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Join San Diego Fire-Rescue

Choosing a career as a Firefighter is the beginning of a journey. It can be one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experiences of your life.

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Meet the Chief

Brian Fennessy was sworn in as the City’s 17th Fire Chief on November 12, 2015. He began his fire service career in 1978 where he served on and led both U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management hotshot and/or helishot crews for thirteen years. He was hired by the City of San Diego in October 1990 and has served and promoted through all ranks of the Fire-Rescue Department.

Read more about Chief Fennessy

 

Application Process

1 Meet the minimum requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A U.S. citizen or have the legal right to work in the U.S.
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • A valid Emergency Medical Technician Certificate issued by the state of California, National Registry or by a EMT certifying agency approved by the state of California
  • Valid CPR Certificate issued by an American Heart Association healthcare provider or equivalent
  • A valid California Class C Driver's License

2 Submit an application

Go to the City's Open Job Opportunities page to fill out an application for Fire Recruit.

Is the application period closed? Here's what you can do while you wait...

  • Fill out the Application Contact Information form to help us serve you better in the future.
  • Be notified when applications are being accepted again by filling out the Job Interest Card.
  • Associate's Degree programs for Fire Science or Emergency Management are appropriate degree tracks for the Fire Service. Though they are not required, it is a great way to begin preparing for your career advancement opportunities.
  • Be a volunteer! Volunteerism is an important aspect to being a firefighter with San Diego Fire-Rescue. Being involved in community service activities (doesn't have to be fire-related) will be helpful in during the interview process.
  • If you are transitioning from the military and you are in or near Camp Pendleton, the Skills Development Program Office offers the First Responder course, which is designed to help you get your EMT and other certificates.

3 Take the Civil Service Exam

If you pass the application phase, then it's time to take the Civil Service Exam.

For those who have never taken a Civil Service Exam (also known as the Fire Recruit Test) before, we offer a series of classes to help you prepare. These classes usually begin 2 months before the date of the next scheduled exam. Once you're scheduled to take the exam, you can sign up for the test prep classes.

4 Get scheduled for an interview

After you pass the Civil Service Exam, we will schedule a Captain's interview with you.

Let us know if you'd like to get help with interviewing.

5 Get invited to Fire C. A. M. P.

The Candidate Assistance Mentoring Program is a high intensity, functional fitness conditioning program designed to prepare and inspire "highly qualified" candidates for the Fire Academy. A "highly qualified" candidate is someone who is currently in the hiring process and has passed the Captains interview panel.

Fire C.A.M.P. candidates will be oriented to equipment and tools used in the Fire Academy. This includes memorizing spiels (Equipment Specifications) and station locations.

6 Attend Fire Academy

If you do well in Fire C.A.M.P., then your next stop is the Fire Academy!

Watch the 81st SDFD Fire Academy

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