The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

The Vallejo Fire Department consists of 87 employees, who are staffed between Administration, Suppression, EMS, Training, and Fire Prevention Sections. The Department averages over 14,500 calls per year and boasts two of the more active engine companies in the state.

Fire Suppression Section 

Fire Suppression has a staff of 76, including Firefighter-Paramedics, Engineers, Captains, and Battalion Chiefs. The staff are spread across three different shifts and six different stations to ensure City coverage to citizens 24/7. Each engine company is supervised by the shift Captain, who is supervised by a Battalion Chief.

Training Section

The Fire Training Section is responsible for providing continuous training and education to internal members; overseeing the Department's three-year Apprenticeship program, running the Apprentice Recruit Academy, and managing the Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Training staff consists of one Battalion Chief and a Fire Captain. 

Fire Prevention Section

The Fire Prevention Section is responsible for conducting fire/life safety inspections, plan checks and permits, fire reports and investigations, brush clearance, public education and outreach programs. The Fire Prevention Section staff consists of a Prevention Manager, two Fire Inspectors, and one Secretary.

For more information about the Vallejo Fire Department please visit their webpage by clicking here.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill 8 regular, full-time, vacancies and 12 limited-term, full-time vacancies for Firefighter/Paramedic. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year. 

Regular, full-time positions are approved by Council and allocated in the budget. These are benefited positions, considered part of the classified service, and are represented by IAFF.

Limited-term positions are typically established under grant funded or other contract programs that have a specified duration which is longer than that of extra help or temporary positions. They are generally 40 hours per week, are eligible for benefits and covered by City policies and applicable MOU's. These particular limited term positions are for SAFER grant positions and are full-time, benefited positions. While SAFER grant positions may be terminated after the three year grant period, the department anticipates retaining all hires through attrition. 

The Vallejo Fire Department is actively seeking highly motivated persons who have successfully been placed on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center Statewide Eligibility List (FCTC) and who possess both a valid EMT-Paramedic License and a valid Cal-Jac Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Card. The ideal candidates will have a desire to actively support our commitment to providing a high level of service to our community through innovation, training (employees and the community), and cutting edge technology. 

Recruits will undergo a fire training academy and receive additional departmental training designed to provide an overview of the fire service in various regulations and procedures, firefighter techniques, and other related duties. During the academy, recruits will be assigned to a 40/hour work week schedule. Upon completion, academy graduates will transition to a 56.3/hour work week. 

Firefighters/Paramedics receive paramedic specialty pay on top of base salary of Firefighter for their possession of required certifications and licenses.

Firefighter/Paramedic: $26.63 - $35.61 Hourly $2,998.94 - $4,009.75  Bi-Weekly $6,497.70 - $8,687.80 Monthly  $77,972.45 - $104,253.59 Annual


Receives supervision from supervisory or management staff.


Examples of 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.

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires, including rescue, entry, ventilating and salvage work.
  • Performs clean up and overhaul work and checking, testing and maintenance activities on apparatus and equipment to return it to readiness for further alarms.
  • Assists in maintaining fire apparatus and equipment and fire station and grounds.
  • Responds to emergency calls.
  • Operates resuscitators and inhalators and administers first aid.
  • Drives equipment to fire scenes and assumes responsibility for readiness of firefighting apparatus.
  • Assists in making residential, commercial and industrial inspections to discover and eliminate potential fire hazards, to educate the public in fire prevention and to be prepared for fire suppression tactics.
  • Participates in a continuing training and instruction program by individual study of technical material and attendance at scheduled drills and classes; may serve in the fire prevention unit.
  • Acts as relief fire captain as assigned.
  • Responds to major alarms while off duty.
  • May be required to work irregular hours, to stand by for calls, and to be quartered overnight at a fire station.


Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Elementary chemistry and mechanics.
Ability to:
  • Learn technical firefighting principles and techniques and principles of hydraulics applied to fire suppression.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the public.
  • Keep simple records and prepare reports.
  • Mechanical aptitude; physical endurance and agility.
  • Meet standards as to age, height, weight and physical condition.
Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.

Candidates for Firefighter/Paramedic must possess the following licenses/certifications prior to submitting an application:
  1. Valid Cal- JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Card dated between 03/9/2019-3/9/2020.
  2. Passing score (70% or higher) on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Written Test (
  3. Valid EMT-Paramedic License
  4. Must be active on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center Statewide Eligibility List (FCTC) before the closing date listed on the job bulletin. 
Candidates for Firefighter/Paramedic must possess the following licenses/certifications prior to hire:
  1. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS)
  2. Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certificate (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professional Certificate (PEPP)
  3. Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Certificate (PHTLS) or Basic Trauma Life Support Certification (BTLS) or International Trauma Life Support Certification (ITLS)
  4. A Valid Emergency Medical Technician-1 Certification 
  5. Valid California Driver's License must be obtained prior to employment with the City of Vallejo
Driver's License: Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License with a Firefighter's endorsement throughout the tenure of their employment.
Physical Requirements for both levels:
Must be physically capable of performing all essential duties required of a City of Vallejo Firefighter/Paramedic, including rigorous activities associated with emergency operations. Fitness will initially be determined by possession of a Cal- JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT), and ability to pass a medical evaluation.


Supplemental Information


The Recruitment & Selection Process
1. To be considered for this position candidates must complete a City of Vallejo online application and must scan and attach the required documents and certificates listed below to their application packet at time of submittal for consideration. Complete application packets must be submitted by Monday, March 9, 2020 at 5:00PM.  No consideration will be given to incomplete applications.
***IMPORTANT: To be considered you must attach the following documents and certificates to your online application:  

Front and back copies of certificates:
  • Valid Cal- JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Card
  • EMT-Paramedic License
  • Valid California Driver's License must be obtained prior to employment with the City of Vallejo

Applications received without the required attachments will be considered incomplete and will not be given further consideration

If you currently possess any or all of the following certificates/licenses required for all City of Vallejo Firefighter/Paramedics before time of hire, please attach front and back copies to your application: 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certificate (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professional Certificate (PEPP)
  • Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Certificate (PHTLS) or Basic Trauma Life Support Certification (BTLS) or International Trauma Life Support Certification (ITLS)
  • Valid Emergency Medical Technician-1 Certification

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