Firefighter Trainee

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week CA 4410 Cathedral Oaks Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States Apply before 5/20/2024 5:00


Firefighter Trainee - Paramedic and/or EMT - Starting Pay $77,394 Annual Base Salary (During Santa Barbara County Fire Department Firefighter Recruit Academy).

Firefighter-EMT: Starting Pay $92,606 Annual Base Salary (Commences after Graduation from Academy), plus EMT Allowance - 4% of base salary Annually (Commences after Graduation from Academy).
Firefighter-Paramedic: Starting Pay $92,606 Annual Base Salary (Commences after Graduation from Academy), plus EMT Allowance - 4% of base salary Annually (Commences after Graduation from Academy), plus Paramedic Allowance - Approx. $12,229 - 11% of "E" step of Firefighter Annually (Commences after Accreditation Period).
We are accepting applications to fill vacancies in All Locations.  One employment list will be used to fill vacancies at all locations (separate employment lists for different locations will not be established).  Therefore, applicants must check "All Locations" on the application and be willing to accept assignment at any location.

Before submitting your application, please read the employment standards (qualifications) carefully and the remainder of the job bulletin.  If you do not meet the employment standards, we ask that you consider applying once you have met the required employment standards.  

About the County of Santa Barbara Fire Department:
Since 1926, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department has served and safeguarded the community from the impacts of fire, medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, and natural disasters through leadership, planning, education, prevention, code enforcement, and all-hazard emergency response. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has a rich tradition and commitment to service excellence; we are well equipped, well trained, and experienced. We have excellent working relationships with other State fire agencies and maintain a reputation as leaders in the region. We have 282 employees, an annual operating budget of $120.9 million, and a capital budget of $3.3 million . Services are provided through 16 fire stations, air operations, heavy equipment, and three offices located throughout Santa Barbara County. We serve the cities of Buellton, Goleta, and Solvang, private lands, and County unincorporated areas. To learn more about our department, please visit: .
THE POSITION:   Under immediate supervision, candidates will attend the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Firefighter Recruit Academy to receive instruction designed to qualify trainees for the classification of Firefighter; and in a non-safety capacity, to perform other duties as required.  Firefighter trainees should strive to continuously improve their skills in rescue services and emergency medical delivery and be able to adapt to, and implement, new techniques and procedures.
  1. Highly motivated; 
  2. Follows directions; 
  3. Cohesively works as part of a team; 
  4. Dedicated to delivering excellent customer service; 
  5. Works proficiently under pressure; 
  6. Organized and efficient; 
  7. Knowledge of basic emergency medical techniques;
  8. Committed to safety and prepared to work in adverse conditions.
For more information about the Fire Department, go to   
OVERVIEW OF THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT ACADEMY:  This is a trainee-level classification and incumbents are expected to successfully complete the Firefighter Recruit Academy, receive the recommendation of the Fire Chief, and promote to Firefighter as a condition of continued employment. 
The Fire Academy will operate Monday through Friday and may include some weekend days and evenings. Trainees participate in a physical training program, followed by morning line up, inspection and briefing for the day of training. The training day includes both classroom time and field exercises conducted at various locations throughout the county. Field exercises are designed to simulate actual firefighting tasks including advancing hose lines, working with tools as a team and individually under extremely difficult conditions including: confined space, restricted visibility, wearing heavy clothing and breathing from a self-contained breathing apparatus. Trainees must raise and climb ladders and be comfortable working high above the ground. Trainees are expected to climb steep hills while wearing protective clothing and packs, carrying heavy tools and hoses in extreme environmental conditions including high temperatures, humidity, and smoke. All facets of fire service response are covered, including, but not limited to: structural and wildland firefighting, hazardous materials, high angle rope rescue, emergency driving, confined space and trench rescue and delivery of emergency medicine.

Examples of Duties

  1. Attends the Firefighter Recruit Academy to obtain instruction in such topics as Structural and Wildland Firefighting, Emergency Medical Response, Hazardous Materials Response, Urban Search and Rescue, High Angle Rope Rescue, and related all-risk response duties.
  2. Participates in rigorous physical fitness training.

Employment Standards


  1. Placement on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List (SEL): AND
    • Possession of a valid driver’s license 
    • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) 
    • Possess a valid Cal-JAC CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) Card (must be valid on May 20, 2024) 
    • Receive a passing score of 70% or higher on the FCTC Written test (written test expires 12 months from date taken - test must be valid on May 20, 2024) 

2. Possession of a current California EMT-1 License


a current California EMT-P license.

Additional Qualifications:
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment.
  • A California Firefighter Endorsement is required within one year of appointment.
Applicants hired after December 26, 1988, shall be disqualified from further employment consideration if they use tobacco products in any form on or off duty.

Knowledge of:  Basic emergency medical techniques.
Ability to:  Learn the proper use of firefighting tools and equipment; understand and follow written and oral directions; effectively communicate verbally; work under a structured organization that will require emotional and physical stability under stress; work in an outdoor environment; and perform moderate and heavy physical activities for prolonged periods.

Desirable Qualifications:  
  • Possession of a current EMT-P license is highly desirable;
  • Fire suppression experience;
  • Firefighter I Certification issued by the California State Board of Fire Services or graduation from a State of California Certified Fire Fighter I Academy.
To view upcoming Cal-JAC CPAT and FCTC Written Test dates, click here: ().
Please visit    for further information regarding the CPAT, written tests, and to learn about the examination process, requirements, study materials, and other testing information including fees. Costs associated with taking the examinations are the responsibility of the applicant.
Applicants hired after December 26, 1988, shall be disqualified from further employment consideration if they use tobacco products in any form on or off duty.