Fire Department

Recruitment

Recruitment

In existence for over 140 years, the Fresno Fire Department meets its challenges by virtue of its cohesive core values:  “Teamwork, Trust, and Commitment.”  There are an extraordinary pride and resiliency in the Fresno Fire family; all are motivated by a servant’s heart, fortifying and serving their community.

With a firefighting force of 312 sworn personnel, the FFD enjoys a reputation for being hard working, fast moving, and dedicated to education and progressive training of its members.  The mission statement of the FFD is: To protect and put service above all else” and a strong sense of duty and commitment is needed to be a part of the FFD team.  You will “fight a lot of fire” in Fresno where the community demands the most from their firefighters; but know fighting fires is not all you’ll do, as this profession involves so much more!  Over 45,000 times each year our men and women respond to emergencies, with over 70 percent of those being medical in nature.

As the Fire Chief, one of my responsibilities is to cultivate the best in our members so I ask you to join us at Fresno Fire – your legacy awaits you here!

Kerri L. Donis Fire Chief

Kerri L. Donis Fire Chief

Are you curious about employment as a Firefighter?

Minimum Requirements

Here are the minimum requirements to qualify to take the exam:

  • 20 years or older at time of application
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Current EMT Certification
  • Current CPAT
  • Current CPR card
  • Felony-free background
Desirable Requirements

The following items are desirable qualifications:

  • College degree
  • Basic Fire Academy or CSFM Firefighter I certificate
  • Fresno City College Fire Technology
  • Fire Science certificates/classes
  • Team player
  • Bilingual
  • Community Service/Volunteer spirit
  • High integrity/honest
  • Solid work history
  • Positive attitude
  • Reliable/dependable
  • Paramedic license
  • History of making good choices
  • Strong work ethic
Compensation & Benefits

Here are the compensation and benefits package (salaries effective June 1, 2017)

  • Firefighter Trainee ($4788/month) 14 weeks
  • Firefighter ($5320-$6794/month approx. $63,840-$81,528/year)
  • Medical/Dental/Vision benefits
  • Retirement pension and 457 plan
  • Paid vacation and holiday leave
  • Sick Leave
The Process

The testing process includes the following:

  • Preparation/Application
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Interview
  • Fire Chief interview
  • Extensive Background Check
  • Polygraph Exam
  • Medical Exam

We also offer a Ride-Along Program

If you are between the ages of 14 and 21, you may apply for our Fire Explorer Program.