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Fire-Rescue Department

Firefighter I

Once a Fire Recruit successfully completes the Fire Academy, he or she is promoted to Firefighter I.

Firefighter I undergoes on-the-job training under constant supervision and increasingly performs fire fighting duties and related work.

A Firefighter I is assigned to the training division in Fire Operations while learning the full range of fire fighting operations.

Examples of Duties

  • Responds to fire and emergency calls as a member of a fire company.
  • Lays hose, carries and sets up ladders, and uses fire equipment to extinguish fires and make rescues.
  • Administers first aid.
  • Participates in pre-fire and fire prevention inspections.
  • Participates in drills and training activities.
  • Cleans and maintains fire vehicles, apparatus, equipment.
  • Maintains fire station and grounds.
  • Operates department non-emergency vehicles, and when required, drives and operates fire vehicles, apparatus, equipment and ambulances.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Successful completion of the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's Basic Fire Academy.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License
  • Current state of California Emergency Medical Technician Certificate.

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1. More information on calling 9-1-1.

For other questions or concerns, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call 619-533-4300 or email