Firefighter Trainee Requirements


Applications for Firefighter Trainee are not being accepted at this time.


A Firefighter Trainee participates in an intensive training program in basic firefighting and emergency medical treatment. The requirements for application acceptance are graduation from high school or its equivalent, a valid California Driver's License (CDL),  a current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate, and a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card.  The candidate must also:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at time of application; AND
  2. Be U.S. citizen or authorization to work in the Unite States; AND
  3. Have vision of at least 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/30 and normal color vision; AND
  4. Be in good physical health, and possess the appropriate physical strengths and abilities to do the work.
Detailed information will be made available on the Human Resources Management Department Job Description website when applications are being accepted.


The candidate must be able to pass a written examination. If successful, the candidate is placed on a
certification list.

Selection Process
  • Departmental interviews
  • Background investigation
  • Conditional offer of employment followed by medical examination and psychological test
  • Chief interview

Once the above has been completed, the candidate may receive an offer letter from the Human Resources Management Department to join the Recruit Academy.  Upon successfully completing the academy, a trainee is promoted to the position of Probationary Firefighter for eighteen months.