Firefighter: City of Orange California Deadline: March 28, 2016

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Deadline: March 28, 2016

Salary: $68,088.00 – $82,752.00 Annually

Job Description:

PLEASE NOTE:  A 3% Salary Increase is scheduled for August 7, 2016.

New Salary:  $70,152 – $85,272 Annually

The Orange City Fire Department is seeking career minded candidates who are prepared for a long-term career in the fire service profession. Ideal candidates will possess excellent interpersonal and multi-cultural skills, have a strong commitment to community involvement, as well as have a good understanding of teaching techniques. The City anticipates filling several vacancies from the eligibility list.


1.  Submit an online employment application via to the City of Orange by the recruitment deadline of 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2016.  See Application and Testing Procedure section for more detailed instructions.

2.  Schedule and COMPLETE the job simulation test with National Testing Network, Inc. by the testing deadline of 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2016.  Please allow for sufficient time to schedule and complete.


Applications will only be accepted online. Candidates will be required to enter the City website by clicking here or at to find the Firefighter recruitment and complete the online application in full, including your entire job history.

It is important that you read and become familiar with the job flyer. The application must be completed in its entirety. If the application field does not apply to you, then please type “N/A”.

Incomplete applications or applications/resumes directed to other fire agencies/jurisdictions WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.


You must ONLY attach the following five (5) documents to your employment application. We suggest submitted each as a separate PDF file.  Failure to follow these instructions will result in disqualification.

1.  Your resume of two (2) pages or less in length. (Note: Do not copy and paste your resume into your application, only upload and attach.)

2.  Proof of certification from a California State Fire Training accredited Basic Firefighter Academy or California State Firefighter 1 Certificate.

3.  Proof of your valid California Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or Biddle physical ability certification dated within twelve (12) months of recruitment closing date (i.e. Certification must be dated after March 28, 2015.)  (Note: Only upload and attach your most recent certification, not both).

4.  Proof of your valid California EMT-1 card/certification or EMT-P license.

5.  Proof of your valid CPR Card.

Do not attach any other items or additional certificates. You should only have five (5) attachments. Failure to follow this directive will result in automatic disqualification.

If you have any problems with your employment application or the website, please contact’s Applicant Support Line at 1 (877) 204-4442, option 1.  Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


The Orange City Fire Department offers full written testing services for the position of Firefighter through National Testing Network, Inc. To fill out a testing application and schedule a test, go to, select Find Jobs, choose Firefighter jobs, the sign up for the Orange City Fire Department in California. If you have any questions regarding the test, please contact the NTN Customer Support Line at 1(866) 563-3882. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

What to expect at the website:

1  Completion of the application process for National Testing Network (Note: This does not substitute for your City of Orange employment application.)

2  Detailed information about the testing process for the entry level written test.

3  Opportunity to take online practice tests at

4  Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered onsite at various locations and given multiple times a week, including Saturdays. Please allow for sufficient time to schedule and complete.

5  Take high Quality job simulation tests in a standardized fair testing environment.

Upon completion of the entry level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Orange’s Human Resources Department.  The top passing candidates on the entry level exam, with the correctly submitted application materials, will be invited to an oral interview for consideration of placement on the eligibility list.  The City’s Human Resources Department will contact the top candidates via email and invite them to continue to participate in the remaining stages of the department’s selection process.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the Orange City Fire Department’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to Orange City Fire Department where the final decisions are made.  The written exam will be weighted at 25%.


As part of the physical ability requirement, we will only be accepting valid California Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) cards or Biddle Physical Ability certification. Please click on the hyperlinks for information and registration.  Candidates must possess either a valid CPAT card or Biddle certification dated within the last twelve (12) months of the recruitment closing date (i.e.  Certification must be dated after March 28, 2015.)  No exceptions. The City of Orange will not reimburse candidates for their out-of-pocket expenses.


A structured oral interview will be used to rate the candidate’s qualifications, such as: Education, Communication Skills, Job Knowledge, and Work Experience.

Interviews will be tentatively held the weeks of April 25-28, 2016 at City of Orange – Human Resources Department, 300 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866.  Please do not bring any documents with you to the oral interview. The panel will already have copies of your application, résumé, and certificates. A score of 70% or above is required for passing the oral interview.  Candidates will receive notification via e-mail of their eligibility list status within approximately fourteen (14) business days.  Please be patient and do not call the Human Resources Department while we tabulate scores. The oral interview will be weighted at 75%.

