The latest class of volunteer firefighter cadets is expected to complete their training in May, just in time for the height of wildland fire season.
East Fork Deputy Chief Tim Soule said nearly two dozen residents are participating in volunteer training.
“We have 22 local community members volunteering their time to assist their neighbors by becoming East Fork Fire District volunteer firefighters,” he said.
The cadets started their training in January and last month trained at the Carson City Airport on the firefighting training tower.
Soule said volunteers get the same training career firefighters do, including how to fight wildland fires.
Last year, Soule and several volunteer chiefs recruited new members through orientation sessions.
Should all 22 cadets complete their training, it would mean an almost 20 percent increase in the number of volunteers in the district, that once boasted twice as many.
But increased certification requirements and an aging population led to a reduction in the volunteer force, and an increase in the number of paid staff in the fire district.
According to the Nevada State Demographer, Douglas has the fifth oldest median age in Nevada at 47.4 years old, more than a decade older than it was in 1990. The percentage of residents who are 65 and older increased from 15.2 in 2000 to 20.2 percent in 2010.
Information about how to apply is available online at eastforkfire.org, but application packets are located at the East Fork District Offices, 1694 County Road, or at one of the township’s eight volunteer fire stations.
For more information, call the district office at 782-9040.