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Contra Costa County
Fire Protection District
Administrative Office:

4005 Port Chicago Highway,
Suite 250
Concord, CA 94520-1180

Phone: (925) 941-3300
E-mail: info@cccfpd.org


Firefighters (and Support Staff) Wanted!

Welcome to the Con Fire recruiting page! Here you’ll find information on uniformed fire service careers and a wide variety of support staff positions, as well.

Our District is a full-service agency providing fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical, rescue, ambulance transport and public education programs. We serve one of the most diverse counties in the state, with major agricultural, industrial, transportation, commercial, retail and residential areas and activities. We provide fire and emergency medical services to more than a million people across our 304-square-mile District area, and through mutual aid, in and around the 20 cities and unincorporated communities of the County.

This is a busy place -- you won’t be bored here. But you will learn and grow at an amazing rate from the moment you start day one of your fire recruit academy and through an exciting and rewarding career, if that’s your choice. You’ll find lots of challenges and opportunities to demonstrate your own brand of leadership. If you’re looking for a sleepy, slow-paced fire “department,” Con Fire is definitely NOT your place!

With 25 fire stations, 27 companies, and more than 400 employees, Con Fire is dedicated to preserving life, property and the environment. In 2018, the we responded to nearly 75,000 fire and EMS emergencies and provided expert medical care on more than 80,000 ambulance transports.

Con Fire invites qualified applicants to apply for entry-level firefighter positions and for other staff positions listed at the bottom of this page.

Firefighters Wanted

Last July, while deployed to the Carr Fire in Shasta County, Con Fire Engineer Michael Dunham noticed 9-year old Kenny holding a sign on a street corner thanking firefighters as they deployed to the firelines each morning. When he stopped to speak with him, he learned since he was three, all Kenny wanted to be was a firefighter.

Moreover, he had been waking each day of the fire at 5:30 a.m. to go to the street corner near the base camp to wave and express his thanks to firefighters as they rolled out for their day’s assignments.

It’s clear to us that Kenny has what it takes – dedication, persistence, respect and appreciation – and we would be fortunate to count him as one of our own one day.

Meantime, if YOU possess these attributes, or know someone who does, and want to learn more about careers in the fire service, please visit our Firefighters Wanted! webpage or by scanning this barcode:

Am I a desirable candidate?

Desirable candidates will have strong ethics and moral character, good judgment and excellent communication skills, dedication to public service and to our local communities, commitment to continuous self-improvement and career development, physical fitness, and the capacity to meet the mental and physical demands of the job.

Firefighting and rescue work is physically demanding. Candidates must be in excellent health and have no conditions that would restrict their ability to safely perform fire suppression and rescue work. The Fire Recruit Academy, as well as the job of firefighting, is physically demanding. Therefore, it is in the best interest of each candidate to prepare well in advance to reach his or her maximum fitness level by the academy start date.

An Emergency medical technician certificate is required. A paramedic license is highly desirable.


AGE: At least 18 years of age at the time of application.

EDUCATION: A high school diploma, GED equivalent or a high school proficiency certificate.

LICENSES: An EMT-1 or EMT-P is required at the time of application. A valid California Driver License is required at the time of appointment.

The Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) is a minimum requirement for the position of firefighter. You will need to provide proof of having passed the CPAT at the time of application or during the selection process. The CPAT is a standardized test that’s administered by the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC). For more on CPAT, including how to take the test, click here https://www.fctconline.org/cpat/

Prior to a conditional job offer, candidates will be required to undergo a thorough background investigation. This will be arranged and administered by the Fire District. You’ll learn more about this as you move through the recruitment process. For information on what background investigations investigate, click here (link?).

Successful candidates must successfully complete comprehensive medical and psychological examinations. The physical exam consists of several components, including:

  • Stair Climb
  • Hose Drag
  • Equipment Carry
  • Ladder Raise & Extension
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search
  • Rescue
  • Ceiling Breach & Pull

Reasons for considering a fire service career


Why choose Con Fire

Because you want to be the best at what you do, led and surrounded by colleagues who are the best at what they do. You want to take advantage of the opportunities of one of the biggest and busiest fire districts in the state, where your opportunities to learn, contribute and grow are virtually unlimited.

You want to work hard and be fairly compensated and that’s what you’ll get as a member of the Con Fire team.

  • Annual Base Salary: Firefighter $ 66,179 - $ 88,686
  • Annual Base Salary: Firefighter-Paramedic $ 72,778 - $ 91,530
  • Excellent Health and Dental Coverage for you and your family
  • 21 days paid vacation per year, to start
  • 12 hours sick leave per month
  • Retirement (2.7% at age 57)
  • Rescue
  • Holiday and overtime pay


Steps to becoming a firefighter


I’m IN, how do I get started?

The recruitment and testing process for becoming a Firefighter in the Fire District is officially handled by the County's Human Resources Department.

To check for an opening for the classification of Firefighter -- Recruit or Firefighter/Paramedic --Recruit, please click on the job opportunities button below.

To complete a Job Interest card and receive notifications when a job opening occurs in the Fire District, please click on the Join Con Fire button below.

For general information on the Contra Costa County hiring process, please visit www.cccounty.us/hr.