Position Detail:

Redwood City Fire Department
755 Marshall Street
Redwood City, CA 94063

San Mateo County

415-780-7149 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Lateral Firefighter - First 200 applicants
Last Filing Date:  December 10, 2020

Special Instructions:  



About Redwood City
Redwood City is a Charter City operating under the council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year staggered terms (with a four-term limit). Council Members select the Mayor and Vice Mayor from amongst their colleagues to serve in those respective capacities for a period of two years. The city is a full service city with the departments of Library, Police, Fire, Community Development, Parks Recreation and Community Services, Public Works, and Finance, along with the City Manager`s Office, City Clerk`s Office, and City Attorney`s Office. Municipal services are delivered with the support of over 500 employees.

The City of Redwood City is a values-driven organization and a leader in the bay area. Redwood City?s Core Purpose is "Build a Great Community Together" and our employees play a vital and indispensable role in realizing this purpose. We?re looking for creative individuals dedicated to excellence, service and integrity. We offer a wide range of public service career opportunities with potential for growth and advancement. We also offer highly competitive salary and benefits, employee development opportunities, along with alternate work schedules and generous vacation and holidays. So if you?re passionate and bright, community-oriented, creative and committed, we hope you consider making the City of Redwood City your next career home.

About the Redwood City Community
Located in the Silicon Valley at the center of the San Francisco Peninsula, the City of Redwood City is known as a creative, innovative and dynamic organization and community. With a population of over 78,000, the city has a healthy blend of residential, commercial and industrial elements in a community that stretches from the San Francisco Bay to the hills of the San Francisco peninsula. The city is home to a vibrant Caltrain station where commuters from both San Jose to the south, and San Francisco to the north, arrive into one of the most tech-savvy communities in the world. Redwood City offers outstanding accommodations, top entertainment, and diverse dining options. The City`s pedestrian-friendly and distinctive Downtown honors the community`s heritage and is home to a growing number of restaurants, and a vibrant mix of retail to fit every consumer mood. The beautiful Courthouse Square stands as the centerpiece of Downtown and has become the gathering place for people from throughout the community and the peninsula. Redwood City enjoys a one-of-a-kind waterfront including the Redwood Shores neighborhood, with ample recreational opportunities right on the Bay. The community also boasts the only deep-water port in the south San Francisco Bay, has a yacht harbor, and offers numerous bayfront residential options. The success and health of Redwood City is built upon the community`s diversity, civic pride, strong neighborhoods, and each individual`s sense of responsibility for making the City a better place for all. It`s a terrific place to do business, with appealing neighborhoods supported by a strong sense of community, making Redwood City a natural place to call "home".
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755 Marshall Street Redwood City, 94063
The City of Redwood City invites Applications for:

Lateral Firefighter


The City of Redwood City is seeking Lateral Firefighters, who under the direction of the Fire Captain, will perform firefighting and fire prevention duties aimed at protecting life and property, operate and maintain firefighting apparatus and equipment, and provide basic medical assistance. In addition, as a Firefighter, incumbents will provide Basic Life Support first responder pre-hospital emergency medical care and emergency medical assistance, perform minor station maintenance, and participate in a wide variety of training to maintain skills.

This job announcement is intended for current Firefighters. Lateral applicants are those applicants who possess at least two years of current full-time firefighting service, plus certifications as indicated in the ?Minimum Qualifications? section of this announcement.

Essential duties may include, but are not limited to the following: Drive and operate fire apparatus; respond to fires; rescue individuals that are trapped or injured; provide medical aid; operate specialized manual and powered tools, hose, ladders and other safety equipment under hazardous conditions; maintain all tools and equipment; use and wear scene appropriate full protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus equipment; participate in a variety of fire/emergency related drills and training; participate in fire prevention inspections, education, pre-fire planning and public relations; assist in fire investigations; participate in a physical fitness program; appear in court as necessary; maintain station and grounds; maintain fire hydrants; perform a variety of administrative duties as assigned and perform work with a record of regular attendance and punctuality. As an EMT, essential duties include; responding to medical emergency calls; evaluating condition of patient and monitoring vital signs; administering medical care in accordance with medical orders; interviewing patients and witnesses and observing evidence at the scene. Duties also include maintaining medical equipment and supplies, and training other City personnel in emergency first aid techniques as required.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.


Two years of current full-time firefighting service.


Certificate of completion from a Fire Academy that meets the California State Fire Training curriculum for ?Firefighter I?.
A valid Emergency Medical Technician certificate or Advanced Life Support Paramedic license.
A valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid driver?s license.

