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The San Bernardino County Fire District is an all-risk/full-service fire department committed to providing the highest level of service in the most efficient and cost effective manner to the citizens and communities that we serve.  Firefighter Trainee is the entry-level class in the Firefighter series, paid at $23.98/hr for a 40-hour workweek while attending the San Bernardino County Fire Tower (Academy). Trainees in the Tower learn and practice fire prevention and suppression; equipment and apparatus care, usage, safety, and maintenance; fire terminology, codes, policies, procedures and operations; and state and local laws.

Upon successful completion of the Tower, Trainees will be promoted to Firefighter – Paramedic, with a current salary range of $70,353-$90,039/year (56-hour workweek), PLUS EXCELLENT BENEFITS! including Medical, Dental, Vacation, Retirement, and much more!
(Need more information? Review Local 935 MOU for additional details.)

Probationary Period: Successful completion of the San Bernardino County Fire Tower (academy) is required, and includes completion of the Firefighter I Certification through the California State Fire Service Training and Education System and obtaining ICEMA Paramedic Accreditation in San Bernardino County (candidate is responsible for obtaining CA Paramedic License and ICEMA Paramedic Accreditation prior to Tower completion). Upon successful completion of the above Tower, incumbents will be appointed to a Firefighter – Paramedic position, and will serve a one-year probationary period. Successful completion of this probationary period will include completion of the Firefighter II Certification through the California State Fire Service Training and Education System.
Certifications: Firefighter Paramedics must possess and maintain all job-required certifications, including CA Paramedic License and ICEMA Paramedic Accreditation, as well as CPR & ACLS.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform during high stress situations. Must be able to hear in the normal audio range, without correction. Must possess the strength and stamina sufficient to lift and carry equipment and individuals, and be able to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus. Vision must be correctable to 20/20. May be required to pass a color perception test. Must be able to work in a variety of environmental conditions.
Other Requirements: Applicants will be fingerprinted and must pass a thorough background investigation which may include, but is not limited to, the following: fingerprinting for a Department of Justice criminal background check, polygraph, pre-employment psychological evaluation, DMV driving record check, military record check, reference checks, and review of prior employment history check. An applicant may be automatically disqualified for misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in the screening/selection/background check process. Job offers are made contingent upon passing a medical examination and meeting the medical requirements of NFPA 1582 (Standard Medical Requirements for Firefighter). Applicant must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test. Failure to meet medical standards may result in the withdrawal of employment offer. All employees must adhere to the provisions of the County Fire and Special Districts Dress Code, which prohibits all visible tattoos.
Health and Physical Condition: Persons seeking appointment to this class must meet the safety health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper for performance of the duties established by the San Bernardino County Fire District.
Dress: Candidates, applicants, and employees are expected to dress appropriately for all phases of testing, interviews, background, and on the job; dress should be business-casual at a minimum, unless instructed otherwise.

All candidates must be on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List (SEL), including a valid CA Paramedic License or Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) Certification, at the time of application. FCTC will validate your possession of all requirements and confirm to San Bernardino County for further processing of your application.


  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid Cal-JAC CPAT Card – (CPAT results are uploaded automatically by FCTC)
  • Receive a passing score on the FCTC Written Test – Written test score expires 12 months from date taken


  • A valid California Paramedic License OR Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) Certification is required at the time of application and must be attached to your application. In addition, a copy must be on file with, and verified by FCTC.
    Note: If a copy of your CA Paramedic License or NRP is not attached, your application will not move forward in the process.
  • Current ACLS & CPR/BLS certifications.

If you have any questions regarding your placement on the FCTC SEL, please visit It is your responsibility to ensure all items are current and valid and up-to-date, and on file as indicated.  

APPLY AT: (909) 387-8304 ADA/EEO
APPLY BY: 5/17/21 5:00 PM


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