Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County

Paid Call Firefighter (20086322)

Central Coast
5/31/2021 at 5pm
$14.00-$14.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


The Paid Call Firefighter (PCF) Entry Level position is the first position in the classification of Paid Call Firefighter. This position is supervised by the Training Battalion Chief, PCF Program Manager or direct supervisor. The Entry Level PCF must successfully complete a 12-month probationary period and acquire the basic knowledge, skills and abilities required for successful performance as a PCF.  During the probationary period, the PCF will attend a fulltime Fire Academy provided by the District. Before graduation of the Fire Academy, the PCF must possess a Certified First Responder (or equivalent) and a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card. Both must be recognized in Santa Cruz County and will not be provided by the District.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by July 1, 2021.
  • Possess a valid California Class C Driver's License and pass an "insurability" check by the District's insurance carrier.
  • Copy of current Driving Record issued by CA DMV- available online: www.dmv.ca.gov
  • Must live within Santa Cruz County.
  • Provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Possession of a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma by July 1, 2021.
  • Current CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) certification by the application closing date of the May 31, 2021. For CPAT information visit: www.fctconline.org/cpat/
  • Passing score of the written exam from FCTC, by the application closing date of the May 31, 2021. For FCTC information visit: www.fctconline.org/written-testing/
  • Must pass a District-provided medical physical exam including a drug screening and background investigation.


Typical Duties, may include but not limited to:

  • Respond to stations and incidents when requested.
  • Attend drills and training sessions as required.
  • Participate in District events such as fire prevention, public education, and community events.
  • Perform work as assigned by the Fire Chief or designated representative(s) relative to firefighting, its equipment and related facilities and grounds.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • EMT, EMT-D or EMT-P (National Registry).
  • Courses toward, or a degree in, Fire Protection Technology or a related field.
  • Successful completion of a District approved, fulltime Fire Academy.
  • Current Certified First Responder (or equivalent) and a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card. Both must be recognized in Santa Cruz County.


The deadline to apply is no later than 5 PM PST on May 31, 2021.

Central Fire District is an equal opportunity employer.

Ideal Candidate

Knowledge of:
●    Basic firefighting and rescue techniques.  
●    Emergency first aid and CPR using resuscitators and other emergency medical equipment. 
●    District’s policies, procedures, guidelines, and programs.
●    District vehicle and apparatus inventory. 


Ability to: 
●    Maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to adequately perform the typical duties outlined above. 
●    Maintain physical health, strength, stature, and ability to meet the demands of the position.
●    Become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician within twelve (12) months of appointment.
●    Attend drills and training sessions as required.
●    Respond to emergency incidents when called during the day and/or night. 
●    Commit to one 12 hour ride along per month during the first year of employment. 
●    Become a State Fire Training (SFT) Certified Firefighter I within 24 of appointment.


There are no benefits for Paid Call Firefighter- Entry Level.

Special Instructions


Completed applications must be submitted with:

  • Copy of valid California Driver’s License.
  • Copy of current driving record issued by CA DMV- available online.

There will be a section to upload these items when you fill out the application. 

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