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The Vista Fire Department is putting out a call for residents age 50 or older to join the organization’s Senior Volunteer Program.

Providing “emergency incident support,” such as providing food and drink to crews working extended duty situations like wildfires, is as close as senior volunteers will come to participating in actual fire or other life-threatening situations. But the Department says it still needs help with general administration, conducting home safety inspections, and with smoke detector installations.

“The senior residents contribute essential non-firefighting assistance to our Fire Department through this volunteer program,” says Fire Chief Rick Minnick through the city’s website. “Regardless of whether they are retired professionals, parents and grandparents, or new to the community, each person offers something important to our program.”

An orientation meeting for interested potential recruits is being put together for sometime in mid-March. Those seeking more information can contact Captain Mark Standifird at (760) 643-2801 or mstandifird@cityofvista.com.

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