Volunteer firefighters are the backbone of many fire departments around the world — many active departments have no paid personnel. Usually volunteer firefighters are found in small or perhaps medium-sized towns and cities, especially in rural areas.
I have to admit — I was surprised to discover that the second most populous city in the United States has volunteer firefighters. Los Angeles, with a population of almost 4 million people, uses volunteers in their Fire Department on what they call Crew 3, a crew that uses hand tools to construct fireline on the edge of fires in order to stop the spread.
Every member on the crew must take the required online training courses, pass the Pack Test, and then participate in two weeks of field training.
Most of the crew members hope the experience on the crew will pave the way to a full time job with the fire department.