Firefighter - 56 Hour (lateral)

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full Time Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $87,048.96 - $116,653.92 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Firefighters Local 1230 - Fire Suppress & Prevent Unit

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) -- a recognized fire service leader -- provides fire and emergency medical services to nearly a million people across its 304-square-mile District area, and through mutual aid, in and around the 19 cities and unincorporated communities of Contra Costa County, California.

Why should you consider joining Contra Costa County Fire Protection District?
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District understands the key to its success is its employees' success. Joining the CCCFPD team means joining an energetic, innovative team that is committed to being the best. If you want to learn, be challenged, and grow professionally, CCCFPD District is the organization for you!

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's priorities are to strive to become the premier fire organization that honors the past, recognizes the challenges of the present, and will continue to raise the bar of excellence into the future. CCCFPD understands that in the fire service industry, providing high-quality services means hiring high quality people.

Firefighter - 56 Hour (Lateral) employed by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District can expect to engage directly in firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster responses, fire prevention, public education, and community service. CCCFPD has multiple positions available within the county.

We are looking for someone who is:
  • Trustworthy - The Fire District's primary recruitment concern is that we are hiring people with the utmost integrity. As a firefighter, you need to understand that you represent the Fire District and your profession both on duty and off and are held to the highest standard of conduct and public opinion at all times.
  • Physically Fit - Many of the most crucial aspects of the job require a firefighter to have a high fitness level in order to providing high quality services to our community.
  • A Team Player â€" As a Firefighter you are a part of a team. Being a team player, and having the ability to work closely with peers, community members, and understanding the team concept is highly valued.
  • Dependable- Your team and community will need you to be able to be reliable, responsible, and dependable, and able to fulfill your obligations.
  • Tolerant to Stress- In this position, individuals need to be able to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Treating injured victims in traffic accidents, fires and other dangerous circumstances. Providing care and assistance to patients suffering from medical emergencies as part of an advanced life support fire company.
  • Performing hazard mitigation activities by responding to and controlling structure fires, wildland fires, vehicle fires, hazardous material releases, and other hazardous conditions.
  • Assisting with fire prevention and public education activities.
  • Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Working holidays, weekends and additional shifts when staffing vacancies require it.
  • Participating as team member in various specialized rescue disciplines.
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • CCCFPD is an all-risk fire agency that provides service from many different platforms. As a firefighter with CCCFPD you could be assigned to suppression on an engine company or truck company; to the air division providing service from a helicopter; to the marine division providing service aboard a fire boat; to the heavy fire equipment program providing service from a bulldozer; or as an auxiliary member of the USAR or hazmat team.
  • Many individuals gravitate to the firefighting profession for the camaraderie that it offers. Firefighter work as a team, with each man and woman in uniform depending on the other to perform a job. They commonly spend long hours together at a station, working 48-hour shifts. The fire station becomes a second home for many, with meals prepared and shared together like a family.
  • For those who prefer to steer clear of a 9-to-5 work schedule, flexible hours are another reason to be a firefighter. For instance, our firefighters work 48 hours on duty, and have 96 hours off duty. Fire stations commonly have sleeping and living quarters, along with kitchens and showers, allowing for meals, and rest when fire calls are not occurring.
  • The respect of the job. Being proud of what you do for a living.
  • The best reason to be a firefighter is to save lives. There is nothing more rewarding than helping other people and being able to make a difference in their lives.
  • CCCFPD is an extremely busy organization responding to multiple fires and complex incidents daily. If you are interested in being a firefighter and putting your skills to the test, Contra Costa Fire is for you.
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • As a Firefighter must stay physically fit and must possess stamina, endurance and strength to perform in an emergency.
  • You will need to be comfortable with exposure to extreme environmental conditions.
  • Although trained to make wise decisions and prepare for emergencies, a firefighter knows the risk of injury is present on every call.
Competencies Required:
  • Decision Making: Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Environmental Exposure Tolerance: Performing under physically demanding conditions
  • General Physical Ability: Using strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and coordination
  • Safety Focus: Showing vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards
  • Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative): Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Handling Stress: Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Listening: Fully comprehending spoken communication
  • Professional Impact: Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization
  • Teamwork: Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for 6 months.

Minimum Qualifications
License Required: (1) Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License at time of appointment. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process. Prior to the completion of the one year probation period, must possess and maintain thereafter a valid Class B Restricted Firefighter California Motor Vehicle Operator's License to drive and operate fire apparatus. (2) Possession of a valid California Emergency Medical Technician-1 (EMT-1) Certificate. Must obtain Contra Costa County EMT-1 Accreditation within 60 days of appointment. (3) Prior to the completion of the one year probation period, must possess and maintain thereafter a Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Level Certificate issued by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Education: Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency or high school proficiency certificate.

Experience: (1) Successful completion of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Academy as a Firefighter-Recruit; or (2) one year of active employment in a paid, full-time position as a sworn uniformed firefighter in a city, county, state or federal fire department.

Age: At least 18 years of age at date of final filing of applications.

Physical Requirements: Ability to meet such health standards as may be established by the County Medical Consultant.
Selection Process
  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date. A completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required at the time of applying.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Training and Experience Assessment: A thorough review of candidate's application including experience and certification will be conducted to measure candidates' qualifications and experience as they relate to the job. (Weighted 100%)
The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

Required Documentation:
Attach a copy of certificate/license with the application by the closing date:
  • Valid California or out of state Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Valid Emergency Medical Technician License
  • CPAT Test: To be considered for this position, you must have successfully passed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) administered by FCTC on or after May 1, 2021 (within the last 6 months). You have until November 19, 2021 to take the CPAT and provide a copy of the CPAT card to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Human Resources via e-mail at Please visit to register for upcoming CPAT test.


Please note that as of August 24, 2021, Contra Costa County enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required of all employees, including new hires. The policy requirements can be found here:


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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