Possess and show proof of insurance for your vehicle

  • Live within a 45-minute response time to City of Stockton

  • CPR certified

  • EMT certified within one year


How to Apply

Submit an email of interest to sfd_auxrecruit@hotmail.com. The email should include the candidate’s full name and a contact phone number.


Appointment Process

  • Written exam covering the Essentials of Firefighting, 4th edition

  • Physical agility exam

  • Oral interview

  • Background investigation (DOJ live scan, DMV printout)



All successful candidates will be invited to attend the SFD Auxiliary academy.  This training period consists of 16 weeks of classroom study accompanied by vigorous hands-on training.


Probationary Auxiliary

All candidates who complete the Academy will be placed as a probationary Auxiliary. Probation is a six-month period in which the probationary Auxiliary attends all training sessions and participates in ride-alongs.  During this time, they are required to:

  • Successfully complete an SFD competency book of firefighting skills

  • Work toward becoming an Emergency Medical Technician

  • Participate in weekly physical fitness training

  • Volunteer for special events


Auxiliary Firefighter

After completing probation, the Auxiliary becomes part of the rank and file. Their duties include:

  • 4-hour weekly drills on Wednesday evenings

  • 24 hours per month (minimum) of ride-along time with engine and/or truck companies

  • Specialized training

  • EMS training

  • Multiple alarm fires

  • Physical fitness training and testing

  • Fundraising

  • Community programs

  • Public education

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

  • Continued education


Command Staff

Members who show leadership within the organization are given the opportunity to work as peer leaders in a committee called the Command Staff.  Each elected position is nominated by the Liaison. The positions include: President, Vice President/PIO, Secretary, Safety Officer, Operations Officer, Logistics Officer, Planning Officer, Recruit Officer and Wellness/PT Officer.


SFD Auxiliary Liaison

This poistion is an appointed member who oversees the operation of the Auxiliary program.


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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 4/14/2014