Firefighter: Davis California Deadline: March 10, 2016

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Deadline: March 10, 2016

Salary: $67,452.69 – $81,989.11 Annually

Job Description:

Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY for this position: Starting Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. until the first 100 qualified applications are received – (faxes, mailed, emailed and walk-in applications will not be considered).  

Review this entire listing, including the Supplemental Information section for recruitment timeline and information regarding the online employment application.


A maximum of 100 candidates will be considered.

In addition to a City of Davis online application, the following information must be submitted as attachments to your application in order to be considered for this position:

1. Copy of Firefighter I Certificate or proof of completion of Firefighter I Academy.

2. Copy of a current EMT certificate or letter of successful completion of the requirements for these certificates.

3. Candidates must provide copy of a certificate of completion of the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) issued by the California Firefighter’s Joint Apprenticeship Program within the last 12 months.

4. Attached copy of a valid driver’s license.

Copies of the above certificates or the letter of successful completion of the requirements for these certificates must be attached to your application at time of submission.  Faxes, mailed, emailed and walk-in applications will not be considered.


Under supervision of a Fire Captain, to respond to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue and other emergency calls to protect life, property and environment; and to participate in fire prevention, training activities, station and equipment maintenance. Due to the ever-changing role of the fire service, this position may evolve to include other responsibilities.


Three engine companies operate out of three fire stations with 36 shift personnel. The Fire Department functions to prevent and minimize losses from fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and natural disasters. Davis operates on a three shift, 56 hour work week.

 Examples of Duties:


Perform triage, primary and secondary assessments; perform basic emergency medical treatment; respond to alarms with the engine company; connect and lay hose lines; enter burning areas or buildings with hose lines; assist in operating nozzles, and direct a stream of water on fires; carry and operate chemical fire extinguishers; raise, lower and climb ladders; make forcible entry into buildings when necessary; ventilate buildings; administer basic life support; assist in rescue, overhaul, salvage and clean-up operations; follow Fire Department rules and regulations, fire hazards and firefighting techniques; attend drills and staff conferences; clean and service firefighting equipment; inspect and test equipment carried on fire trucks; participate in company fire prevention inspection; drive and maintain fire trucks and other emergency vehicles including grass rigs and water tenders; operate engine pumping equipment and apparatus; assist in the maintenance of clean and orderly conditions in and about fire station; perform special assignments as assigned such as maintenance of medical equipment, public education, and maintenance of nozzles, appliances and fittings; participate in fire investigation activities; identify, collect and preserve evidence at fire scene; may voluntarily serve as member of fire investigation team; may serve in a position of higher responsibility on a temporary basis; give demonstrations, classes, and training to the public; responds to hazardous material incidents; build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and the public using principles of good customer service; perform related duties as assigned.

 Typical Qualifications:


Is skilled in and has knowledge of: Fire apparatus, equipment, tools, devices, facilities, and their proper use and maintenance requirements; emergency medical technician; principles and practices of work safety.

Has the ability to: On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job and observe safety rules. Identify safety hazards; locate equipment; interpret work orders; operate equipment; sit while driving equipment; stand, walk, bend, twist, kneel, squat and climb ladders or up on equipment; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; lift or carry weight of 100 pounds or less; learn and apply the principles, practices, and procedures of modern firefighting and protection of life and property; understand and act in accordance with departmental policies, rules, instructions and written material in the field of firefighting; learn firefighting techniques and procedures; demonstrate mechanical aptitude as required in the operation of firefighting equipment; learn to drive a fire engine safely and in accordance with traffic laws and ordinances; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action; learn the operation and maintenance of voice radio equipment; think and act quickly and effectively in emergencies; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be completion of Firefighter I academy. Education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.


1  Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

2  Possession of a valid EMT-I certificate.

3  Proof of Firefighter I academy completion or Firefighter I Certificate.

4  Possession of proof of successful completion CPAT physical ability test within the last twelve months.

 Supplemental Information:

EMAIL NOTIFICATION ONLY: All exam correspondence/notifications will be sent by email only. Please make sure your email address is current on your profile.

CAUTION: You will not receive important correspondence if you do not provide a valid, current email address.

The “Apply” link for this position will be active at 7:30AM on March 10th. To expedite the application process, it’s recommended that applicants update their profile and upload attachments prior to March 10th. If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account. You can create an account here or by typing in your browser. Click “Sign In” at the top right corner of the page to create an account. During this process you will need to select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the “Build Job Application” link. This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening.


1  Receive applications starting at 7:30AM Thursday March 10th (until the first 100 qualified applications received).

2  Invitations to written test sent to applicants on Friday March 11th.

3  Written test held Tuesday March 15th.

4  Applicants notified of test results on Friday March 18th.

5  Applicants who pass the written test will be invited to an oral interview, notices sent on Friday March 18th.

6  Oral interviews held Tuesday March 29th through Friday April 1st.

7  Department interviews and Chief interviews held week of April 4th.

8  Pre-employment testing appointments, week of April 11th (background check, psychological evaluation, physical examination and latex allergy test).

9  New hire orientation – last week of April.

10 Academy* – May 2nd.

*Depending on qualifications, the selected candidate may be paid as a Firefighter Trainee, $21.06 per hour, while attending a Fire Academy in Sacramento.


Testing will consist of a written examination. Those passing the written exam will be invited to an oral interview to establish an eligibility list to be used by the Fire Department to make the final selection. Additional testing for Firefighters includes a background check, psychological evaluation, physical examination and latex allergy test.


The City of Davis encourages applications from qualified women and minorities. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability or sexual preference.


Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and the provisions are subject to change.  According to the Federal Reform and Control Act, the City of Davis is required to hire only U.S. citizens or aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  

If you require accommodation during any phase of this recruitment process, please contact the Human Resources office at (530)757-5644 or TDD (530)757-5666.

The City of Davis has a no smoking policy for all city facilities.

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

City’s Website Click HERE

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