Interested in a Career?
A Career in the Fire Service!
Today's firefighters provide many services in addition to responding
to fires. The varied and exciting duties of today’s firefighter
include medical aids, vehicle accidents, rescues, hazardous materials
spills, public assistance, fire prevention and public education.
If you possess the commitment and dedication to serve a very important
role in the community, then the fire service might be right for
you! Careers in the fire service are exciting, rewarding, and challenging.
Become a Firefighter
The City of Chula Vista recruits for the position of firefighter
every two or three years. If you are interested in participating in the next testing
process, please look at the City of Chula Vista Human Resources job opportunity section: City Of Chula Vista Human Resources Web page.
The City of Chula Vista is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants
must be 18 years of age at the time of application submission, and
have a high school diploma or G.E.D. A California class "C"
drivers license is required at the time of hire, as well as certification
in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the state of California.
A strong desire to work hard and make a contribution to the community
are attributes the Fire Department looked for in the hiring process.
Applicants should also be physically fit to meet the demands of
the job. Employment may be contingent upon completion of a pre-placement
medical exam, which may include a drug screen and a psychological
Successful applicants will be asked to show proof of citizenship
or provide documentation that gives the individual the legal right
to work in the United States. The Fire Department does provide training
to new fire recruits.
Qualified minority and female applicants are encouraged to participate
in the examination process. Under the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA), qualified individuals with a disability that require
assistance during the testing process should notify the City of
Chula Vista Human Resources Department one week prior to request
Preparing for the next recruitment?
To obtain a firefighter position, applicants need to be very competitive.
Any additional training and education received in the Fire Science
field will be of benefit. Consult a local community college for
course information and the location of the nearest fire academy,
as well as the local fire department regarding Fire Reserve programs.
A high level of physical fitness should also be maintained; firefighters
must be in excellent physical condition at all times to safely perform
the duties of their job. Cardiovascular fitness and upper body strength
are essential. A good physical fitness program will help applicants
pass the physical agility test.
What to expect during the testing process
There are several phases to the testing process. Participation in
a written test will measure reasoning skills, mechanical aptitude,
and reading comprehension. Upon successfully completing the written
test, applicants complete oral interviews and a physical agility
test. The oral interviews will include an evaluation of education,
experience, interest, and personal qualifications for the position.
The physical agility test will include a series of job simulations
that will test stamina, strength, and fitness.
City of Chula Vista
Chula Vista, the second largest city in San Diego County, offers
the potential firefighter a variety of working challenges. The fire
department serves a community rich in diversity and a large retirement
community providing for unique challenges. With the potential for
more growth in the South Bay region, Chula Vista’s Fire Department
also is growing to meet the needs of its residents.
The City of Chula Vista Fire Department has one of the most modern,
up-to-date departments in San Diego County. With the new high-tech
communication/dispatch center, the city’s modern Pierce engines
can roll onto a scene within minutes. The Chula Vista Firefighters
are among the best-trained personnel in the county. The city’s
training facility includes a 4-story training tower where firefighters
learn skills such as fire suppression, heavy rescue, rappelling
techniques, ladder placement and high-angle rescues. The site also
includes a state-of-the-art training room where up to 58 students
can be instructed on urban search and rescue, disaster preparedness,
and hazardous material safety. The Chula Vista Fire Department is
also among the few fire departments in the United States that has
an urban search and rescue dog.
Chula Vista, the second largest city in San Diego County and the
seventh fastest growing city in the nation, encompasses over 50
square miles. It is rich in diversity and tradition and includes
a large retirement community.
The fire department faces a variety of unique challenges because
of the City’s expanding residential, commercial and industrial
base. As the city’s population increases, the demand for fire
and emergency services is expanding.
The City currently operates nine fire stations; two more stations
are scheduled to open in the next several years. Every year the
Fire Department’s eight engines, two trucks, Heavy Rescue vehicle
and brush engine respond to nearly 12,000 emergency and non-emergency
requests including fire, medical, rescue, hazardous materials, and
public assistance calls.
There is also a four-story training tower and extensive training
grounds to provide the latest, up-to-date training possible for
the Chula Vista staff. New recruits start with an intensive 12 week
formalized training program. This program consists of classroom
instruction as well as drills designed to prepare the new recruit
for a career in the fire service.
After the formalized training, recruits are then assigned to one
of the fire stations for on-the-job training. There, they will continue
to learn the duties utilizing hands-on training from experienced
After successful completion of this training phase, the recruit
will be assigned to another station to work rotating shifts on a
24-hour basis, which includes weekends and holidays. Firefighters
may be required to work back-to-back shifts and be on-call as necessary
by departmental activities and staffing levels. Fire Recruits serve
a 12-month probationary period.
Directions to Chula Vista
From Interstate 5:
Exit at E Street, go east to Fourth Avenue, turn right on Fourth
Avenue and proceed to corner of Fourth and F Streets.
From State Highway 54:
Exit at Fourth/Highland Avenue; go south to corner of Fourth and
From Interstate 805:
Exit on E Street, go west to Fourth Avenue, turn left on Fourth
Avenue and proceed to corner of Fourth and F Streets.