Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Los Angeles Fire Department Volunteer Programs. The following is general information about some of the programs available to you.

Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS)


This program is designed to assist during communication emergencies or as extra "eyes and ears" for the LAFD. During a communication emergency, ACS would be used to assist in the following manner:

  • Communications breakdown between Operations Control Division (OCD) and Fire Stations
  • Temporary communication to temporary sites
  • Extra "Eyes and Ears"
  • Links for the general public
  • Link for Community Emergency Response (CERT) teams to other volunteer groups
  • Link to outside agencies
  • Other non-emergency needs

To become an ACS volunteer, it is mandatory to first have a Ham radio license. A Ham radio will be required, if accepted. If you have the appropriate license, and would like to have more information about the ACS program, and would like to obtain an application or learn more, please click on the official website: www.lafdacs.org.

Community Emergency Response Team(CERT)

LAFD CERT members drill

CERT members receive 17½ hours (one day a week for seven weeks) of initial training. The 7-week course is followed by full-day bi-annual refresher drills, and an opportunity to assist the LAFD at local incidents. CERT training is provided free of charge within the City of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over. Classes are taught mornings, afternoons and evenings continually throughout the year in locations all over Los Angeles. Please go to www.cert-la.com for more information.

General Volunteers

If you do not wish to specialize in a particular program, or do not have a lot of time to dedicate but would like to help out on occasion, you have the opportunity to become a General Volunteer. A General Volunteer is someone who volunteers at non-emergency events, doing whatever is needed. An event may consist of a fire station opening, a graduation ceremony, a March of Dimes event, or any type of pre-planned event where volunteers may be utilized. You might be asked to help set up locations, serve food, assist with information booths, etc.

If you are interested in becoming a General Volunteer, or if you have any further questions regarding the Volunteer Programs, including the application process, please contact the LAFD Volunteer Coordinator, Irma Romanelli at irma.romanelli@lacity.org.