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  • What to expect as a new CVFD Firefighter?

    New recruits start with an intensive 12 week formalized training program (Fire Academy). 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 firefighters.
    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.
  • Why work for the CVFD?

    •  the City of Chula Vista is 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.
    • Chula Vista is rapidly expanding residentially, commercially, and industrially. As the city’s population increases, the demand for fire and emergency services is expanding.
    • The CVFD operates nine fire stations; the Fire Facility Master Plan has three more stations 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 15,000 emergency and non-emergency requests including fire, medical, rescue, hazardous materials, and public assistance calls.
    • The FD has a training facility, which 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 training room where up to 58 students can be instructed on urban search and rescue, disaster preparedness, and hazardous material safety.
    • The CVFD is also among the few fire departments in the United States that has an urban search and rescue dog.
  • What to expect during the testing process?

    There are several phases to the testing process:

    1. The written test will measure reasoning skills, mechanical aptitude, and reading comprehension. Successful testers move to phase two.
    2. The oral interview will include an evaluation of education, experience, interest, and personal qualifications for the position.
    3. Paramedic Simulation,  including megacode.
    4. Background Investigation.
    5. Conditional job offer when openings occur.

     

  • Is there a fee for Fire Department plan check review?

    Fees are charged for all plans reviewed by the Fire Department. The fees include review of plans and field inspection services.Fee Schedule
  • Preparing for the next recruitment?

    Firefighting positions are 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 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.
  • How long does it take for a plan check review by the Fire Department?

    • New Plan Review is 14 Calendar Days
    • Recheck Plan Review is 7 Calendar Days
    • Expedite is 7 Calendar Days

    All plans must be submitted with four sets of plans, completed permit application, and payment.

  • What services does a Chula Vista Firefighter provide?

    Today's firefighters provide many services in addition to responding to fires. Including:

    • Medical aids
    • Vehicle accidents & rescues
    • Hazardous materials spills
    • Public assistance
    • Fire prevention and public education
    • Advance Life Saving
  • What are the requirements to become a Firefighter?

    • Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of application submission
    • High school diploma or G.E.D.
    • A California class "C" drivers license is required at the time of hire
    • Certification in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the state of California
    • 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 evaluation.
    • Proof of citizenship or provide documentation that gives the individual the legal right to work in the United States
    • 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 reasonable accommodation
  • How to request a Fire Station Tour?

    The public is invited to visit any one of the nine fire stations for the purpose of learning more about our firefighter duties and to learn about Fire Safety and Prevention. However, due to training and other scheduled needs, please call 619-691-5029 to make arrangements for fire station tours. Residents and groups should have the desired date and time selected for a tour before contacting the Fire Department.

  • Where can I dispose of a Christmas tree?

    Each year, Chula Vista residents can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them out at the curb with their regular trash for pick-up between December 26 and January 5. The trees must not exceed 48-inches in length. Longer trees must be cut to this size. Metal tree stands must be removed. Wooden stands are acceptable. Flocked trees will be picked-up as regular trash. City residents living in apartments should contact their apartment manager for information regarding FREE Christmas Tree Pick-Up. Trees will be collected one day a week at each apartment complex when scheduled through Pacific Waste Services.
  • Where do I dispose of an out of compliance LPG cylinder?

    The cylinder must be purged and empty before it can be recycled. City residents can contact Pacific Waste Services at 619-421-9400 and schedule a ‘Bulky Item Pick-Up’. This phone call must be placed two days prior to the resident’s regular trash service day for pick-up that week.
  • Who do I contact to report a need for weed abatement?

    Contact the Fire Prevention Division at (619) 691-5029. Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Where can I get a CPR class?

    Check the available Heartsaver CPR information.
  • What size fire extinguisher do I need for my home or business?

    The minimum size fire extinguisher for a business or multi-family residence is 2A-10BC for every 6000 square feet of area, and not to exceed 75 feet of travel distance to access the extinguisher. Single-family residences should consider the area they wish to protect and be guided by the vendor’s recommendation.
  • Where can I dispose of household hazardous waste materials?

    Residents ONLY of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and National City may dispose of these items at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility at 1800 Maxwell Road, within the parking lot of the Chula Vista Public Works Facility. Visit their website or call (619) 691-5122 to learn more.
  • Where do I dispose of a fire extinguisher?

    Fire extinguishers may be disposed of if they have been depressurized. The extinguisher is then considered ‘metallic waste’. City residents can dispose of these items by contacting Pacific Waste Services at 619-421-9400, and schedule a ‘Bulky Item Pick-Up’. This request must be made two days before their regular trash service day.
  • How can I get a fire inspection for my business?

    Contact the Fire Prevention Division  at (619) 691-5029.
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