Reserve Firefighter Program
San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District Reserves
The following is for information only and subject to frequent changes.
What is a Reserve Firefighter?
A reserve firefighter is an auxiliary position with the San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District. It is an opportunity for those interested in a fire service career to get invaluable hands-on experience while giving back to the community. Participation as a reserve neither implies nor guarantees an offer of employment with the San Miguel Fire District.
Reserve Firefighter Duties
After successful completion of the reserve academy, the reserve firefighter is expected to continue personal growth through required monthly training classes, training assignments and ride-along experience. During the ride-along shifts they have the opportunity to be part of an engine company and experience, firsthand, firefighting, medical aids, rescue calls and other public service activities. Reserve firefighters also gain experience through participation in fire prevention and fire education programs.
Each reserve must successfully complete the Heartland Firefighter Academy which consists of both classroom instruction and manipulative practice. Academy instruction last approximately 12 weeks or 488 hrs, normally beginning in January every year.
- The 488-hour academy includes classroom sessions on topics such as firefighter safety, equipment operation, fire extinguishers, forcible entry tools and techniques, lifting and hoisting equipment, fire hose, hose nozzles and fittings, hose evolutions, ladders, breathing apparatus, fire control, fire prevention, and more; plus manipulative classes giving recruits the opportunity to practice skills taught in the classroom.
- Recruits must pass weekly training evaluations by assigned instructors.
- Recruits are expected to be present at each of the required academy training sessions.
- College credit and State Certifications for 100A, 100B, Haz. Mat. FRO, Low Angle Rescue, ICS-100/200, Auto Extrication
- Age: 18 years of age at time of application.
- Education: High school graduate or equivalent (GED).
- Certifications: Possession of a valid San Diego County EMT-1A.
- Paramedic: San Diego County Paramedic Accreditation Highly Desirable.
- License: Must have and maintain a valid, unrestricted Class C California driver’s license.
- Residence: Shall reside within San Diego County.
- Telephone: Must have a working telephone in their residence and keep current number updated with District.
- Occupation: Employment or involvement with occupations that may be considered a conflict of interest or which may impair performance or discredit either the District or Department are unacceptable.
- Certification of ability to work in the United States: Prior to employment, applicants must demonstrate, as required by law that they are legally able to work in the United States.
- Uniforms and Safety Shoes: Reserves are responsible for purchasing their own uniform and safety shoes. Approximate cost totaling $500.
Submittal and review of the District application, and supplemental resume.
Applications and resumes will be accepted in person or via mail, by 1630 hours on October 7th, 2011, at San Miguel Fire District Headquarters.
Candidate's applications and resumes will be rated to determine qualifications. Weighted qualifications will include, but not limited to the following:
- Position with San Miguel Fire Explorer Post
- Paramedic training and experience
- Full time experience with a Fire/EMS agency
- Reserve or volunteer experience with a Fire agency
- Prior completion of a State FF1 Academy
- Completion of entry level or basic introductory academies
- Education in Fire Science/Technology or similar curriculum
- Written Examination to 100 questions. The test will be based on Essentials of Fire Fighting, 5th Ed. The following chapters will be covered on the test:
- Ch. 3 Fire Behavior
- Ch. 7 Ropes/Knots
- Ch. 9 Forcible Entry
- Ch. 11 Ventilation
- Ch. 13 Fire Hose
- Ch. 14 Fire Streams
- Ch. 15 Fire Control
- Ch. 17 Loss Control
Oral interview by a panel of San Miguel District personnel to determine qualifications.
Physical Abilities Test:
Candidates must have a valid California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee Candidate Physical Ability Test card acquired within 12 months of final candidate selection (Tentative date November 1, 2011). Information on CPAT can be found at www.cffjac.org/go/jac/cpat/.
Prior to employment, an applicant's personal history and employment background will be reviewed.
Applicant must successfully pass a pre-employment medical examination
For detailed information about each agency please refer to the following websites:San Miguel Fire District
2850 Via Orange Way
Spring Valley, CA 91978
www.smgfire.org San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126