anyone know when they are gunna start the testing?
Job Title: Fire Recruit - T10104
Class #: 1463
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 12/16/11 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $2,572.27 Monthly
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Location: City of San Diego, California
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JOB INFORMATION Benefits Supplemental Questions
Fire Recruits attend the Fire Academy where they attend classroom lectures and practice in subjects including fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical training and state and local laws.
• After completion of the Fire Academy, Fire Recruits are promoted to Fire Fighter I and assigned to Fire Operations.
• Employees in the sworn Fire classifications of Fire Fighter I and higher may be eligible for additional compensation for specialized skills or assignments.
• Bilingual pay is provided to qualified fire fighters, if skills are required.
• Employees are also eligible for annual cafeteria-style flexible benefits, annual uniform maintenance allowance, vacation/sick leave and paid holidays.
You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
AGE: You must be 18 years of age.
• Applicants who are 17 and a high school graduate, or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) or General Education Development (GED) examination must submit a copy of their high school diploma, CHSPE or GED results with their application
• Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of hire.
EDUCATION: Graduation from high school OR passage of the CHSPE or GED examination.
GENERAL: United States citizenship or have the legal right to work in the U.S.
CERTIFICATE: You must have ALL of the following certificates:
1. Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (EMT-I) issued ONLY by the State of California or by the National Registry (NREMT-Basic) or by an EMT certifying agency approved by the State of California.
2. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification issued by an American Heart Association Healthcare provider or equivalent.
• A valid County of San Diego Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (EMT-I) is required at the time of hire.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.
• Valid Paramedic license issued by the State of California or the National Registry.
• One year of experience working with Rural/Metro Ambulance.
• Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)certification from a testing center using the standardized test developed and validated by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The certification must be valid at the time of hire.
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider certification.
• County of San Diego Prehospital System Identification Card.
• California Fire Fighter I or Fire Fighter II Certificate indicating successful completion of a Fire Academy that meets the State of California Fire Service Training and Education System’s Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II certification standards or equivalent.
• Full-time paid experience as a fire fighter for an urban fire department.
• Documented reserve or volunteer fire fighting experience.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (MUST SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION):
• Emergency Medical Technician Certificate (EMT-I or NREMT-Basic).
• CPR certification.
Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 236-6672; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.
The screening process will consist of the following components:
1. APPLICATION REVIEW: Applications will be evaluated to ensure they meet the minimum requirements. Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate meeting the requirements specified above will be approved to continue in the screening process.
2. EXAMINATION GUIDE: All the information you need to know about the written test will be provided in the Examination Guide. The Examination Guide contains material that MUST be studied and learned for the written test. Only those candidates whose applications have been approved will receive a Written Test Appointment Notice with instructions on how to secure a downloadable or hard copy of the Examination Guide.
3. WRITTEN TEST: The written test will be based on materials found in the Examination Guide and may include, but is not limited to the following factors: Training Material contained in the Examination Guide; Mechanical Reasoning; Reading Comprehension; Oral Comprehension; Reading Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams; and Basic Mathematics. No prior knowledge of fire fighting information is necessary to take the written test.
• Written test weight……100%
Test Date: Approved applicants will be notified regarding the specific dates, times and location. You must have a Written Test Appointment Notice in order to be admitted to the test.
4. PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST: The City of San Diego Physical Ability Test (PAT) will be administered ONLY to candidates admitted to the final step of the selection process. More detailed information regarding the PAT, including the dates, time and location will be provided at a later date. Candidates must pass the PAT in order to be considered for employment as a Fire Recruit.
• Candidates who have a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification, which is current and valid at the time of hire, from a testing center using the standardized test developed and validated by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), may WAIVE the City of San Diego PAT.
• Candidates who wish to waive the City of San Diego PAT must present their valid CPAT certification prior to taking the PAT.
• While the CPAT is optional at this time, it is the intention of the City of San Diego to make it a requirement in the future. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to train and qualify for this certificate at the earliest opportunity.