Once the eligibility list is established, the Fire Chief will be conducting interviews from within Band I (i.e. Candidates whose overall score is 90% or higher) and selecting candidates to move forward to the background investigation phase. The list will be in effect for 12 months, unless extended by the Fire Chief and the Human Resources Director.

 Examples of Duties:

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Respond to fire alarms and other emergency calls; perform firefighting and search and rescue duties; administer first aid; inspect structures; perform maintenance duties on station and equipment; respond to non-emergency calls; operate vehicles, aerial apparatus tiller, other fire apparatus, tools and equipment related to firefighting; must climb or work on ladders or high places; inspect and maintain equipment, tools and apparatus; participate in continuing instruction and training programs; assist in organizing and implementing training sessions and drills; assist in performing inspections of commercial and industrial structures for pre-fire planning and fire prevention purposes; perform public relations activities involving fire station tours and public/private school fire prevention activities; perform other duties as required.

 Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices and procedures of modern firefighting, fire apparatus, equipment, tools, devices, facilities and their proper use, advanced first aid, C.P.R. and other medical assistance techniques.

Ability to:

Learn to understand and act in accordance with departmental policies, rules, and instructions in the field of fire fighting; Learn to apply fire fighting techniques and procedures; Demonstrate mechanical aptitude as required in the operation of fire fighting equipment; Demonstrate physical aptitude; Learn the layout of the City’s water main system and street numbering system; Retain presence of mind in emergency situations; Think and act quickly and effectively in emergencies; Understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately; Perform heavy lifting and physical maneuvering; Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Operate fire and other emergency apparatus and equipment effectively and safely; Analyze fire and other emergency situations accurately and take effective action; Follow directions and orders of superiors quickly in emergency situations; Read, understand, interpret and apply departmental policies, rules, laws, and ordinances pertaining to fire suppression, prevention, and investigation work; Establish and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with superiors and other employees in emergency and non-emergency situations; Speak clearly and give direction to members of the public; Write legibly in English; Carry out a conditioning program to maintain good physical fitness; Operate and maintain voice radio equipment.



Minimum of 18 years of age at time of filing, and, 19 years of age at time of appointment.


Graduation from high school or equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade.

Completion of a State of California Certified Firefighter Academy or California State Firefighter 1 Certificate (no exceptions).

License or Certificate:

1  Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s license or higher by date of appointment.  Must obtain California Class C Driver’s License with Firefighter endorsement by the end of the probationary period and maintain throughout employment.

2  Valid State of California EMT-1 card/certification and/or California EMT-P license at the time of application and maintain throughout employment.

3  Valid CPR Card at time of application and maintain throughout employment.

4  Upon employment and throughout employment, candidates who are EMT-1 certified must possess and maintain a current Orange County Emergency Medical Services Agency Expanded Scope Accreditation card and maintain throughout employment.  (Additional information regarding EMT-1 and EMT-P certification/licensure can be found by clicking here.)

5  California CPAT card or Biddle certification dated within twelve (12) months prior to closing date of recruitment and again three (3) months prior to start of employment.


Bilingual skills (English/Spanish)

California EMT-Paramedic license or NREMT-P Certified (Eligible for California EMT-P License)


Station visits will only be allowed for candidates who have passed the written exam and have been invited to the oral interview phase.

 Supplemental Information:

Performance of the essential duties of this position include the following physical skills and work environment.

Ability to walk, stand, sit, and climb to perform various firefighting/rescue duties: manual dexterity to use tools and equipment; physical strength to operate heavy equipment including firefighting apparatus and rescue equipment, and to lift and carry people of varying sizes and weights; ability to reach, push, pull, grab, and carry equipment of varying sizes and weights; verbal skills to be understood orally in person, on the telephone, or on the radio; hearing adequate to hear and respond to instructions both in person and on the radio; vision to properly operate equipment and perform firefighting and rescue operations.

Requires the ability to perform on-site field inspections including exertion of a moderate amount of physical effort to stoop, crouch, climb and lift in performance of assigned duties; may be subject to uncomfortable working conditions including exposure to odors, toxic agents, machinery, explosives, dusts, noise and smoke; must be able to perceive color, shapes and odors; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as use of a personal computer or other office equipment or supplies and operation of a motor vehicle.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE


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