FIRE Foundry collaborates with NorCal Women in Fire Service, Marin County Fire Dept, and the other fire departments and districts housed within Marin County to connect you to career firefighters that act as your mentors and confidants as you go on this journey. Our team provides career guidance, resume workshops, and more to help you stand out and make decisions about what the best next steps might be for you.
FIRE Foundry has a fantastic partner in the College of Marin where recruits take pre-requisites, career counseling, and physical education classes in order to prepare to apply to and enroll in Fire Academy. In addition, we work with UC Berkeley, Stanford, NASA, local fire stations, and private organizations to provide additional educational opportunities to bolster your resume, give you additional skills, and prepare you to be a tech and science-ready firefighter.
We work with employers such as Conservations Corps North Bay (CCNB), Marin County, and other fire departments and agencies to facilitate employment opportunities during various stages of your progress into a fire service career. You can begin by applying to work with the CCNB FIRE Foundry fuels crew during your first year, apply for a seasonal Defensible Space Inspector position with a fire department in the county, or if you have certifications such as emergency medical technician or firefighter 1, we can help you apply for more advanced positions. We will support you in your application to each of these employment opportunities.
Educational support services through College of Marin: for more information about the programs and services listed below, as well as programs and services not listed below, see the College of Marin 2022-23 Catalog (https://marin.elumenapp.com/catalog/current/home) and visit the pages of the College of Marin website.
Cutting-edge fire science and technology trainings & workshops:
Fire Department Skills Trainings:
Tuition, course textbooks, and course materials for FIRE Foundry courses: FIRE Foundry will pay for all materials related to your FIRE Foundry coursework that isn't covered by grants and financial aid.
Uniforms, including station boots, Wildland boots: FIRE Foundry will pay for your uniforms, station boots, and wildland boots, for those that do not already have them.
Career guidance: FIRE Foundry will provide you with individualized guidance towards a career in the fire service. Each of you are starting at different places and may desire to go in different directions, so we will be meeting with each of you to assess where you are now and then follow up regularly.
Employment opportunities: One of the partners of FIRE Foundry is Conservation Corps North Bay, and they offer, in partnership with Marin County Fire Department, FIRE Foundry Fuels Crew employment opportunities for those who are interested in part or full time employment doing fire prevention work.
>The work starts at $19 and goes up to $21 six months in depending upon performance.
>You will be working with Marin County Firefighter Paramedic Darrel Galli if you are accepted for one of these CCNB FIRE Foundry Fuels Crew positions.
For those looking for seasonal employment (9 months long), there are also opportunities to apply to seasonal defensible space positions with Marin County Fire Dept. and San Rafael Fire Dept. or to seasonal dispatch positions with Marin County Fire Dept. Reach out the FIRE Foundry Coordinator if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.
Mentorship: Recruits have the option of connecting one-on-one with a professional firefighter mentor.
In order to become a firefighter, you must attend and successfully complete a Firefighter 1 Academy (FF1 Academy). FF1 Academies have pre-requisites such as introductory fire science courses, physical education courses, and most importantly, a successful completion of a nationally recognized EMT program. We're grateful to College of Marin for partnering with FIRE Foundry and working with local academies in order to offer the pre-requisites courses as well as additional courses to FIRE Foundry recruits.
Education is a key requirement in order to participate in the FIRE Foundry program. Once you're admitted to the program, you'll apply and enroll at the College of Marin if you aren't already. Counselors with College of Marin and the FIRE Foundry team will work with you in order understand where you are on your pathway to full-time fire service and recommend the appropriate course work for you to enroll in. Our support teams will work together to ensure that you've applied for Federal Aid for your education and FIRE Foundry will cover any additional costs associated with course work that's recommended for you.
Have you already been working towards your career in fire service? Never thought it was a career opportunity that you could pursue? Somewhere in the middle? Perfect, we're here to help. Apply today to join FIRE Foundry's 2023 cohort.
CCNB is a key partner for FIRE Foundry. They are they employer of record for a position designed specifically for FIRE Foundry recruits. The employment opportunity can be full-time or part-time, is designed to work around the FIRE Foundry education requirements, and gives you the opportunity to carry out defensible space work in the community in a crew with the supervision and mentorship of a CCNB supervisor as well as a Marin County Fire Fighter.
JOB TITLE: FIRE Foundry Corpsmember
STARTING WAGES: $19/hr + benefits and healthcare
HOURS: Full time (40hrs)/part-time positions available
Employment with CCNB is not required to be a part of FIRE Foundry. You can keep your current job or apply for other jobs while in the program. This is simply an opportunity for you to earn wages, have benefits, and participate in physically active work that aids in fire prevention.