HOW TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER IN CALIFORNIA


Firefighters in California are the ones who respond to fires, emergencies and other accidents. If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter in California, all the fundamental knowledge you may need is given below:

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FIREFIGHTER IN CALIFORNIA


  • Responding to the variety of accident calls

  • Provide safety to the lives and properties of the citizens

  • Extinguish fire, water-flooding, biological and chemical hazards

  • EHandle medical emergencies
HOW TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER IN CALIFORNIA
HOW TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER IN CALIFORNIA

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTERS OF CALIFORNIA


  • At least age of 21 at the time of appointment

  • A high-school diploma/ GED certificate

  • A valid California’s driving license

  • No criminal record

STEPS TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER IN CALIFORNIA

Step 1: Fulfill The Minimum Eligibility Criteria

To become a firefighter in California, you must fulfill the Minimum Eligibility Criteria that includes at least an age of 18, no criminal record, valid California’ driving license and a high-school diploma or a GED certificate.

Step 2: Pass The Written Examination

Once you are eligible enough to be an applicant, you apply for the written examination in which your analytical skills, comprehension reading, communication skills, spatial orientation, observation, memory and personality traits are tested. In California you must score 80% or more to pass.

Step 3: Qualify The Candidate Physical Ability Test

This test is to determine whether the candidate holds the physical ability that is required to be a firefighter. It usually involve 8 different minor tasks that test your physical ability on different levels. The results come either as a PASS/FAIL.

Step 4: Enroll Of Firefighting Training

Once the applicant clear both physical and written exam, they’re supposed to choose an academy in California of their choice to complete the training. A few institutions of California that gives training for all the posts in the firefighting department are City of Oceanside Fire Department- Training Center, CAL Fire Academy, RIO Honda College Fire Academy and Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center.

Step 5: Obtain Formal Education

Getting a formal educational degree is not necessary in California but if you’re willing or interested to do so, then you can get a 2-Year Associate Degree program or you can do a 4-Year bachelor’s degree program in Fire science.

Step 6: Obtain Medical Certification

A firefighter’s job requires to handle emergency medical condition hence it is necessary for the Firefighters of California of at least hold the elementary EMT ( Emergency Medical Technician), ECC ( Emergency Cardiovascular Care) and CPR ( Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) certification.

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER IN CALIFORNIA

After accomplishing the criteria to be eligible and passing both written and physical exam, the training begins, which is usually of about 27-30 weeks (6-7 months). Including the inceptive period of interview and appointing, it would take probably 9-12 months to become a firefighter in California.

HOW MUCH DOES A FIREFIGHTER MAKE IN CALIFORNIA

In 2018, it’s recorded that an average firefighter earns about $49,620 per year. The highest salary of firefighters in California was recorded around $74,700 per year.

CAREER OUTLOOK FOR FIREFIGHTERS IN CALIFORNIA

It’s predicted that in between 2018-28, the employment opportunities for the firefighters of California would increase by the rate of 7-9%.

SELECT CITIES

FIREFIGHTER SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA

University Name Rank Address
Academy of Art University 467 79 New Montgomery San Francisco 94105 California United States
Alliant International University 831 10455 Pomerado Road San Diego 92131 California United States
American Film Institute Conservatory 1578 2021 N Western Avenue Los Angeles 90027-1625 California United States
American Jewish University 1144 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles 90077-1519 California United States
Antioch University Los Angeles Un 400 Corporate Pointe Culver City 90230-7615 California United States
Antioch University Santa Barbara Un 602 Anacapa Street Santa Barbara 93101 California United States
ArtCenter College of Design 381 1700 Lida Street Pasadena 91103 California United States
Azusa Pacific University 438 901 East Alosta Avenue Azusa 91702-7000 California United States
Bethesda University 1746 730 N. Euclid Street Anaheim 92801 California United States
Biola University 321 13800 Biola Avenue La Mirada 90639-0001 California United States
Brandman University 1171 16355 Laguna Canyon Road Irvine 92618 California United States
California Baptist University 830 8432 Magnolia Avenue Riverside 92504-3297 California United States
California College of the Arts 577 1111 8th Street San Francisco 94107-2247 California United States
California Institute of Integral Studies 608 1453 Mission Street San Francisco 94103-2557 California United States
California Institute of Technology 46 1200 E California Boulevard Pasadena 91125 California United States
California Institute of the Arts 512 24700 West Mcbean Parkway Valencia 91355-2397 California United States
California Lutheran University 546 60 West Olsen Road Thousand Oaks 91360-2787 California United States
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 156 1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo 93407-1111 California United States
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 205 3801 West Temple Avenue Pomona 91768 California United States
California State University Channel Islands 642 One University Drive Camarillo 93012 California United States