Specialty Functions

Ceres Emergency Services provides many specialty services to safeguard the lives, welfare, and economy of the community of Ceres, Stanislaus County and the State of California.

Hazardous Materials Response

Ceres Emergency Services is a member of the Stanislaus County Joint Hazardous Materials Response Team which responds to larger incidents throughout the county. Our Hazardous Materials Specialists and Technicians handle minor local incidents.

Confined Space Rescue

As members of the Stanislaus County Joint Technical Rescue Team, confined space rescue incidents are one component of the countywide response team. Local incidents are handled by Division response for initial stabilization and assessment locally.

Swift Water Rescue

Certified Swift Water Rescue Technicians perform water rescues in the local rivers throughout Stanislaus County as part of the Stanislaus County Joint Technical Rescue Team. Ceres is fully equipped to handle any moving water rescue within our local waterways. 

Wild Land Fires

As a suburban/rural combination department, we have agricultural land which surrounds our City. We are continuously training in approved methods for wild land interface fires. We participate in the dispatch of local government strike teams to assist in wild land and structural protection in surrounding counties and throughout the State.


Interns complement our career personnel. Intern Firefighters are potential firefighter candidates who have completed a Firefighter I Academy, are EMTs and are willing to sign a two year contract. They respond to calls for service and work towards getting their Firefighter I Certification.

Fire Explorers Post

Fire Explorers learn how hard work and discipline in a structured work environment that promotes safety and teamwork. The purpose of the program is to provide Explorers with hands-on emergency medical training, experience at the fire stations, training in firefighter skills and volunteerism for the community. Their jobs include the following:

  • Fire behavior and suppression training
  • Hoses and nozzles
  • Ladders
  • Salvage and overhaul
  • Station maintenance


Current requirements for the Explorer Program are:

  • Must be 16 to 21 years of age
  • Completed application (PDF)
  • Selection board interview
  • Background check
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License
  • Good driving record

If you are interested in the program, please deliver your completed application to Fire Station 15.