Knowledge of:

Modern principles, practices and procedures to mitigate emergencies including; fires, hazardous materials, medical and rescue; equipment and procedures required to safely accomplish them; the safe and effective use of vehicles, equipment, tools, devices, facilities.

Current medical principles, practices and procedures related to emergency patient treatment and/or advanced life support; medical terminology; basic arithmetic; techniques and processes used in the description and assessment of patient status; categories, applications, procedures and equipment used in monitoring vital signs; symptoms of impaired cardiac and respiratory functioning, altered states of consciousness, various types of toxicity, poisoning, shock and common diseases and applicable laws, codes and ordinances relating to emergency medical care.

Ability to:

Act in accordance with departmental policies, rules, and instructions in the field of firefighting; apply principles practices and procedures of modern firefighting; safely operate fire apparatus, equipment, tools, devices, facilities and use properly; perform tasks relating to firefighting, medical aid and other calls for assistance; maintain the EMT Certification as required by the State of California; act appropriately in emergency situations; understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately; analyze fire and emergency situations and adopt effective courses of actions; operate and maintain voice radio equipment, and a computer terminal or personal computer; drive and operate fire apparatus and motor vehicles proficiently and safely; establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Application Process

Apply online at: www.CalOpps.org - Member Agency: Redwood City

Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process, should advise the Human Resources Division upon submittal of application.

Selection Process

Oral Board Interviews will be scheduled accordingly. All applications will be reviewed for completion, relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications. Those who best meet the stated qualifications and requirements for the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The specifics of the selection process will be communicated to those selected candidates.

NOTE: Applicants selected to participate in the examination process will be required to present their Firefighter 1 Certificate, and Current CPAT and EMT certification/license.

A City application including supplemental questionnaire is required. Prior to appointment, candidates will be required to pass a background check (at no cost to the candidate) including the following:

Background Check
DMV Check
Fingerprinting Check
Psychological Examination
Drug Screening
Prior to appointment, candidates will also be required to pass a pre-employment physical at no cost to the candidate.
Job PDF:
PDF icon Final Job Announcement - Lateral Firefighter 5-18-20.pdf
Ideal Candidate
Lateral applicants who possess at least two years of current full-time firefighting service, plus certifications as indicated in the ?Minimum Qualifications? section of this job announcement.
The successful candidate will enjoy the following benefits:

SALARY: Lateral Firefighters salary begins at the second step of the Firefighter`s salary Range.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) 3% @ 55 formula for current members, 2.7% @ 57 for new members
Health: Opportunity to select from a variety of health plans that are administered by Maximum City Contribution is $1,673/month.
Dental, Vision, Long-Term Disability and Life Insurances
Vacation ? Equitable accrual rate to match years of service.
Sick leave - Up to 200 hours
Twelve paid Holidays per year
Fitness center access at City facilities
Commuter program available (6 minute walk from Caltrain)

Special Instructions

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment

This position is subject to an eighteen (18) month probationary period.
As a condition of employment, employee shall comply with mandated medical monitoring.
Must be eighteen years of age; eyesight: 20-30 corrected with contact lenses or spectacles, successful long term soft contact lens wearers (i.e., six months without a problem) are not subject to the uncorrected criteria of 30-100 uncorrected; freedom from color blindness; normal hearing.
Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, crawl, twist, climb, lift and carry 100 lbs.; pull and/or drag 175 lbs.; Work in the following environments: cold, extreme heat, extreme noise, outdoors, confined spaces, elevated areas; Work with electrical hazards, vibration, chemicals, dust, toxic waste, mechanical hazards, and explosive materials; Availability for shift work on-call and stand-by.
For Lateral Firefighter, incumbent must have possession of and the ability to maintain a valid State of California EMT Certification/License. Possession of and ability to maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
Additional Information

No attachments of any kind may be submitted with your application.

Copies of certifications, licenses, and other materials will only be accepted during the oral board interview process.
All certifications, licenses, training, and other relevant information should be clearly stated within the appropriate area(s) of the CalOpps application.
No additional materials of any kind will be accepted until you are confirmed to participate in the interview process.
NOTE: Applicants selected to participate in the examination process will be required to present their Firefighter 1 Certificate, and Current CPAT and EMT certification/license.

Starting Salary:  $8,108.00-$10,350.00 Monthly
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   Apply online at www.CalOpps.org

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Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: N/A
Population Served: N/A
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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