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Welcome to our Firefighter recruitment page. We have different entry level positions to get you started in your career path; from Fire Suppression Aide (FSA) I, II and III to a career Firefighter/Paramedic. Please look at the qualifications for each position to see what you can apply for. As your training and education grows, you will be eligible to apply and test for other positions.

Firefighting Positions

Fire Suppression Aide (FSA) I Job Description & Selection Process

Under direction, performs a variety of tasks requiring arduous manual labor in the prevention, suppression, and control of vegetation fires and provides support at fire emergencies.


Minimum Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age and have graduated from high school or equivalent at time of appointment
  • Possess valid California Class C driver license

The following certifications are highly desired but not required:

  • ICS 100 or ICS 200 – Intro/Basic Incident Command
  • S-130 – Firefighter Training
  • S-190 – Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior

Upon employment as an FSA, educational opportunities will be made available to fulfill the requirements of EMT Ambulance Operator at little to no cost to you.

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Firefighter/Firefighter Paramedic Positions

Firefighter or Firefighter Paramedic Job Description

Under general supervision, performs a full range of firefighting duties to include the suppression of various types of fires, emergency medical services, fire training, prevention and public relations activities, fire station, equipment and apparatus maintenance; performs related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older and have graduated from High School or equivalent at time of application
  • Must possess and maintain a valid class State of California "C" Driver's License
  • Requires a recent DMV H6 Printout
  • Passing certification for Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) dated in last 12 months at time of application
  • FCTC Written Test Score

Requirements that May Change Based on Recruitment Needs

  • Must possess and maintain a California State EMT or Paramedic License
  • Must possess and maintain ICEMA Paramedic Accreditation at time of appointment
  • Current CPR and ACLS Certification

Health and Physical Condition

Persons seeking appointment to this class must meet the safety health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper for performance of the duties established by the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Colleges & Training Centers for Certifications

Firefighter Programs

~ Not a requirement. San Bernardino County Fire puts on a full-time academy if hired.

Colleges in our communities that offer Fire Academies:

Crafton Hills College
Moreno Valley Fire Technology
San Bernardino County Fire Training Center
Victor Valley Community College

Part-Time Academy Available

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Paramedic Programs

~ Highly Desirable

Prerequisites for most Paramedic Programs

  • Emergency Medical Technician 6 months full-time and/or 1 year part-time
  • Clear background

Colleges and Programs:

Crafton Hills College
Mt. San Antonio College
National Medical Education & Training Center
(NMETC is an on-line paramedic program)
Paramedic Training Institute
Riverside Community College
Saddleback College
Victor Valley Community College

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