Central Valley
Until filled or until 150 applicants
$3,757.00-$4,756.00 Monthly

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


2755 Third St. Ceres, 95307




2  anticipated positions available


Salary: $3,757 – 4,756 monthly (paid bi-weekly) **CURRENTLY IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS**


Tentatively scheduled to Open:  Thursday, August 23, 2018

Closed:  Monday, September 3, 2018

 Interview Panel:  Mid-September



Candidates who are active on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List, on or before August 23, 2018, will be eligible to apply and may be considered for interviews. Candidates must have a valid CPAT card dated within twelve (12) months of August 23, 2018. The City of Ceres will receive a list of eligible candidates from FCTC on August 23, 2018 and will notify selected candidates of their eligibility to apply for this position by email invitation only.

YOU MUST UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING CERTIFICATES AS A SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT: CPAT, EMT, CPR/AED, HAZMAT First Responder Operations and FIREFIGHTER 1 or FIRE ACADEMY. Candidates must apply through CalOpps, via the special link provided on or after August 22, 2018.

Summary Description

Under general supervision, performs various duties to protect life, property, and the environment including to respond to emergency medical, fire, rescue, and hazardous materials alarms and public service calls; maintains firefighting, emergency medical, and associated vehicles, apparatus, and equipment; performs the full range of fire suppression duties; provides basic life support emergency medical assistance; conducts fire prevention inspection and public education programs including fire safety inspections of buildings; and conducts and participates in firefighting, fire prevention, public education, disaster preparedness, and related training activities.

Representative Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1.       Respond to fire, emergency medical, rescue, and hazardous material alarms and emergency calls to protect life, property, and environment; perform tasks to suppress or control fires, limit damage, and reduce injury and death caused by fires, accidents, or other calamities; respond to non-emergency calls for service as necessary.

2.       Assist in all phases of fire suppression; place fire hoses; set ladders; ventilate and enter burning structures to extinguish fires and rescue victims; operate pneumatic and auxiliary equipment such as generators and pumps.

3.       Perform tasks that support the activities of emergency medical services (EMS) workers in providing emergency medical care; perform emergency medical tasks in patient care and administers basic life support at the EMT level to victims of injury or illness.

4.       Assist with annual equipment testing; perform routine and minor repairs and maintenance; identify needs for major repairs; maintain records of maintenance work performed.

5.       Assist with the cleaning and reloading of all equipment, tools, and apparatus upon completion of fire or emergency response activities; repair and maintain air packs.

6.       Assist in the investigation of fire scenes to determine causes; preserve evidence and provides observations to investigators.

7.       Maintain skill levels, new equipment and procedure familiarization, and certifications that are relevant and/or required for assigned responsibilities; participate in drills and training exercises, classes, and activities including but not limited to those related to fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, technical rescue, extrication, physical fitness, and other related areas.

8.       Participate in public relations, fire/safety education activities, and fire prevention activities including station tours, fire safety/fire suppression education away from the station, school education programs, group activities, fire drills, courtesy walk through visits, and phone inquiries.

9.       Present classes and other training to various groups including other employees, volunteers, and members of the general public in subjects related to fire service.

10.    Participate in fire and life safety inspections; perform routine inspections of commercial, industrial, residential, and other buildings; perform fire sprinkler, alarm, and hydrant flow tests; identify fire and life safety hazards; provide suggestions for correction; schedule re-inspections for verification of correction; submit reports as needed.

11.    Perform general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire station facilities and equipment; clean living quarters, kitchen, bathrooms, and other areas of the fire station.

12.    Perform special projects as assigned; assist in developing plans for special assignments such as emergency preparedness, hazardous communications, training programs, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency aid activities.

13.    Perform related duties as required.

Ideal Candidate


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

·         Fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire investigation.

·         Principles, practices, and procedures used in modern firefighting and in the protection of lives and property.

·         Methods and techniques of basic life support and rescue.

·         Principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

·         Hazardous materials and chemical spill response techniques.

·         Mechanical, chemical, and related characteristics of a wide variety of flammable and explosive materials and objects.

