A Firefighter Trainee attends a City-sponsored sixteen (16) week Firefighter Training Academy and receives fire service training designed to provide an overview of the basic level of skills to function in a line position as a Firefighter. Training may include: firefighting techniques and procedures; emergency medical training; and rescue and hazardous materials training. Firefighter Trainees do not receive the status of a Firefighter until they have successfully completed the academy and are processed through the procedure to become classified Firefighters. The current base salary for Firefighter is $8,343 to $10,109 per month.
No experience is required for this entry-level position.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES
A valid Drivers License. A valid California Driver License is required by the date of hire.
Proof of a current and valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), or Paramedic certification from a California Local Emergency Medical Services Agency; OR a current and valid National Registry EMT, EMT-II or Paramedic certification. Candidates with out-of-state certifications must have a National Registry EMT, EMT-II or Paramedic certification. Individuals with a National Registry certification must obtain a valid California state-issued EMT certification by the date of hire.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card issued after July 2, 2018, by the Firefighter Candidate Training Center (FCTC). Candidates are required to pay a fee for the CPAT. Individuals who demonstrate a financial hardship may apply for a grant through the California Fire Foundation. Please visit the FCTC site at www.fctconline.org to obtain additional information, to register for the test (you must create a FCTC profile), to view test dates and test locations, and if necessary, submit an application for a grant. If a test date is full, please continue to check FCTC online for possible openings or new test dates.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants are required to upload their licenses and certifications to their FCTC profile. If these licenses and certifications are attached to your City of Richmond Application, they will not be reviewed. Licenses and certifications must be current and active on July 1, 2019.
High School diploma or equivalent
Be 18 years of age or older
Be in good physical health, and possess the appropriate physical strengths and abilities to do the work
Have vision of at least 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/30, and normal color vision
Have proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.
Be active on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List on July 1, 2019. You must take the Entry-Level Firefighter Written Test, and submit certain documents in order to be placed on this list. Candidates are required to pay a fee for the written test. Individuals who demonstrate a financial hardship may apply for a grant through the California Fire Foundation. Please visit the FCTC site at www.fctconline.org to obtain additional information, to register for the test (you must create a FCTC profile), to view test dates and test locations, and if necessary, submit an application for a grant. If a test date is full, please continue to check FCTC online for possible openings or new test dates
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
To be considered for this position, you must complete all of the following:
SUBMIT a City of Richmond Employment Application online by the final filing date and time. Applications will only be accepted online and the City of Richmond will not authorize extensions beyond the final filing date and time. Please fill out the application completely, including places of employment with complete addresses (i.e., number and street name, city, state) names of supervisors with telephone numbers, etc. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REJECTED. Do not attach documents to the City of Richmond application. Any documents, except for proof of Veteran`s preference, attached to your application will not be reviewed.
OBTAIN a California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) CPAT card issued after July 2, 2018. For information on obtaining the CPAT, please visit www.fctconline.org.
RECEIVE a score of 70% or above on the Entry-Level Firefighter Written Test administered by FCTC.
BE on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List on July 1, 2019. Please visit www.fctconline.org for additional information.
UPLOAD, to your FCTC profile, your current and valid EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic certification from a California Local Emergency Medical Services Agency; OR current and valid National Registry EMT, EMT-II or Paramedic certification. This is in addition to the other documents that you are required to provide to be on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List.
On July 1, 2019, the City of Richmond Human Resources Department will receive a list of eligible candidates from FCTC. Candidates who receive a score of 70 or above on the FCTC written test and who have uploaded all required documents to their FCTC profile and have completed a City of Richmond Employment Application will be placed on the City of Richmond employment list (WEIGHTED 100%).
Candidates will be placed on the City of Richmond employment list in group "A" (Best Qualified), "B" (Well Qualified) or "C" (Qualified). Placement on the employment list will be determined by the score candidates receive on the FCTC written test. The employment list will be in effect for two (2) years; however, the list can be canceled without notice after six (6) months. Being on the employment list does not guarantee that a candidate will proceed to the next steps in the selection process.
FIRE DEPARTMENT SELECTION PROCESS
Upon the request of the Fire Department, the Human Resources Department will certify the employment list and submit the appropriate group(s) to the Fire Department for additional evaluation. Successful candidates will be interviewed by the Fire Department and will be subject to a background investigation, and a medical examination, which may include but is not limited to a back x-ray, an eye test, a psychological evaluation, and drug screening. Being on the employment list does not guarantee that the candidate will be interviewed. The better-qualified candidates may interview with the Fire Chief prior to a job offer.
Immigration Reform Act: To comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States on their first day of employment.
Non-Discrimination Policy: The City`s policy prohibits discrimination against any applicant on the basis of race, color, age, physical or mental disability, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.