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San Jose Fire Department

Position Title: Firefighter Recruit

Position Type: Firefighter

Closed date: 04/25/2014

Job Description

1661 Senter Road

Updated: September 09, 2013

Classification: Firefighter Recruit

The City of San Jose is currently recruiting for Firefighter Recruit. All testing for this position must be completed by end of business day April 25, 2014. This position requires FireTEAM testing through National Testing Network (NTN) and a valid CPAT at the time of closing.

Salary Information:

  • Compensation: Full-time with Benefits
  • Fire Recruit: $30.19 hourly, $62,795.20 annual
  • Firefighter, Step I:
    $2536.80 bi-weekly base pay; $65,956.80 annual (upon successful completion of the Academy)
  • Anti-terrorism training pay 2% of base
  • Holiday-in-lieu pay: 5.623% of base
  • EMT Pay: 3% of top step Firefighter (currently $102.02 bi-weekly)

Eligible employees would also receive additional premium pay upon successful completion of the Academy:

  • Paramedic Pay: 12% of top step Firefighter (currently 408.10 bi-weekly)
  • Oral Bilingual Pay: $29 bi-weekly
  • Education & Training Pay (AA/AS - BS, Fire Science, Fire Technology, Fire Protection Technology): $35 bi-weekly.

Benefit Information:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Uniform Allowance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Retirement:
    Retirement benefits for the Firefighter position are subject to change based upon ongoing contract negotiations between the City of San Jose and Local 230, IAFF.

More information available at

Contact Information: City of San Jose Human Resources

Department Overview:

The San Jose Fire Department is committed to excellence in public safety. We embrace innovative approaches to meet the evolving needs of our diverse city. We work in partnership with the community to achieve a fire and hazard safe environment.

The San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) is committed to serving the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response.

City Information:

San Jose was founded in 1777 and is located in the South San Francisco Bay area within Santa Clara County, CA. It is the 10th largest city in the US and the 3rd largest city in California. SJFD serves the city-proper and other Santa Clara County areas with a total population that exceeds 1 million.

Responding to approximately 74,000 calls for service each year (from 33 Fire Stations), SJFD is a high-volume, high-performance, full-service fire department. In terms of critical infrastructure, SJFD is the emergency service provider for a number of high-hazard occupancies, including an International Airport, 1 municipal airport, 7 major hospitals (including 3 trauma centers, and 7 emergency departments), the SAP Center (home of the NHL San Jose Sharks - maximum occupancy 20,000), San Jose State University (the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast - student population of 31,906), three super regional malls, and 516 high-rise structures.

Population: Approximately 1 Million

Job Requirements

  • Age (18) years of age at time of application.
  • Education High School Grad/GED
  • Experience Entry
  • Additional Requirement :

    US Citizen: Can lawfully work in US

    Valid CALIFORNIA State Driver's License

    Ability to Read/Speak English


    Please read the following information to ensure that you meet the minimum vision standards.

    • Uncorrected Vision: (If you do not wear glasses or contact lenses, and have not had any vision-related surgery or medical procedures), the vision standard is: 20/100 binocular (both eyes open)
    • Corrected Vision: Your vision, with glasses or soft contacts, must be 20/20 binocular (both eyes open); 20/40 in the worst eye.
    • Soft Contacts: One year of successful use prior to the examination. Eye glasses are to be used as back-up on an emergency basis and must be available at all times.
    • Eyeglasses must be worn when using respirators.

    Necessary Certifications:

    CPAT certification card which is not more than one-year-old by closing date.

    Proof of EMT Licensure and Certification as demonstrated by:

    • Possession of current active certification as a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Basic (OR)
    • Possession of current active certification as a California State Fire Marshal Emergency Medical Technician I (OR)
    • Possession of current active certification as an Emergency Medical Technician I from any County in the State of California.

    Desirable Qualifications:

    • Department of Defense Fire Fighter I Certificate
    • California State Fire Marshal Firefighter I
    • Military Veteran
    • Bilingual (Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese)
    • California Class B Commercial Firefighter Driver's License
    • AA/AS/BA/BS in Fire Science or Fire Technology

    Proof of Paramedic Licensure and Certification as demonstrated by:

    • Documentation of successful completion of an approved paramedic training program and successful completion of the National Registry of EMT-P's written and practical examinations by the date of the written examination and actual possession of a current and valid paramedic license issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority (OR)
    • Possession of a valid EMT-P certification from another state, territory, country and registration with the National Registry of EMT-P's by the date of the written examination and actual possession of a current and valid paramedic license issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority (OR)
    • Possession of a current and valid Paramedic license issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority.

Salary Information

Salary: $62,795 annual

Contact Information
San Jose Fire Department
1661 Senter Road
San Jose, California 95112

How To Apply

To apply and sign up for pre-employment testing (FireTEAM), go to and click on FIREFIGHTER JOBS. Select the department and read over all the requirements and if qualified, select a testing location and a time and date for testing on the website calendar. You will also be required to fill out a PHQ through your candidate account. For questions concerning the testing process, click on the Support link on the NTN website.

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