Community Programs

Safety Sitter Program

The Monterey County Regional Fire District in cooperation with the Monterey County Lyceum offers a Safety Sitter class for kids between the ages of 10-15.

It is designed for new babysitters or kids who may be spending time home alone.

The classes are held at the District’s Fire Stations. To sign up for a class you can contact the Lyceum at (831) 372-6098.

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Character Program

Monterey County Regional Fire District started the Characters Program in 2003 to educate our youth about life safety and fire prevention. Our Characters Program is composed of firefighters who have a knack for demonstrating fire and life safety with an effective and zany approach, using props and costumes, appealing to “kids” of all ages. Our motivation is based on our experience in caring for sick and injured children in often tragic situations, recognizing that the worst accident is the one that could have been prevented with a little education.

Monterey County Regional Fire District’s Characters Program educates children through the use of entertaining and interactive characterization. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Smoke detectors
  • Two ways out
  • Stop, drop & roll
  • 9-1-1
  • Holiday safety tips

The Characters Program works with schools within our fire district and participates in children’s safety fairs throughout Monterey County. If you would like any information on our Characters Program, you may contact:

FF Rick Cathey -  (redacted)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The main goal of the CERT program is to train the citizens of Monterey County Regional Fire District to be self-sufficient in a major disaster by developing skills that will allow them to help themselves and there neighbors with basic emergency skills. The program can be tailored to meet your needs.

The training is conducted for civic groups, homeowner associations, Schools, business etc. The minimum size class is 15 students with a maximum of 30. In the CERT training, you will learn:

  • How to build a 72-hour emergency supply
  • Basic Disaster Skills
  • Natural gas, water and electrical controls, Fire Sprinklers, why, when and how to shut them off
  • Types of fire, and using the proper extinguishers to put it out
  • Opening airways
  • Stopping bleeding and shock position
  • Minor injuries and burns
  • Final Exam: Hands On Training

Telephone: (831) 455-1828

Holiday Toy Drive

﷯Contact Eng. Justin Reyes for any questions or information about our Toy Drive at (831) 214-3256 or (redacted).

Explorer Program

Explorer Post #55

The Monterey County Regional Fire District in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America established Explorer Post #55 in 1995. The purpose is to expose local youth to a positive program, while training for a career in the Fire Service. The goal is to provide each explorer with an opportunity to experience Fire District operations, adult leadership and encouragement to succeed in their education.

Explorer Post #55 has 12 positions for high school students ranging in ages from 14 to 19 years of age. The program operates under guidelines set forth under a Standard Operating Procedure approved by Fire Chief Michael Urquides. All rules and regulations are approved by the Boy Scouts Of America.

Requirements for Post Membership

  • The Applicant must meet all of the minimum prerequisites set by the Boy Scouts of America for Explorer membership.
  • The applicant must have a clear background with no felony or misdemeanor convictions and may not be affiliated with any unlawful gang or group of individuals.
  • The applicant must be actively enrolled in school, with grade point average of no less than 2.0.
  • The applicant must complete the standard post #55 application, and return it to the Post.
  • The applicant must between the ages of 14 to 19. A copy of a birth certificate may be required.
  • The membership of the Explorer Post will be limited to twelve Explorers. If the Post is at its limit, prospective candidates will be placed on a waiting list.

Please contact FF Andrew Melendrez at (redacted).