Are you interested in becoming a City of Pismo Beach Reserve Firefighter?
About CAL FIRE/ City of Pismo Beach Fire Department
The Reserve Firefighter positions are administered by the CAL-FIRE/ Pismo Beach Fire Department. Staff includes a Battalion Chief, five Captains, three Engineers, two Firefighter II’s and an Administrative Assistant. Additionally, the department employs 20 Reserve/ Paid Call Firefighters, 25 Seasonal Lifeguards and Junior Lifeguard program instructors. The Fire Department operates two front line Type I Engines, one Type III Engine, one Type I Reserve Engine, one Type II Rescue and a Rescue Water Craft out of two fire stations.
What are the responsibilities of a Reserve Firefigher?
Reserve Firefighters are required to attend an initial training program and also attend required drills. Reserve Firefighters will be trained to perform emergency response functions such as structure and wildland fires, vehicle traffic collisions, emergency medical response, technical rescue such as cliff-side and surf (ocean) rescue. Reserves will also participate in fire prevention activities, operate and maintaining firefighter equipment and apparatus and station cleaning and maintenance. Reserves are required to be available for call back to augment on duty staff during emergencies. After successfully completing an eight month training program, reserves are required to work a minimum of two shifts per month.
Education and experience you need to apply
What is the compensation for the position?
- Applicants must be 18 years of age at time of application
- Have a high School diploma or GED
- Possess a current valid Class C driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record
- Must have a current California EMT certificate
- Successful completion of a State Certified Firefighter Academy or SLO County Volunteer Firefighter Academy is recommended, but not required
- Must be able to pass a 500 meter swim
- Must be able to provide a current Candidate Physical Ability Test
- Must be able to perform rigorous physical activity associated with firefighting; remain calm and work efficiently under emergency conditions; be comfortable working from heights; be a moderate to strong swimmer in the ocean; read maps; understand and carry out oral and written directions; exercise initiative; understand and act in accordance with departmental policies, rules, instructions, and written material in the field of firefighting.
The pay rate for Reserve Firefighter is $10.08 per hour during the initial training period. Upon completion of training, the rate is $11.19 – $13.43, depending on the level of previous experience, education, and training. Social Security and Workers Compensation are provided. No other health, welfare, retirement, or paid leave benefits are provided. This position is not considered full time employment. Reserve Firefighters are limited to 900 hours per year. A normal shift consists of 19 hours paid with 5 hours standby. The average Reserve Firefighter works 2-3 shifts per month.
How do you apply?
Visit the city of Pismo Beach Job Opportunities Website
You may also electronically submit a job interest card at the following site:
San Luis Obispo EMSA EMT information:
California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee Candidate Physical Abiltiy Test (CPAT)
CAL FIRE-San Luis Obispo County Fire Training
Allan Hancock College Fire Technology Program