During Academy (Firefighter Trainee) $62,337.60 Annually
Following Academy Graduation (Firefighter) $70,528.68 - $94,814.73 Annually
At Least 18 Years of Age
Possess a High School Diploma or Equivalent
Valid Class C California Driver License or Out of State Equivalent
Current, Valid California or National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
THE HIRING PROCESS
Confirm Minimum Qualifications
take Written Exam
Assess General Aptitude
take PHYSICAL AGILITY Exam
Evaluate Physical Agility
Panel Interview: Demonstrate Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Chief’s Interview: Determine Organizational Fit
PASS Candidate Review
Pass Background Checks, Psychological Exam, Medical Exam, Live Scan
Graduate from the Fire Academy
Successfully Complete 16-week Classroom and Physical Fitness Program that Includes Fire Service Training
COMPLETE NEW EMPLOYEE PROBATION
Demonstrate Position Competencies Over a 52 Week Probationary Period
THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME STARTS HERE
We foster an environment that supports career advancement & specialized training
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do I apply for a the position of Firefighter Trainee with the OCFA?
A: When a recruitment opens, candidates should visit to www.ocfa.org to apply directly.
Q: If I applied before and am currently on the eligibility list, will I need to reapply?
A: Yes, once a new recruitment opens, candidates on previous eligibility list will not be considered. In order to be considered for future employment an applicate must successfully complete the current selection process.
EMT License date
Q: I won’t have my EMT license until after the recruitment period ends. Will I still be able to participate in the selection process?
A: Applicants must possess and submit one of the following valid licenses in order to move forward in the selection process:
a valid, current California or National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
a valid, current California Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic License (issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority - "blue-card") in lieu of a valid California or National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
Q: If I have a current Biddle Certificate will I have to participate in the Biddle Exam for this recruitment?
A: Yes, applicants must complete the Biddle exam that will be hosted by the OCFA as part of the current recruitment process
Q: I forgot my username or password to log into my governmentjobs.com account. What do I do?
A: Go to the Governmentjobs.com website, click ‘Sign In’ in the upper right hand side of the page. You will see two options below the sign in box, Forgot Username? or Reset Password. Choose the option that you need. If you forgot your username, it will ask you for the email address you used to sign up. Enter your email and the system will send your username to your email address. If you need to reset your password, click ‘Reset Password’. The system will prompt you for your email address. Enter your email address, click ‘Reset Password’ and instructions will be sent to your email to help you reset your password.
Q: How do I get an EMT License?
A: To obtain an EMT-I (Basic) certification, an individual must complete an EMT-I training course. Individuals may attend an EMT-I training program anywhere in the State of California. Listed below are the approved training programs in Orange County.
A candidate with an EMT-I certification from outside the State of California or currently a registered nurse, physician assistant, or MD who wishes to challenge the EMT-I examination, may contact the OCFA’s EMS Section to discuss this option at (714) 573-6072.
ORANGE COUNTY EMT-I TRAINING PROGRAMS
Training programs and testing for Orange County EMT-I certification is available at the following locations:
Capistrano-Laguna Beach Regional Occupational Program
31522 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
385 N. Muller Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
Central County Regional Occupational Program
Career Education Center
250 S. Yorba
Orange, CA 92869
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, California 92626
Central County Regional Occupational Program
Chapman Hettinga Education Center
11852 Knott Street
Garden Grove, CA 92841
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Coastline Regional Occupational Program
1001 Presidio Square
Costa Mesa, California 92626-1584
Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Q: Does the OCFA have employment disqualifications?
A: Yes, Orange County Fire Authority Employment Disqualification Guidelines are as follows:
Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony involving domestic violence, sexual-related offenses, crimes against children, and/or larceny offenses committed as an adult.
Any sale, possession, or use of a drug classified as an opiate (heroin, opium, etc.) or phencyclidine (PCP). Refer to California Health and Safety Code section 11350-11356.5.
Any sale, possession, or use of cocaine, methamphetamine, hallucinogens (GHB, MDMA/ecstasy, ketamine, etc.) within five (5) years of date of application.
Any sale, possession, or experimental use of marijuana within three (3) years of date of application.
Any illegal use of anabolic steroids within three (3) years of date of application.
Any conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs within three (3) years of date of application.
Five or more, or a combination of, moving citations or at-fault traffic collisions within seven (7) years of date of application
Any driver license suspension within five (5) years of date of application.
Conviction of a felony.
Conviction of a misdemeanor within five (5) years of application (MUST be off probation).
Any use of cocaine, methamphetamine, hallucinogens (GHB, MDMA/ecstasy, ketamine, etc.) previous to five (5) years of application will be evaluated according to age and number of times used.
Any marijuana use previous to three (3) years of application will be evaluated according to age and the number of times used.
Any illegal use of anabolic steroids previous to three (3) years of application will be evaluated and may constitute grounds for disqualification.
Any illegal use of a hypodermic needle/syringe.
Any conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Five (5) or more, or a combination of, moving citations or at-fault traffic collisions within five (5) years of date of application.