Candidates who pass the written test will be placed on a three categoryeligible list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next one year. For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be considered by the hiring department. Category placement will be based on each candidate’s final written test score as follows:
CATEGORY 1:90 and above.
CATEGORY 2:80 through 89.
CATEGORY 3:70 through 79.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE ELIGIBILITY: Veterans’ preference of five (5) percent is offered on “Open” competitive examinations to veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces during any war, major military action or peacekeeping mission, has been honorably discharged from active service and has achieved a passing grade on the examination. An additional five (5) percent credit will be provided to any veteran or the qualifying spouse of any veteran who has a service related disability of at least 15%. Credit shall not be granted on any “Promotional” job openings (open to City of San Diego employees only). Credits will not be granted to anyone who has returned from the Service on a full pension or anyone who has been employed by the City of San Diego since discharged from the service. To receive veterans’ preference credit veteran must present copies of separation and/or discharge papers showing dates of active duty entry and release, and honorable service. A spouse claiming veterans’ preference credit must show proof of: a. marriage to a veteran eligible for preference; b. the veteran’s honorable service and; c. the veteran’s service related disability or death while in active service. Look at the Eligibility Requirements and Required Documentation for specific information.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A City medical examination including drug screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. Medical condition must enable the applicant to perform the essential duties of the position. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol free work place.
CITY OF SAN DIEGO
Vision Requirements for Fire Recruit Candidates
1. Prior to being hired or offered employment, applicants must pass every aspect of a comprehensive medical examination and review of their medical history. Every medical standard must be met before an applicant will be approved by the City's examining physician. Vision standards are of no more importance than any other medical standard, but are given explanation because of new technology.
2. Your visual acuity must be 20/20 corrected or uncorrected, both eyes together. If your vision needs correction to 20/20, it must be corrected with eyeglasses at the time of the preplacement medical examination given by the City of San Diego. You will need to take your eyeglasses with you to the medical examination appointment.
3. In addition to meeting the requirements in number 1 above, if your vision needs correction to 20/20, you may choose to wear soft contact lenses. If you plan to wear soft contact lenses on the job, take your lenses with you to the medical examination appointment.
Hard contact lenses, including those known as semi-soft, semi-rigid, semi-permeable, gas permeable and similar lenses are not acceptable. Orthokeratology lenses are also not acceptable.
If you choose to wear soft contact lenses, you will be asked to present satisfactory medical evidence from your private optometrist or ophthalmologist documenting that you currently are a successful wearer of these lenses. Such documentation must also indicate if you have any medical contraindications to wearing soft contact lenses. We will request this information from you following the medical examination given by the City.
4. (a) If you have undergone any type of refractive vision surgery (or “touch up” surgery) such as Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), radial keratectomy (RK), or photo refractive keratectomy (PRK), a year or longer prior to being medically considered for a Fire Recruit or Fire Fighter position, you must be substantially free of vision problems such as impaired vision at night or under dim lighting conditions, sensitivity to glare, starbursts experienced around light sources such as street lights or headlights, hazing or blurring of vision, eye irritation and pain, progressive regression of visual acuity, and daily changes in visual acuity. Your vision must be 20/20 both eyes together. If it is not, it must be corrected to 20/20 both eyes together in accordance with the requirements in number 1 or 2 above.
You will be asked to submit the results of a recent eye examination from your private ophthalmologist documenting the status of your vision. We will request this information from you following the medical examination given by the City.
(b) If you have undergone any type of refractive vision surgery (or “touch up” surgery) within less than a year of being medically considered for a Fire Recruit or Fire Fighter position, you may be hired on a conditional basis if you successfully complete a City provided vision examination prior to hire and at periodic intervals thereafter until one year has elapsed from the date of the last vision surgery or “touch up” surgery. You must be substantially free of the vision problems outlined in paragraph 4(a) above. Your vision must be 20/20 both eyes together. If it is not, it must be corrected to 20/20 both
eyes together in accordance with the requirements in number 2 or 3 above.
