Firefighter Trainee: Orange County Fire Authority California Deadline: February 24, 2019

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Firefighter Trainee

Deadline: February 24, 2019

Salary: $5,194.80 Per Month

Job Description:


Salary (during academy): 
$5,194.80 per month

Salary (first day of the pay period following academy graduation): 
$5,877.39 per month (Step 1)

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter Trainee.  Please review the entire recruitment bulletin for important information before applying.

This recruitment may be used to fill up to two (2) future academies in 2020 (Academy 49 and Academy 50).


Under close supervision in a training capacity, to learn to perform firefighting duties used in the suppression of structural, aircraft, wild land and other types of fires; to learn to perform routine fire prevention activities; and to learn other duties as required.


This is a trainee class. Incumbents attend a sixteen (16) week departmental academy to develop and demonstrate the minimum qualifications required for entry into a career as a firefighter. Appointment as a firefighter is based on satisfactory evaluations and graduation from the academy.


To review the entire Firefighter Trainee job description please go to


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (position requirements at time of application):  

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possession of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • No experience required

LICENSE (position requirement at time of application):

  • Possession of a valid Class C Driver License or out of state equivalent
  • Possession of a valid, current California or National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
Applicants MUST attach a copy of their valid, current EMT Certification at time of application submission.  A valid, current California Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic License (issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority – “blue-card”) will be accepted in lieu of a valid California or National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification.    Failure to submit required document at time of application will result in disqualification.
  • Completion of a State Certified Firefighter I Academy
  • Possession of a California State Fire Marshal Firefighter I Certificate (Fire Academy Firefighter I certificates are not applicable; the Firefighter I Certificate is a working field certificate)
  • Possession of a valid California Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic License (issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority – “blue-card”)
  • Bilingual speaking skills (English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Farsi, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Urdu, Hindi, or Tagalog)



February 24, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.: Last day to apply on-line
March 11-13, 2019:  Written Examination
March 23 – April 7, 2019:  Biddle Physical Agility Test coordinated by the OCFA (possession of a current Biddle Physical Ability Certificate will not be substituted for this portion of the selection process)
April 15 – May 17, 2019:  Oral Interview
TBD:  Eligibility List Established
June 10 – August 30, 2019:  Chief’s Interview
September 17 – November 15, 2019:  Background Investigation, Pre-employment Medical Examination, and Psychological Examination
December 13, 2019:  Academy On-Boarding Orientation
January 24, 2020:  Family Orientation
February 3, 2020:  First Day of Fire Academy 49 (16 week academy)
May 20, 2020:  Academy 49 Graduation

Please note, all dates are subject to change.


Human Resources will screen all applications for minimum qualifications.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications AND submit the required documents will be invited to take the written exam.


The minimum passing score is 80%. The written exam will have a weight of 25% of the candidate’s overall score.  Top scoring candidates will be invited to the Biddle Physical Ability Test.

The written examination will be arranged by Human Resources. Human Resources will notify referred candidates by EMAIL of the scheduled dates, times, and locations.


Candidates must pass the Biddle Physical Ability Test in a time of 9 minutes and 34 seconds or less.  The Biddle Physical Ability Test will be coordinated by the OCFA at a nearby Orange County college (TBD) and proctored by the college staff.  Possession of a current Biddle Physical Ability Certificate will not substitute for participation in this portion of the selection process.
Human Resources will notify candidates by EMAIL of the scheduled dates, times, and locations.  Candidates will be required to pay the cost of the Biddle Physical Ability Test (approximately $25.00) at time of examination.  All candidates who pass the Biddle Physical Ability Test will be invited to the panel oral interview.


The minimum passing score is 80%.  The panel interview will have a weight of 75% of the candidate’s overall score.   All candidates who achieve a passing score on the panel interview will be placed on the eligibility list.

The panel interview will be arranged by Human Resources. Human Resources will notify referred candidates by EMAIL of the scheduled dates, times, and locations.


Candidates who successfully complete the Chief’s interview may be invited to begin the pre-employment background process.

The Chief’s interview will be arranged by Human Resources. Human Resources will notify referred candidates by EMAIL of the scheduled dates, times, and locations.


Placement on the eligibility list will be established based on a combination of the written examination (25%) and the panel oral interview scores (75%).  The Biddle Physical Ability Test is pass/fail.  The eligibility list will remain in effect for a period of one (1) year from the date of establishment or until all the names on the list are exhausted.  The eligibility list may be extended or abolished at the discretion of the Human Resources Director.


Candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive pre-employment background investigation including but not limited to fingerprinting, current and previous employment history check, reference check, DMV check, criminal history check, and licensure/certification check.
All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal conviction check (Live-Scan), comprehensive pre-employment medical exam, drug screen, and psychological exam through the OCFA’s designated health care providers.
After an offer of employment is made, a candidate must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States in accordance with Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986.


All new employees must take an oath of allegiance to the United States of America and the State of California.


In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, anyone who needs an ADA accommodation for the purposes of employment testing should contact Duke Steppe, Senior Human Resources Analyst at (714) 573 – 6807 or via email at within 72 hours prior to the need for the accommodation.


Employees represented by the OCPFA hired after September, 1, 2016 are not permitted to use tobacco products on or off duty.


All questions regarding this position should be directed to Duke Steppe, Senior Human Resources Analyst at (714) 573 – 6807 or via email at


The provisions of this publication do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision in this publication may be modified or revoked without notice.


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


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