Application process overview
To apply, you'll need to fill out various forms. The forms and instructions to fill them out are included on this page.
- Personal info
- Background check forms
- Disaster service worker (DSW)
- Medical consent
- Medical exam
- Selfie photo
A $225 training fee is also required. You should pay the fee after you receive notification of acceptance from firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can see more details about what the training fee does and doesn't include, and pay your training fee here.
Why so many forms?
Cal-ESAR operates at the direction for California Office of Emergency Services (OES), Law Enforcement division. Consequently we need all members to complete several forms required by OES.
Cal-ESAR has had a youth component since it's inception in 1969. Currently the unit includes a BSA Crew and we require our youth members to be part of BSA and that Crew. Youth applications follow a slightly different process, which is documented here.
* It's not always possible to send them all in one email, but it's helpful if you send the forms in as few emails as possible.
Background check forms
Fill out and sign. Save or scan as PDFs. No cell phone photos.
Why we require a background check
Cal-ESAR operates at the direction for California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Law Enforcement division, as such we are part of Law Enforcement. Members 18 and over need a background check (even if you're done before for some other organization or reason.)
Note: Anyone with a felony conviction will not pass the background check. Please do not apply.
Disaster Service Worker
Fill out middle and lower sections ('TYPE OR PRINT IN INK' and below.)
Save completed form using file name format 'Last Name_First Name_DSW' (e.g. Doe_John_DSW)
Medical consent form
Save completed form as 'Last Name_First Name_medical'
Medical exam form
This is not required for the first training weekend, but is due within 30 days of your application.
This form (we use a BSA form here) must be filled out by your physician, so schedule your appointment soon.
Please take a quick selfie to include with your application.
Don't worry this is only for your application. Your unit ID photo will be done once you are in the training class.