Firefighter – Lateral Transfer

City of Santa Monica
January 12, 2022
Santa Monica, CA
Job Type


Job Summary
Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls and inspects buildings and properties.
Major Duties

Responds to fire alarms.

Extinguishes fires.

Provides emergency medical treatment services including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Performs vehicle and accident extrication.

Inspects buildings and property for compliance with fire protection laws, including alarm systems and water supply systems.

Participates in and conducts training sessions and practice drills.

Performs routine maintenance of hydrants, vehicles, fire station buildings and quarters.

Performs related accurate record-keeping duties.

May be required to make presentations to schools, service clubs, or other public gatherings on fire and burn prevention and disaster preparedness.

May serve as relief dispatcher, acting driver, or acting company commander.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Knowledge of:

English grammar and composition

Mathematical calculations

Effective firefighting techniques

Emergency medical practices

Effective customer service techniques

Ability to:

Follow written and oral instructions

Learn and apply basic firefighting techniques and procedures

Perform physical duties which include reaching, lifting, carrying, and pulling

Establish and maintain effective working relationships

Perform mathematical calculations

Remain calm in emergencies

Acquire medical certifications as required

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with the public and other City departments

Make decisions under pressure including life threatening situations

Assess emergency situations and determine the proper course of action

Skill in:

Reading, writing, and communicating in English at an appropriate level.

Working effectively with persons from diverse, cultural, and economic backgrounds

Using a personal computer and applicable software applications


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Graduation from high school or the equivalent.

Experience: One year of recent, full-time, paid experience as a firefighter with a local government agency performing a full-range of fire suppression duties, or two full seasons of experience as a seasonal firefighter (e.g., California Department of Forestry, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department) performing a full-range of fire suppression duties.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of a current EMT certification is required.

A Fire Fighter I certificate issued by the California State Fire Marshal is desirable.

A valid California Class "C" with Firefighter endorsement or higher (Class A or B) driver's license must be obtained within 12 months of hire.

Diversity and Inclusion
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must file a clear, concise and complete City Application along with any required supplemental application materials with the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline.

SELECTION PROCESS: All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Testing will consist of the following:

Candidates must be on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List by February 4, 2022. More information on the Statewide Eligibility List can be found here: . The FCTC written test must be taken within the 12 months preceding the February 4th deadline (between 2/4/21 and 2/4/22).

To view upcoming Cal-JAC CPAT and FCTC Written Test dates, click here ( )

Candidates experiencing financial hardship may qualify for a grant to pay for their FCTC testing fees . ( )

Must obtain a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate that is no more than twelve months old at time of application submission. Additionally, the CPAT Certificate must have been obtained within the twelve months preceding the date of hire.

Oral Interview: 100%

NOTE: If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City's civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.

The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community. As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly-talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees. Join us!

Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Call (310) 458-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).

Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.


Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation, including a polygraph examination.

Psychological Examination: Candidates will be evaluated for their suitability for employment as a Santa Monica Firefighter.

Medical Examination: Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a thorough medical examination, including a drug screen, to determine if they meet the City's medical standards for the position of Firefighter.


Proof of COVID 19 vaccination will be required as a condition of employment. unless a religious or medical/disability exemption is granted by the City.

NOTE : Upon hire, Lateral Firefighters must be non-users of tobacco products; requirement continues throughout Fire Service career with City of Santa Monica.

Closing Date/Time: 2/4/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

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