Established in 1998, the Mesa Fire Department's Connector Program is
designed to provide social service assistance in the City of Mesa
after the initial 9-1-1 call. Services include:
- Social service referral
- Elder care referral
- Homeless-shelter needs
- Fire Victim Assistance
- Financial Referral
- Motorist Assistance
The program began with 20 volunteers with limited hours of
operations. Today more than 700 volunteers have been trained.
Furthermore, service hours have been expanded. Connector
volunteers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days
Award Winning Program:
The Connector Program has received local and national
recognition for its assistance in helping provide community
support and assistance. In 2003, the program received the
Maricopa Community College Outstanding Community College service
award acknowledging it's role in providing essential community
support services. Mesa Fire Department's Volunteer Corps
programs were selected for the 2009 National Fire Corps Award of
Advantages of Volunteering:
- Community involvement/supporting your community
- First-hand exposure to fire department operations
- College credit
- Work in a team environment
- Peer support
- Social services experience
How do I get involved?
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Valid Arizona drivers license
- Current Basic CPR certification
- Pass a full background check
- Pass the interview process
Applications are continuously being accepted.
Application Packet download a copy, print finished
application, & submit in-person
September: Applications accepted
October: Interviews, dates to be determined
November: Three Mandatory Training Sessions
- Training is provided for those selected.
- Connectors must attend all mandatory training.
The selection process includes an oral panel interview.
Only individuals who have completely filled out their applications
will be offered an interview.
Once confirmed, Connectors are expected to commit one year of
service to the program. Initial training is provided and required.
Attendance of quarterly training is required.