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Firefighter H002

Recruitment: REF13538Q

Published: February 11, 2023

Accepting applications until: February 11, 2023


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Department: Fire Department
Job class: H002-Firefighter
Salary range: $90,792.00 - $140,062.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Continuous
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


Application Opening: Continuous

Compensation Range: $88,582-$136,656

Recruitment ID: H002-900310


Established in 1866, the San Francisco Fire Department is rich in tradition and history. From the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 to the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, the Department has grown to meet the many challenges along the way. Today, the San Francisco Fire Department serves an estimated 1.5 million people, providing fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency medical services to the residents, visitors and workers within San Francisco's 49 square miles.

Role description

Under general supervision, a Firefighter H002 engages in firefighting and related activities for the saving of life and property; administers first responder treatment, including first aid; and responds to a variety of emergency situations involving public safety and medical care. A Firefighter also may be assigned duties in connection with fire prevention activities, including the inspection of businesses, schools, and homes to ensure fire safety; maintaining station quarters; and performing other duties as assigned. Firefighters are required to work 24-hour shifts, including weekends and holidays. During those shifts, a Firefighter lives and works in close quarters with three or more individuals. A Firefighter must cooperate and work effectively with the other members of his or her team.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications (verified during Background Investigation):

Age: Applicants must be at least 19 years old at the time of application and must be at least 20 years old at the time of appointment. [Civil Service Rule 310.15]

Education: Applicants must have a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate (e.g., G.E.D., CA High School Proficiency Certificate) to apply.

Driving Record: Applicants must possess a valid Class A, B, or C CADL by the time of their appointment. Applicants will not be considered eligible to participate or to be appointed if any of the following occurred, or is in effect at any time, during the period from “one year prior to application up to the date of appointment”:
(a) Any offense that subsequently results in a conviction for driving under the influence, reckless driving, or hit and run with personal injury or property damage over $25.00.
(b) License suspension or revocation, three moving violations in 12 months, 5 moving violations in 24 months, or probation as a result of a driving-related offense.

[Note: Applicants who proceed to the Background Investigation phase of the selection process must provide on their background forms a full and complete listing of all motor vehicle violations. Any significant discrepancy between an applicant's statement and the Department of Motor Vehicles’ records will result in disqualification.]

Criminal Record: Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony in this state, or in any other state or in any federal or other jurisdiction, of an act that would be considered a felony if committed in this state. Applicants must not have been on probation for a misdemeanor offense from one year prior to application through the time of appointment. Convictions for misdemeanors within one year prior to application will be evaluated individually and may result in disqualification.

[Note: Applicants who proceed to the Background Investigation phase of the selection process must provide on their background forms a full and complete listing of all convictions. Applicants must disclose if they have ever been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor offense in California or in any other state or place, including entering a plea of nolo contendere or no contest, and including any conviction which has been expunged (set aside) under Penal Code Section 1203.4.]

What else should I know?

Application & Selection Procedures
1) Passing Score on the “FireTEAM” Testing System: This multi-component test administered by the National Testing Network (NTN) measures a variety of skills and abilities found to be critical for success as a Firefighter. There are four components to the “FireTEAM” Testing System: video-based human relations, mechanical aptitude, math, and reading ability. Testing takes approximately three hours. Applicants must schedule themselves on the NTN website to take this test at The City & County of San Francisco will notify applicants of their pass/fail status after receipt of their “FireTEAM” test scores from NTN.

2) Emergency Medical Technician Certification: Candidates must possess a current, valid EMT - 1 Certification (EMT-1) issued by the State of CA to be named on the eligible list. Possession of a current, valid CA Paramedic license [in good standing] may be provided in lieu of the EMT certification. Verification of this certificate must be sent via email to Candidates must be able to accredit with the local EMS Authority within the one-year probationary period. Candidates who currently hold an EMT-1 certificate issued by the National Registry may find information about transferring EMT certification to CA at

The following websites provide information about EMT certification programs in the San Francisco Bay Area:

City College of San Francisco:
Chabot College, Hayward: EMT Program - Chabot College

Candidate names will remain on the eligible list for a maximum period of 24 months. The Fire Department has the authority to hire any candidate named on the eligible list (“Rule of List”). Therefore, one’s placement on this list neither guarantees nor implies an offer of employment. Candidates who receive an offer of employment may waive the offer only two times. A third waiver of appointment renders candidates ineligible.
Departmental Selection Procedures:
The remaining processes will be used by the Fire Department to determine who shall advance in the hiring process and be considered for appointment

1. Appointees must successfully complete the Fire Academy to begin their Firefighter probationary period. During the probationary period the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the work assigned to the position, including successful rotations to various apparatus and completion of all field testing and evaluation. All time off taken will extend the probation end date by the same number of days.

2. Maintenance of a valid CA EMT-1 Certification and a minimum of a Class C CADL with firefighter endorsement is a condition of continued employment.

3. The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. Some H-2 Firefighter positions qualify as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the FMCSA and FTA regulations. The selected applicants for safety-sensitive positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.

4. In accordance with Section 3929 of the San Francisco Fire Department Rules and Regulations, whenever a conflagration, emergency, or disaster requiring the services of more than the available on-duty officers and members of the uniformed force of the Department occurs, off-duty members must report for duty when summoned by the Fire Chief and may be assigned to perform emergency response operations.

5. Terms of the Announcement- Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting of the correction on the Department of Human Resources Website at

The terms of this exam announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 310.3, provided that such appeal is submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S. Van Ness Ave., 4th Fl, S.F., CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this exam announcement. Go to for more information on applicable appeal rights and submission requirements under the Civil Service Rules; and for Civil Service Rules, policies & procedures on announcements, applications & exams.

6. Any changes to your contact information (name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, etc.) should be updated immediately. To update your contact information, go to Failure to maintain current contact information may result in loss of eligibility.

7. Appointees must make a declaration that they will not engage in strike-related activity. The full text of this requirement is in Section 8.345 of the Charter.

Important Information

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

• Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Deana Kwan at

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.