City of Bishop, California




Yes. Some exceptions may apply, but in general you must live within the department’s district.

Yes. There is both mandatory and optional training provided year-round. BFD meets every Wednesday night from 7-9 and every other Tuesday from 7:30 -9.  See our upcoming events calendar for more information.

Many of our volunteers have full-time jobs yet still find it rewarding to serve the community as a firefighter. We are flexible with the time that you commit.

We average 22 calls per month. With training and events, you can expect to dedicate between 20-40 hours a month.

You are covered by our insurance. We provide workers compensation and disability benefits.

There is no cost to you. All necessary training, equipment, supplies and materials are paid for by the department.

Benefits are available to those who participate. There is a small stipend available for training and responses.

Yes, 18 years old with a clean record.

Time requirements vary by need. Time commitment will depend on several factors, such as the number of calls, training, and community activities.  As a new firefighter, there is a lot to learn.  Expect to be busy for your first year.

Here are three ways:

  1. Call Fire Headquarters at (760) 873-5485
  2. Email Chief Dell at
  3. Come to any training or meeting located on our calendar