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In Service of Others!

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter Trainee.  Applications may be obtained and must be filed online at by 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2023.

Salary (during academy):  $5,660.07 per month*

Salary (first day of the pay period following academy graduation): $6,404.58 per month* (Base Salary Step 1) + $576.41 (9% EMT Pay)** = $6,980.99 per month


  • Monday, October 9, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.:  Last day to apply on-line
  • November 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023:  Biddle Physical Agility Test coordinated by the OCFA (possession of a current Biddle Physical Ability Certificate completed on or after April 1, 2023 will be substituted for this portion of the selection process)
  • January 8 – February 2, 2024:  Oral Interview
  • TBD:  Eligibility List Established
  • February 19 – March 31, 2024:  Chief’s Interview
  • April 8 – May 31, 2024:  Background Investigation, Pre-employment Medical Examination, and Pre-Academy Physical Fitness Assessment
  • June 7, 2024:  Academy On-Boarding Orientation
  • July 19, 2024:  Family Orientation
  • July 29, 2024:  First Day of Fire Academy 60


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (position requirements at time of application):

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possession of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • No experience required

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATIONS (position requirement at time of application):

  • Possession of a valid Class C Driver License or out of state equivalent
  • Possession of a valid, current California or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) License
  • Must be on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center’s (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List (SEL) with a written exam score of 80% or higher as of the close of this recruitment, October 9, 2023. For more information on the FCTC SEL visit,


  • Possession of a valid, current California or National Registry Paramedic License
  • Completion of a California State certified Firefighter I Academy
  • Possession of a California State Fire Marshal Fire Fighter I Certificate
  • Bilingual speaking skills (English and one of the following languages: Spanish, Farsi, Chinese/Mandarin/Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Urdu, Hindi, Tagalog or American Sign Language)

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