NOW HIRING FIREFIGHTERS

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FEBRUARY 1 - 24, 2019













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FIREFIGHTER TRAINEE

SALARY

During Academy (Firefighter Trainee) $62,337.60 Annually

Following Academy Graduation (Firefighter) $70,528.68 - $94,814.73 Annually


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

7 STEPS

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1

February 1 - February 24, 2019

Confirm Minimum Qualifications


2

take Written Exam

Week of March 11, 2019

Assess General Aptitude


3

take PHYSICAL AGILITY Exam

March 25 - March 31, 2019

Evaluate Physical Agility


4

Complete Interviews

April 15 - May 10, 2019

June 10 - August 15, 2019

Panel Interview: Demonstrate Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Chief’s Interview: Determine Organizational Fit


5

PASS Candidate Review

Fall 2019

Pass Background Checks, Psychological Exam, Medical Exam, Live Scan


6

Graduate from the Fire Academy

May 20, 2020

Successfully Complete 16-week Classroom and Physical Fitness Program that Includes Fire Service Training


7

COMPLETE NEW EMPLOYEE PROBATION

May 2021

Demonstrate Position Competencies Over a 52 Week Probationary Period

THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME STARTS HERE

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We foster an environment that supports career advancement & specialized training

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ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

FEBRUARY 1 - 24, 2019

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Application

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.


Eligibility list

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


BIDDLE

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


Forgot username/password

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.


EMT LICENSE

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

(949) 496-3118


North Orange County Regional Occupational Program

385 N. Muller Street

Anaheim, CA 92801

(714) 502-5858

Central County Regional Occupational Program

Career Education Center

250 S. Yorba

Orange, CA 92869

(714) 997-6066


Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, California 92626

(714) 432-0202

Central County Regional Occupational Program

Chapman Hettinga Education Center

11852 Knott Street

Garden Grove, CA 92841

(714) 663-6546


Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

(949) 528-4500

Coastline Regional Occupational Program

1001 Presidio Square

Costa Mesa, California 92626-1584

(714) 979-1955


Santa Ana College

1530 W. 17th Street

Santa Ana, CA 92706

(714) 564-6000


Automatic Disqualifiers

Q: Does the OCFA have employment disqualifications?

A: Yes, Orange County Fire Authority Employment Disqualification Guidelines are as follows:

Conviction- Related

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony involving domestic violence, sexual-related offenses, crimes against children, and/or larceny offenses committed as an adult.

Drug-Related

  • 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.

Driving-Related

  • 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.


Possible Disqualifiers

 

Conviction-Related

  • Conviction of a felony.

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor within five (5) years of application (MUST be off probation).

Drug-Related

  • 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.

Driving-Related

  • 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.