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Fire Auxiliary and Fire Explorer Programs
Torrance Fire Auxiliary Program
The City of Torrance Fire Department Auxiliary Fire Fighter program provides Fire Academy graduates with an opportunity to apply their acquired skills and gain insight, while preparing for a fire service career. Auxiliary Fire Fighters respond to emergencies, assist with Fire prevention inspections, and maintain apparatus, equipment and stations. They also participate with training and public education. View the program flyer here.
Participants in this internship program will be expected to commit to volunteer (unpaid) one year of service. The schedule for this program is one 24 hour shift per week.
When you successfully complete this one year training program, participants will be equipped to enter a career as a Fire Fighter and eligible for:
- Firefighter 1 Certification from the Office of State Fire Marshal
- Opportunity for promotional consideration as a Torrance Fire Fighter
The Minimum Requirements to become a Fire Auxiliary are:
- Graduation from a California State Certified Fire Academy
- California Emergency Medical Technician-1 Certification
- A valid CA Drivers License
- Current CPAT or Biddle Certification prior to start date.
Please email above documentation to Janice Tersigni at JTersigni@TorranceCA.Gov
For questions about the program or application process, please contact Administrative Services Manager, Sally Oliver at SOliver@TorranceCA.Gov. The City of Torrance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Torrance Fire Explorer Program
Applications are currently being accepted for the Fire Explorer program, please apply here.
Fire Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women. The City of Torrance Fire Department, and Learning for Life, in a joint partnership, bring the career of firefighting to life by offering youth participants an opportunity to learn about the fire service firsthand.
Fire Explorers, under close supervision, participate in non-hazardous activities that will familiarize participants with the nature and demands of the fire service. In addition to learning about the fire service, the main goal of the Fire Explorer Program's is to provide young adults with a sense of responsibility to their community through ongoing community-based activities. Fire Explorers will train in five areas of development: Career, Character, Service, Life Skills, and Leadership Experience.
The Fire Explorer is the entry level position in the Torrance Fire Department's "Grow Our Own" series. This is the very first opportunity to learn and understand about a career in the fire service at its most basic level. Fire Explorers with the Torrance Fire Department will learn how to prepare themselves to be competitive in a very aggressively sought after career within the fire service.
Fire Explorers work under the immediate supervision of a Firefighter who is the Explorer Post Advisor. Fire Explorers are assigned to specified duties and activities based on completed training and demonstrated ability and experience. The organizational structure of the Explorer Post is similar to that of the Fire Department. This allows for the development of leadership skills and abilities to be nurtured and utilized within the young adults participating.
Example of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Participates in drills and training in firefighting techniques
- Sets up and uses fire hose, ladders, and other firefighting equipment
- Maintains fire station, fire apparatus, and equipment
- Learn pre-fire planning and fire prevention
- Learn hydrant maintenance program
- Participates in public education and community outreach
- Participates as an observer in the Fire Explorer Ride-Along Program
- Performs various other duties as assigned
The Minimum Requirements to become a Fire Explorer are:
- Must be a registered member of the Learning for Life exploring subsidiary
- Must be between the ages of 16 and 20 and have completed the 10th grade.
- Must be enrolled in school and possess and maintain a 2.5 (C average) or greater GPA
- Must pass the Torrance Fire Department's Fire Explorer Program Physical Agility Test
- Must have no serious arrests and/or convictions
- Must maintain the Torrance Fire Department grooming standards
- Possession of a valid CA Class C Drivers License is desirable
The Selection Process:
The selection process will consist on an application review and oral interview. Interviews are scheduled on an as needed basis and recruitment for Fire Explorers is conducted on a continuous basis.
Work is performed both inside and outside in seasonal climate and weather conditions. Elevated heights, slippery surfaces, oily conditions, dust, dirt, smoke, heat, hazardous substances, chemicals, and odors are conditions frequently encountered. Physical demands include heavy lifting (minimum of 50 lbs) and carrying of fire equipment while working in required protective clothing. Work requires manual dexterity to assemble fittings and perform hose and ladder placement evolutions. Bending, stooping, running, squatting, pulling and climbing are also required.
For questions about the program or application process, please contact Fire Explorer Advisor, Firefighter Dushone Roman at BFournier@TorranceCA.gov or at 310-781-7000.
The City of Torrance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Reserve Fire Inspector Program
This exciting new program will assist students currently enrolled or having completed an accredited college or university with major coursework in fire technology, fire science or related fields. The opportunity will be given to apply acquired skills and gain insight, while preparing for a career as a Fire Inspector.
Reserve Fire Inspectors will assist the Community Risk Reduction Division to initiate Fire Prevention assigned inspections and re-inspections. The program will also provide public assistance, gather new business information, assist with complaints, and provide administrative support while assisting with public education events, activities, and other duties provided to the community through the division.
The volunteer/non paid internship program will provide meaningful on the job experience and will assist the candidate with developing valuable written and verbal communication skills, while working alongside professionals currently in the field.
How do I qualify?
To qualify, candidates must be:
- 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED
- Currently enrolled or have completed courses in fire science/technology course work
- Successful completion of Fire Prevention classes 1A and 1B
- Valid California driver’s license
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to adhere to the uniform and grooming standards of the Torrance Fire Department
What is the Schedule?
Participants in the Reserve Inspector Program will be expected to commit to volunteer for one year of service in the program with an option of a second year by invitation. The schedule of the program is one 6-8 hour shift per week
What are the Benefits of this Program?
When you successfully complete this training opportunity, participants will be better equipped to enter a career as a Fire Prevention Specialist/Officer.
The focus will be on basic to advanced understanding and exposure in conducting fire and life safety inspections of various occupancy types, experience in conducting construction and tenant improvement inspections, basic to advanced understanding and experience in the operation and inspections of various fire protection equipment and systems. Ability to research, interpret and apply fire and life safety codes in a variety of inspection scenarios as well as familiarization to Hazardous Materials compliance and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance.
How to Apply
We are currently recruiting for Reserve Fire Inspector. Please check the Human Resources Page for the Application.
If you are interested in participation in the City or Torrance Reserve Fire inspector Internship Program, you will be required to submit an application form and an autobiography that describes why you are interest in a career as a Fire Prevention Specialist/Officer.
When recruitment is open, you may apply on-line at https://www.torranceca.gov/government/city-departments/human-resources/volunteer-page/volunteer-opportunities/-fsiteid-1 and submit the autobiography, along with a copy of relevant transcripts, a copy of your driver’s license, and a copy of your diploma or GED, to Janice Tersigni at Jtersigni@TorranceCA.gov
For Questions about the application process, contact Sally Oliver, Administrative Services Manager at SOliver@TorranceCA.gov.
For questions about the program, contact Richard Kazandjian , Fire Prevention manager at RKazandjian@TorranceCA.Gov.
You can view our flyer here.
The selection process will consist of an application review, a written test, and interview, and successful completion of a background investigation.