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Membership & Training Requirements

To become a member of REARS, interested parties must first complete a Volunteer Services Application.
Mail application to:
Riverside County Department of Animal Services
6851 Van Buren Blvd.
Jurupa Valley, Calif. 92509


Members will be notified if space is available for the upcoming New Member Academy.

Applicants must:
Be 18 years of age at the time of the Basic Class.
Must posess a valid California Drivers License, if expecting to operate a motor vehicle, or a valid California Identification Card.
Must disclose any criminal convictions on their R.E.A.R.S. Volunteer Application.
  *A criminal conviction does not necessarily disqualify an applicant. However, failure to disclose such conviction will be grounds for disqualification.
Must have a contact phone number.
Must attend all required training. Members are expected to complete the New Member Academy, including Incident Command System Training, Animal Rescue Techniques, Emergency Scene Vehicle Operations, Wildland Fire Behavior, Water & Flood Operations, Trailering Techniques, and Trailer Safety Inspections. All members must attend (2) required trainings per year. Members will be given advanced notice of (2) or more dates to complete each required training. Additional recommended trainings may be held during the year that will not require participation.
Effective immediately, those who do not complete the required trainings for the year, will be placed on the inactive list and not allowed to participate until they complete the next cycle of required training sessions. After completion of the required training, inactive members will be put back on the active list and allowed to participate in evacuations.

To date, more than 300 volunteers have completed the New Member Academy!

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