5. In all cases, you need to have binocular vision (vision in both eyes), normal visual fields, normal binocular fusion, and freedom from other visual conditions that would interfere with your ability to perform the full range of duties of a Fire Fighter with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
6. In all cases, you need an acceptable level of color vision. This is determined at the time of the medical examination given by the City using
standardized color vision tests.
• The contents of this announcement are for the general information of candidates. They do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Final determination of a candidate's medical suitability for employment is determined at the time of the medical examination.
Firefighter Recruit is one of the most popular entry level job classifications in the City of San Diego. In recent years, when the Basic Fire Academy asks for applications, the number of applicants far exceeds the number who can be accepted. Because of the immense interest in the position, the City of San Diego does not widely advertise Fire Recruit openings. Be aware the Fire Recruit position opens infrequently and the resulting eligibility list lasts one year.
A Fire Recruit is under constant supervision while attending the Fire Academy. The academy prepares recruits for a fire fighting career and also teaches them to perform related work.
Fire Recruit is an entry-level class in the Firefighter series. Upon successful completion of the Fire Academy, recruits are promoted to Firefighter I.
Examples of Fire Recruit Duties
• Attends a 14 week paid Fire Academy which includes course work and practice in fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical training and State and local laws
Minimum Qualifications of Fire Recruit
• Possession of a current valid Emergency Medical Technician Certificate issued by the State of California or by a EMT certifying agency approved by the State of California; County of San Diego EMT System ID Card; Certificate for Basic Life Support for the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Provider.
• A valid California Class C Driver's License
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San Diego, CA 92129
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Escondido, CA 92027
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(760) 744-1150 Extension 8150 Fire Technology Program (San Marcos Campus) (760) 744-1150 Extension 1770
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 421-6700 Fire Technology, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Programs (619) 428-6460
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Is that rookie pay for the first year??
Have heard for awhile the city is hurting for money
But do not follow cailf pay rates
Anyone know if this article is correct::::
Grew up in SD use to be fantastic place to live
To crowded for me, nice place to still visit
Turned my app in last night, will be making the trip from Ohio. Good luck to those testing.
Fire is not on 401k
Could change in the future though
Has anyone heard any word of how many they intend to hire, and when the next academy is expected? Also, I know the appliation period was only a week... any clue as to the number of applicants they were expecting, or received?
Just trying to feel it out!
40K a year in SD is gonna be tough....
Better have a second income or something.
Awesome place to live though.
Best of luck to those of you testing.
Born and raised in San Diego, but moved to WI for better career opportunities as a FF. Goodluck to all those testing. If you do make it SD is a pricey city. Decent 1 br in a DECENT part of town is at least 900+
Just to clarify once again, the 40K is the pay while attending the 14 weeks of academy. After that their is an increase and supplemental pay, from what I understand of the website.
I can't believe all of the posts about the salary. Isn't that missing the whole point of being a firefigher? I would happily live with roommates my whole life if it meant achieving my dream of being a firefighter! ....just saying
"...after graduation you are considered a Firefighter 1 pay is $3,263.87x 12= 39,166.44 a year ."
I have to agree with persevere on this one. Speaking personally, I'd be taking over a 50% paycut if I were offered a job with San Diego. However, I wouldn't even have to think twice about accepting. But since everyone is throwing figures around, the "$_____ x 12 months" number is going to be inaccurate, simply because there are usually 2 months where you are paid 3 times. Also someone mentioned that benefits//incentives//EMT pay, etc... and I would have to assume that the number listed on the HR website is base salary only. Again, just my 2 cents. Good luck to all who applied, and if anyone has any solid info on number they would like to hire//test dates//how many apps etc, that would be great!!
I think everyone's situation is different, that's why there might have been some disagreement over the salary. The salary isn't too bad for a person without any family responsibilities and financial obligations. Perfect for that single guy or gal.
Like what thenextebell2 said, considering the position I'm currently in... I wouldn't even have to think twice about accepting it.
If you have a family and financial obligations, salary is something that definitely needs to be looked at.
While being a firefighter is an incredible job, providing for your family needs to be a priority.
But if offered the job and you can swing it, SD is a killer place to be.