What Would You Ask a Volunteer Firefighter?

Submit questions for our volunteer firefighters over at Intermountain Fire and Rescue.

Around here, Ramona Fire Department and Cal Fire are well-known names. But Ramona also benefits from a volunteer force—Intermountain Fire and Rescue.

According to their website, the Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department was established in early 1988 by "a concerned group of citizens who wanted to provide better fire protection for their community." They serve an area of 125 square miles bordering Ramona, Julian, Lake Henshaw and Palomar Mountain.

The men and women that make up Intermountain Fire and Rescue volunteer 24 hours each week and usually have other jobs they tend do when they're not manning the Intermountain Fire and Rescue station, located about 8 miles outside of Ramona.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to sleep at the station? Or how the volunteers take precautions at their own homes for fire? Ever curious as to why the volunteers do what they do? Perhaps you just want to know what a typical day is for the volunteers.

Well it's your time to ask! Submit a question below in the comments and we'll ask our Intermountain Fire and Rescue firefighters for you. Look out for an upcoming Friday column where you can see a volunteer answer your question on camera!

Silvia Bodolai February 01, 2013 at 05:05 PM
My question is how does it feel when you're fighting fire and do you get nervous thinking something bad might happen during the event? Hopefully death never being the option but I'm sure it sits in the back of your head? If so, has that made you appreciate life more knowing that maybe one day you might get hurt?
Melissa Phy February 01, 2013 at 06:28 PM
All great questions, Silvia. Thanks for submitting!
Barbara Teixeira February 01, 2013 at 08:58 PM
My question is what requirements are there to be a volunteer firefighter? Do you get to respond to all emergeny calls as a volunteer or only certain types of calls? What does it feel like when you get to go to your first call?
Melissa Phy February 01, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Love these. Very curious about the last one! Thanks for submitting, Barbara.
Marilyn Semaan February 02, 2013 at 02:44 AM
How many calls do you get a weekly bases? And this question goes out to anyone who wants to answer.... but what is the scariest scene you've arrived to?


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