·         Principles of combustion and cause of fire.

·         Principles of building construction and fire protection systems.

·         Geography and street layout of the City and surrounding area.

·         City water system, fire hydrant locations, fire sprinkler/standpipe systems, and preventive maintenance of said systems.

·         Current safety practices as they relate to equipment and procedures involved in the fire service.

·         Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

·         Methods and techniques of public relations.

·         Mathematical concepts and principles.

·         Basic record keeping principles and practices.

·         Basic office procedures and methods; a basic working knowledge of computers is desirable.

·         Radio procedures.

Ability to:

·         Perform a variety of fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical response, and technical rescue activities.

·         Take command of the fire station, fire scene or other emergency situations in the absence of superior officers.

·         Render emergency medical care as necessary.

·         Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair a variety of fire suppression, emergency medical, and associated equipment.

·         Demonstrate mechanical aptitude as required in the operation of firefighting equipment.

·         Deal effectively with upset or emotional persons or patients.

·         Retain presence of mind and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.

·         Analyze emergency situations and develop appropriate courses of action.

·         Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

·         Perform fire inspections and determine cause and origin of fires.

·         Prepare and present public information and educational programs.

·         Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

·         Complete and prepare a variety of forms and reports.

·         Work varied shifts, on weekends, or during holidays.

·         Demonstrate physical endurance, agility, strength, and stamina in the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions.

·         Observe and follow safe firefighting, EMS, and other work practices.

·         Understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately.

·         Operate modern office equipment and computers including applicable software applications.

·         Deal politely and effectively with the public.

·         Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

·         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in fire science, emergency medical techniques, mechanics, or a related field.

License or Certificate (all certification must be issued in the State of California):

Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license.

The ability to obtain an F endorsement or valid California Class B driver’s license with appropriate endorsements by completion of probation.

Possession of Firefighter I certification or completion of an accredited Fire Academy.

Possession of appropriate, valid EMT, or EMT-P and CPR/AED certifications.

Possession of Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations certification.

**Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment


MOU:  Benefits and compensation for this position are administered under the Ceres Professional Firefighters Local 3636 (For a complete MOU, go to:  www.ci.ceres.ca.us (Click: Human Resources)

RETIREMENT/PENSION: The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (currently or within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, eg. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 3% @ 50 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2.7% @ 57 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, currently 14.25%, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest salary years.

HEALTH: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at  NO COST  to the employee and family!  Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Blue Shield HMO, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision. 

OTHER BENEFITS: The City contributes an additional $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan for the purchase of voluntary benefits (e.g. Life/AD&D or FSA for daycare and unreimbursed medical expenses) or  employee contributions to the employee’s deferred compensation (457) supplemental retirement account, Retiree Health Savings or Health Savings Account, as applicable.to certain voluntary benefits are taken as pre-tax deductions. 

ANNUAL LEAVE: Holidays are paid in-lieu; vacation accrues at a beginning rate of 119 hours per year and increases after four (4) years with a maximum accrual cap of 672 hours; sick leave is 133.9 annual accrued hours with no cap.

The City also participates in Social Security, which has a mandatory 7.65% contribution.

Special Instructions



To be considered for this recruitment, you must be on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List.  Ceres Fire is hiring directly off of this list. Visit www.FCTConline.org immediately to register for upcoming CPAT and written tests, and to learn about the examination process, requirements, study materials and fees.  

A limited number of applicants by rank order will advance to the next testing phase.  Note:  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.  Candidates will be invited to interview before a panel of  Fire subject matter experts.  Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled in mid September, 2018. 

Candidates who achieve a passing score at the interview will be placed on a six (6) month Employment Eligibility List.   The top three (3) scores will be referred to the Fire Department for a selection interview with the Fire Chief or department designee. 

A select number of candidates will be authorized by the Fire Department to advance to the Background Investigation, including fingerprinting.  Candidates who pass the Background Investigation will receive a Conditional Employment Offer and will advance to the pre-employment medical examination which will include medical, drug testing, psychiatric and physical exams.

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