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 SDCFA must currently meet all training and certification requirements detailed below at the time of application submission.
The San Diego County Fire Authority has partnered with San Diego Miramar College Fire Technology & Emergency Medical Technician Programs to allow prospective volunteer reserves the ability to obtain all required training and certifications for the volunteer firefighter position. Through the Miramar program, it is possible for an individual to complete all the position’s requirements in 16 weeks, while earning a total of 16 college credits. The program also provides a great opportunity to learn more about the work firefighters perform, often in a hands-on simulated environment.
The specific requirements for the volunteer reserve firefighter position are detailed below. Those interested in the volunteer reserve firefighter position with SDCFA must currently meet all training and certification requirements detailed below at the time of application submission.
* Appointments for the CPAT can be made on www.fctconline.org/cpat/.
|Emergency Medical Training (EMT) and Certification|
|Volunteer firefighters must be certified as a Emergency
Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic by the County
of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Below are
the medical certification requirements for the volunteer
firefighter position. |
EMT or Paramedic certification in other states or counties is not sufficient. Prospective applicants must complete the necessary registration with the County of San Diego EMS. Certifications and related information are provided by County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Local opportunities for completing the required EMT or Paramedic training can be found here.
|Rescue Awareness Training and Certification|
Certification in rescue awareness is a requirement of the volunteer firefighter position. All courses must follow the curriculums prescribed and approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The following options fulfill the rescue awareness certification requirement.
|Fire Protection Organization AND Structure Fire Training and Certification|
The required structure (i.e. buildings) firefighter training is often the most challenging and time consuming training for prospective volunteers to obtain. Graduating from an accredited fire academy in the State of California is one option for fulfilling this requirement, but it is not the only option. The following training and certification options meet this training and certification requirement:
NOTE: If you have an IFSAC PRO Board other than the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) you will need to complete the CSFM reciprocity process prior to applying.
Please be aware that SDCFA only accepts structure fire training that has been completed within the LAST 5 YEARS (unless you are a FF1 or higher). If your structure firefighter training does not meet the specific qualifying options above, please call (858) 974-5999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your training.
Wildland fire academies provide individuals valuable training and skill; however, wildland academies by themselves do not generally fulfill the structure firefighting training requirement.
|Wildland Firefighting Training and Certification|
Training and Certification in wildland firefighting can be completed with the following:
|Hazardous Materials Training and Certification|
Certification in Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational (FRO) which meets California Govt. Code 8574.19-22; Title 8, Section 5192; and Federal OSHA requirements 29 CFR 1910.120. 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.
Local opportunities for obtaining the certification include but are not limited to:
|Incident Command System Certification|
|All the certifications below are required. Each of these certifications can be obtained by completing free online training courses.|
Defensive driving certification is required. 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.