If you are thinking about a career in a profession that is dedicated to helping people, you may be interested in the opportunites that exist at CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department. In addition to Firefighters, there are many positions that support the mission of the Fire Department. Perhaps one is right for you!
Firefighter I - Seasonal
A Firefighter I is a seasonal, temporary classification used by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Currently, Firefighter I positions are at nine State Fire Stations in Riverside County and serveral County funded stations. (Firefighter I positions at County-funded station will be completely upgraded to permanent Firefighter II positions by 2006) Firefighter I hiring in Riverside usually occurs each April, May, or June, depending upon the upcoming fire season conditions.
The minimum qualification to participate in the Fire Fighter I Examination is that you must be 18 years of age at the time of appointment to a Firefighter I position.
You must file a Fire Fighter I application at CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department headquarters located at 210 West San Jacinto Avenue, in Perris to be considered for appointment. The filing period for each fire season is the first business day of November through the last business day of January.
Firefighter II - Permanent
A Firefighter II is a permanent position within CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department. Persons selected for employment as a Fire Fighter II are placed in a three-year apprenticeship program. A Firefighter II performs the full-range of fire fighting duties including responding to alarms as a member of an engine crew on such fire apparatus as engines or water tenders, entering burning areas and structures with charged hose lines, and ventilating buildings. A Firefighter II assists in the training of seasonal and volunteer fire fighters and may assist in making fire prevention inspections. Firefighter IIs assist in building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and repair. The exam typically consists of a supplemental application. Permanent appointments are conditional upon successful completion of a CAL FIRE training course. Click here for the Firefighter II minimum qualifications. Click here for a Standard State Application.
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department staffs fire engines, squads, and ambulances with fire paramedics throughout the county. In fact, more than two-thirds of the 93 fire stations have paramedics assigned to them. If you are a certified paramedic and are interested in working for the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, click here for a Standard State Application (STD 678). Riverside County Fire is part of CAL FIRE, and all hiring processes are through the State of California.
CAL FIRE has an open continuous application process for FFII/Paramedic and FAE/Paramedic. Testing currently occurs twice annually, once the applicants minimum qualifications are verified, the candidate will be notified of the next available testing dates. Candidates must participate in the testing process to be considered for employment. Candidates will only permitted to test once every 12 months.
Both jobs require fire experience for minimum qualifications, there are 4 ways to qualify:
- Documentation of 3 months of full time fire fighting experience
- Documentation of 1 year as a certified volunteer fire fighter
- Documentation of Completion of a Fire Academy (200-300 hrs)
- Documentation of 1 year as a Fire Prevention Specialist I and successful completion of the mandatory training courses prescribed for a CDF FFI.
In addition to one of the above, all will be required to meet the following requirements:
- Valid California paramedic license
- You will need a valid driver’s license prior to appointment
- You must be at least 18 years of age
State Personnel Board http://www.spb.ca.gov/employment/
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