Sep 03, 2019

Fire Recruit

  • City of Sacramento
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
Full time Government

Job Description


Fire Recruit is a training-level classification used while participating in the Sacramento Regional Fire Academy. Incumbents undergo a formal training program in the Academy where they receive basic training in firefighting methods, equipment operation, emergency medical services, and physical fitness.  Additional training may include EVOC, rescue systems, swift water rescue, river & flood water awareness, and auto extrication.  This Academy must be completed even if similar training has been completed elsewhere. Upon successful completion of training and graduation from the Academy, a Fire Recruit is eligible for probationary appointment to Firefighter.

Firefighters are sworn to protect life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires as well as performing emergency medical assistance. The majority of their time is spent on medical emergency and non-emergency situations. Firefighters generally work a 48/96 work schedule with an average workweek of 56 hours; however, some assignments may require 8-hour days with an average workweek of 40 hours.


Fire Recruit is a recruiting and training level classification used for candidates qualified to learn the duties of Firefighter or Firefighter-Paramedic. Incumbents undergo a formal training program in the Sacramento Fire Training Academy. Upon satisfactory completion of the training, and graduation from the Academy, the Fire Recruit will be given probationary status as a Firefighter or Firefighter-Paramedic. Failure to complete the Academy successfully will be cause for termination.

Fire Recruit is distinguished from the Firefighter and Firefighter-Paramedic in that it is a recruiting and training level classification and incumbents do not perform emergency duties, while the Firefighter and Firefighter-Paramedic are journey level and incumbents are expected to perform the full range of duties of a Firefighter or Firefighter-Paramedic.


Immediate supervision is provided by higher level Fire personnel.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend training sessions to learn fire fighting methods.
  • Learn basic concepts of fire science.
  • Learn basic defensive driving techniques of fire apparatus.
  • Learn equipment operation and maintenance procedures and practices.
  • Learn to operate fire extinguishers, fog nozzles, and similar equipment in extinguishing fires.
  • Learn to raise, lower, and climb ladders.
  • Learn salvage and overhaul operations.
  • Learn fire fighting safety practices.
  • Learn basic emergency medical procedures.
  • Learn the organization, chain of command, and rules and regulations of the Sacramento Fire Department.
  • Receive and participate in physical fitness training.
  • Learn other related courses or programs as required.
  • Other related duties as assigned.



High school diploma or GED equivalent; twenty (20) semester units or thirty (30) quarter units from an accredited college or university; AND possession of a current Emergency Medical Technician I (EMT-I) Certificate or higher.


High school diploma or GED equivalent; three (3) years as a paid professional firefighter; AND possession of a current Emergency Medical Technician I (EMT-I) Certificate or higher.



Must be at least 21 years of age by the date indicated on the job announcement.


Must be a citizen of the United States by the date of appointment.

Medical Examination / Drug Test:

If considered for appointment, candidates must pass a medical examination and a drug test.


If considered for appointment, candidates must pass a background investigation, which includes a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph test and/or psychological evaluation, credit check, and drug use history.

Tobacco Use Restriction:

Applicants in this classification are required not to smoke or use any tobacco products during the twelve (12) months prior to the final filing date of the examination.

Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the Class C License is cause for discipline. This requirement may be reviewed on a case by case basis for individuals with disabilities. Ability to obtain Class B Driver License with appropriate endorsements during the Sacramento Fire Training Academy. Failure to obtain the license will be cause for termination.

Paramedic Certificate:

Possession of a current California Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Certificate (EMT-P), accredited by the County of Sacramento Emergency Medical Service Agency, prior to the completion of the Sacramento Fire Training Academy is mandatory for paramedic assignments.

Respiratory Protective Equipment:

Work in this classification requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.

Residency Requirement:

Must reside within 35 air mile radius from the freeway interchange at W-X Streets, 29th-30th Streets within one year following appointment as a Firefighter.

Physical Performance Requirement:

Those appointed to Firefighter as a result of this examination must pass an annual physical performance assessment. Refusal to take the assessment or failure to pass it will subject a firefighter to disciplinary action up to and including termination.


To be considered for this challenging and rewarding career opportunity, you must be on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility list. Sacramento Fire is hiring directly off of this list. Visit to register for upcoming CPAT and written tests, and to learn about the examination process, requirements, study materials, and other testing information including fees.
In order to be placed on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List, the following criteria must be met: 

  • Candidates must pass the FCTC Entry-Level Firefighter Written Test
  • Candidates must possess a valid Cal-JAC Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) administered by FCTC

Along with FCTC Statewide Eligibility List's minimum requirements, the City of Sacramento requires candidates to also meet the minimum qualifications as stated above on the job announcement.
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