Application Process

Selection Process: All properly completed applications will be reviewed and the most appropriately qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the examination process which will include a physical abilities test, a practical EMS Skills test, a presentation exercise, and an oral board interview. Examination dates are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of February 20 – 24, 2017. The physical abilities test is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 20, 2017. Applicants who have successfully completed the CPAT or Biddle physical abilities test within the last twelve months may be eligible to have the physical abilities test waived. Applicants must provide proof of successful completion.

The Oceanside Fire Department prides itself in attracting a diverse, highly-qualified pool of applicants.

The current entry-level position for the Oceanside Fire Department is firefighter/paramedic. The minimum qualifications for this classification include, but are not limited to, State of California or National Registry Paramedic licensure and the ability to obtain San Diego County accreditation as a paramedic. For entry-level candidates the successful completion of an accredited basic fire academy is also required. The academy requirement is waived for lateral applicants. Additionally, a current CPR and ACLS card is required, along with a valid State of California Class C Driver’s License. This roadmap has information that is representative of a typical path to the position of Firefighter/Paramedic in Oceanside, and may be applicable to other cities as well. There are many paths to the fire service, and you should reach out to your local colleges, any contacts you may have within the fire service, and other fire departments to learn them.

All prospective Oceanside Fire Department employees must undergo a thorough personal background investigation. They will also be required to complete a comprehensive medical evaluation, including a drug screen.

Fire Department recruiting, testing and hiring of employees is handled by the City of Oceanside Personnel Department. For information, contact Personnel at (760) 435-3500. For information on current job openings see the Current City of Oceanside Job Openings, or call the City’s Job Hotline telephone number at (760) 435-3505.