Required Training and Certification
For many reasons including state and federal regulations, national standards, risk management and program goals, the minimum training and certification requirements for the Volunteer Reserve Firefighter position are substantial. Those interested in the volunteer reserve firefighter position with County Fire must currently meet all of the minimum qualifications detailed below at the time of application submission. All Program Requirements must be obtained within 18 months of being in the Program.
All minimum qualifications must be met and valid at the time of application
- At least 18 years of age
- High school diploma or GED
California Class C Driver License, which must be maintained
throughout the Program
Auto insurance, which must be maintained throughout the
American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support CPR Card,
which must be valid at least 90 days after the Administrative
One of the following Physical Abilities Test (PAT), which must be
valid within one (1) year of the Administrative Orientation:
- Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Certification; OR
- Biddle Certification; OR
County Regional Physical Abilities Test (NCRPAT)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification or Paramedic
Accreditation by the County
of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
- County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS) EMT Certification; OR
- County of San Diego EMS
Wildland Training and Certification
- ALL National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Courses below:
- CAL FIRE/CDF Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy (BWFA); OR
- San Diego Miramar College Fire Technology & Emergency Medical Technician: Course FIPT 150W Wildland Firefighter Safety and Survival (80 hours); OR
- Southwestern College Fire Science Program: Course FS 144
Wildland Firefighting Academy
Incident Command System Certification
Each of these certifications can be obtained by completing free online training courses.
Defensive Driving Certification
The certificate can be earned by completing a free online training course provided by the State of California, Department of General Services and Office of Risk and Insurance Management.
CONDITIONS OF ACCEPTANCE INTO PROGRAM
- Applicants must successfully pass a background and medical screening
All certifications listed below must be obtained within 18 months in the Program
Rescue Awareness Training and Certification
All courses must follow the curriculums prescribed and approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
- Confined Space Rescue Awareness (7 hours); OR
- Confined Space Rescue Technician (40 hours); OR
- San Diego Miramar College Fire Technology & Emergency Medical Technician: Course FIPT 322B Confined Space Awareness (8 hours); OR
- Southwestern College Emergency
Medical Technician: Course FS 161 Confined Space Awareness
Fire Protection Organization and Structure Fire Training and Certification
- California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1
- California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1 certification
Hazardous Materials Training and Certification
The certifying course is 16 hours in duration and maintaining the certification requires an annual 8-hour refresher. The certification must meet the standards established by the California Specialized Training Institute.
- San Diego Miramar College Fire Technology & Emergency Medical Technician: Course FIPT 323B Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations; OR
- Southwestern College Fire Science Program: Course FS 110 Hazardous Materials; OR
- EMSTA College: Course Hazmat FRO – First Responder Operations Training; OR
- California Specialized Training Institute: Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations