Felton Fire Protection District

Join Felton Fire Department

Felton Fire is currently hiring for the 2022 Santa Cruz County Basic Firefighter Academy 22-01. Applications are due by August 30, 2021.


  • Be 18 years or older by January 1, 2022.
  • Posses valid California Driver’s License or have ability to obtain by January 1st, 2022.
  • 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 Janurary-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). (Post academy)
  • 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 must submit their applications online by following the link below. 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 based around seven fire-ground 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 will be invited for a Chief’s interview, and a background investigation will be conducted. If an applicant passes the Chief’s interview, and background investigation, they will be sent to a medical examination. The applicant will then be slated to begin training at the Basic Firefighter Academy in January. 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 complete, the applicant is considered a full firefighter for Felton Fire Protection District.


The Santa Cruz County 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, confined space rescue, 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 including 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.


To apply to Felton Fire, complete the online application in full. Once applications are received, you will be contacted shortly with further information. Please attach a resume and it is strongly encouraged that applicants upload copies of any applicable certifications and/or licenses to the application. Applications due by August 30, 2021. Apply Here
If you have questions about the process and would like to speak to a recruiter contact: [email protected]


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 and part time administrative staff workers. 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, 2/3rds of our fleet is less than 6 years old. Felton employs thirty volunteer firefighter on its roster.