County of Alameda

Firefighter Recruit (#8137)

Bargaining Unit: IAFF 55A - Fire (019)
$39.98-$39.98 Hourly / $2,998.62-$2,998.62 BiWeekly /
$6,497.00-$6,497.00 Monthly / $77,964.00-$77,964.00 Yearly


Firefighter Recruit is the entry-level fire suppression, prevention, and emergency response position for the Alameda County Fire Department.  This classification exists solely for those who are completing their initial Fire Department Training in the Alameda County Fire Department Training Academy.    


Firefighter Recruit is a classification characterized by assignment to the Fire Recruit Academy and subsequent training assignments prior to appointment to a fire suppression position.  Under close supervision during this Academy, the Recruit must gain understanding of lifesaving and firefighting methods through intensive academic instruction and specialized training.  This class is distinguished from the classification of Firefighter in that incumbents are in training to effectively function in the position of Firefighter upon promotion.   

Upon successful completion of the training requirements, it is expected that incumbents promote to the class of Firefighter-EMT or Firefighter Paramedic.  Incumbents will serve a combined probationary period of 18-months in the Firefighter Recruit and the Firefighter classifications.


NOTE:    The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Attends the assigned Alameda County Fire Recruit Training Program by participating in classroom training and manipulative exercises and drills.
  2. Undergoes classroom training and manipulative exercises and drills to develop an awareness of the functions and responsibilities of Firefighter and how they relate to firefighting operations.
  3. Studies and completes homework assignments.
  4. Successfully completes periodic quizzes and examinations.  
  5. Satisfactorily completes other training as assigned by the Fire Department prior to being promoted to a line Firefighter, such as maintaining the fire station and equipment and participating in drills and training classes to assure proper state of emergency readiness.



Graduation from high school, possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Educational Development Certificate (State of California), or any higher level degree from an accredited college or university.


Active placement on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) State Eligibility List on or before the last day for filing of the application.  For more information, please visit:



  1. Valid California Emergency Medical Technician (EMT or AEMT) Certificate or California Paramedic License; active and unrestricted by the last day for filing of the application.
  2. Possession of a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate issued within the last twelve months from the last day of filing.  
  3. Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.  

The following are desirable:  

  • Successful completion of a California State Fire Marshal approved Firefighter I course.  
  • Current experience in the Alameda County Fire Department Reserve program or in a similar program sponsored by a municipal fire agency.    

Special Requirements:

  1. Minimum, 18 years of age. 
  2. Being able to successfully pass a thorough background investigation, medical examination (NFPA 1582) and psychological examinations.
  3. Must be eligible to obtain a Department of Energy security clearance.
  4. Those hired as firefighter-paramedics must be able to successfully obtain Alameda County Paramedic accreditation (EMSA Policy 2000).    

NOTE:    The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:    The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.  

Ability to:

  • Comprehend, remember, interpret, and apply written materials which may be of a complex and technical nature.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with the public.
  • Work as a member of an organized team.
  • Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
  • Remain calm and work effectively in stressful situations.
  • Adapt to changes in work assignments and duties.
  • Perform physical tasks that require coordination, strength, dexterity, and stamina.
  • Work at various heights, confined areas and low visibility conditions.
  • Climb ladders.
  • Learn the use of specialized tools and equipment.


RC:pf  2/7/03

Newspecs:  8137.doc

CSC Date:    2/26/03

RC:pf  Revised  10/21/03

CSC Date:   11/12/03

RC:sw 8/24/06

CSC Date:   9/13/2006

MH:po  8/9/07

CSC Date:    8/29/2007

MH:cs  Revised 06/22/10

CSC Date:  7/14/10

MH:cs  Revised 8/5/10

CSC Date:  8/11/10

MH:cs  Revised 8/24/11

CSC Date:  09/07/11

MAH: cs  Revised 7/9/12

CSC Date:  07/25/12

MAH:cs  Revised 7/10/14

CSC Date:  7/23/14

GH:cs  Revised 5/14/15

CSC Date:  5/27/15

GH:cs  Revised 2/25/16

CSC Date:  3/30/16

DRH:cs  5/4/16

CSC Date:  5/25/16

RE:sa Revised 06/18/2021

CSC Date: 06/30/2021

*** For benefit information, please refer to the recruitment brochure.