Position Detail:

Kern County Fire Department
5642 Victor Street
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Kern County

805-399-2915 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter - Lateral
Last Filing Date:  October 29, 2021

Special Instructions:  

open until filled


Career Information
Paramedic Special Pay: Paramedic assigned to a paramedic station - 15%; Paramedic assigned to the paramedic pool 10%.

Minimum Qualifications / Employment Standards:
High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent, National Registry EMT and CA. State Fire Marshall Firefighter I Certificate from an accredited regional training facility OR successful completion of a Kern County Fire Academy.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver`s License is required at time of appointment.

Possession of valid California Class C Driver`s License with Firefighter endorsements including, Driver Operator 1a or Fire Department Certification is required prior to completion of the probationary period or be terminated.

By assignment, may be required to possess a valid California Class A or B Commercial Driver`s License with specific endorsements.


Must be a full?time, regular, non?probationary Firefighter (or higher rank) with a public fire agency, authority or department that provides all risk Fire/EMS services. Paid call, extra?help and/or volunteer experience does not apply.



Physical Examination: A rigid medical examination by the County Physician is required. Includes Spine and Chest X?Rays; Blood Chemistry and Electro?cardiograph tests. Weight must be proportionate to height and age. Must meet and maintain county physical fitness requirements.

Vision: 20/40 uncorrected in each eye, corrected to 20/20 ? with gas permeable or hard contact lenses or spectacles.
Must pass color vision test ? Farnsworth D15. No permanent or progressive eye abnormalities.

Any eye condition that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the essential functions is disqualifying.

Hearing: On audiometric testing, 25 decibels @ 500,1000, 2000 or 3000 AND an average of 25 decibels for all four (4) frequencies in both ears, age corrected, using audiometric equipment calibrated to ANSI Standards and without the use of hearing aids.

Any ear condition or hearing impairment that results in the candidate not being able to safely perform one or more of the essential functions is disqualifying.

Minimum Age: Applicants must have reached their 18th birthday by the application filing deadline.


Applicants must have a reputation of honesty and trustworthiness. A felony conviction will be disqualifying and convictions for misdemeanors and traffic offenses will be assessed on a case?by?case basis. Appointees will be fingerprinted and will be required to complete and pass an extensive background investigation or be disqualified.

As a condition of employment, the appointee shall adhere to the Kern County Fire Department`s Administrative Policy 104.40, Grooming Standards and 108.70, Tobacco Use Policy during his or her tenure with the Kern County Fire Department.

Full Job Description for Firefighter


Appraisal: Will be conducted for the purpose of evaluating the applicant`s training, education, experience, interest and personal fitness for the position. Appraisal can be based on any combination of the following: Investigation, oral exam and rating of the application.

Applicants must attain at least a 70% score on each phase of the examination process.

This position works within the Kern County Fire Department. For more information about the department, please view their website here.
About Kern County
Kern County employees provide opportunities that are purposeful to our community. Every employee and every action contributes to the improvement and strengthening of our county.

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High Performance Culture
Kern County is actively engaged in creating a culture that promotes excellence, innovation and continuous improvement. LaunchKern is Kern County`s continuous improvement initiative based on the principles of Lean Six Sigma. LaunchKern empowers our valued employees to change the way government works by improving their work environment, saving taxpayer dollars and enhancing services to residents.

Growth Mindset
We always encourage our employees to grow and develop. Kern County has a culture of innovation that allows employees to explore creative and more efficient ways to accomplish their work. We provide access to training and continued professional development in an effort to ensure that our employees have opportunities for career growth.
Additional Information
Admittance to the examination will require a valid government issued photograph identification. Applicants who are unable to present proper identification must make arrangements with the Human Resources Division prior to the test date.

A background check may be conducted for this classification.

Following an offer of employment, you may be required to submit to post offer medical and drug screening tests at County expense.

This examination will establish an eligible list from which immediate appointment(s) will be made at the Kern County Fire Department. Other permanent and temporary appointments will be made as needed.

Successful candidates will remain on the eligible list for a period of twelve-months, unless specified otherwise by the Civil Service Commission.

For more information regarding Kern County`s recruitment process, please see our FAQ page.

For any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Senior Human Resources Analyst, Mary Stewart at Stewart@KernCounty.com.

Kern County is an ADA compliant and an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Starting Salary:  $4,192.07 - $5,379.38 Monthly
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   Kern County Personnel Department
1115 Truxtun Avenue, First Floor

Bakersfield, CA 93301

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: N/A
Population Served: 350,000
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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