Felton Fire Protection District
Felton Fire is currently hiring for the 2021 Joint Basic Firefighter Academy 21-01. Applications due by August 1, 2020.
- Be 18 years or older by January 1, 2021.
- Posses valid California Driver’s License or have ability to obtain by January 1st, 2021.
- Pass an oral board interview conducted by current firefighters.
- Pass a modified California Physical Aptitude Test conducted on the day of the interview.
- Participate in Joint Basic Firefighter Academy February-May, consisting of Monday and Wednesday night classroom instruction(1700-2100) and Saturday and Sunday skills instruction (0700-1700).
- Attend weekly trainings held on Tuesday nights (1900-2100).
- Volunteer on consistent basis.
- Be of good physical and moral standing.
- Be able to work in high stress environments.
- Be able to work as a team in a paramilitary environment.
Felton Fire conducts hiring processes in the fall of every year. Applicants can submit their applications in person at 131 Kirby Street in downtown Felton. Once an application is submitted, it will be reviewed and the applicant contacted if they have been chosen for an interview. The interview consists of an oral board of three to five current firefighters and command staff. Once the interview is completed, applicants complete a physical assessment on the same night modeled on the California Physical Agility Test. The physical assessment is timed and is modeled around seven fireground related activities conducted after donning a turnout jacket, weighted pack, gloves, and a helmet. The physical consists of a three minutes stair climb, pulling a section of hoseline, raising a twenty four foot ladder, hitting a tire with a sledgehammer, completing squats while shouldering a section of hose, carrying two tools around a obstacle, dragging a one hundred and fifty pound dummy around an obstacle, and completing arm extensions while holding a forty five pound barbell. All tasks must be completed within seven minutes and thirty seconds to be considered passing. If the applicant passes both the interview and physical agility test, the applicant is sent to a medical examination. If the applicant passes this, the applicant is slated to begin training at the Basic Firefighter Academy in February. Upon completion of this academy in May, the applicant is considered a probationary firefighter and must complete a probationary period where additional training and testing is conducted by other members of Felton Fire. Once this period is up, the applicant is considered a full firefighter for Felton Fire District.
The Joint Basic Firefighter Academy(BFFA) is a Nationally Accredited Firefighter I academy that covers all aspects of working as a firefighter in an all risk environment. This includes structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials, rope rescue, and water rescue awareness components. The BFFA is ran through the Santa Cruz-San Mateo unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), and other participating agencies include Ben Lomond Fire, Boulder Creek Fire, Zayante Fire, Scotts Valley Fire, Branciforte Fire, Central Fire, and Santa Cruz County Fire.
Upon completion of the Joint Basic Firefighter Academy, applicants can receive their Firefighter I certification. Felton Fire encourages it’s personnel to attend additional training that benefit the fire district. Any training approved by the Chief for attendance are liable for reimbursement by the fire district. This includes the Emergency Medical Technician certification. Common certifications supported by the Chief include Rescue Systems I, Large Animal Rescue, and advanced Vehicle Extrication courses.
ABOUT FELTON FIRE
Felton Fire was founded in 1935. Our mission is to serve the public as an all-risk fire service agency. Felton Fire employs one full time Chief, Robert Gray, and a part time administrative staff worker. Felton Fire’s fleet includes two type one engines, one type three engine, one medium duty rescue, one water tender, one breathing support, one utility pickup, and two command vehicles. Felton employs thirty volunteer firefighter on its roster.