Felton Fire Protection District

Join Felton Fire Department

Felton Fire is currently hiring Firefighter positions. Firefighter applications are due by August 30, 2021

Join us August 1st for a firefighter interest day to learn more about our hiring process. Hours for the event are 11:30am-1:30pm. Email [email protected] to sign up.

EMT Program

New for 2021 is the Felton Fire EMT Responder Program. This program is designed for those wishing to serve their community without the commitment of completing a FireFighter academy. EMTs will respond to 911 incidents as members of the Felton Fire team, and will be dedicated to medical care and non fire suppression roles (upon completion of further training). EMT’s will be expected to participate in trainings with fire suppression staff, and will be given opportunities to grow their skillsets. For those wishing to move to fire suppression roles, EMT’s will be able to apply to firefighter roles as internal applicants. This is a fantastic way to build your EMT skillset, and work towards a career in EMS, or fire suppression. This is also a fantastic opportunity for those in a LEO role who wish to expand their medical skillsets.


  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Posses current California EMT or higher certificate.
  • Posses current AHA BLS CPR Certificate
  • Posses valid California Driver’s License
  • Pass an oral board interview conducted by current Felton staff.
  • Pass a Physical Aptitude Test conducted on the day of the interview.
  • Complete an onboarding process, and Emergency Vehicle Operations Class (EVOC) hosted by Felton Fire.
  • 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 is currently not accepting applications for EMT. Please follow our social media pages for opportunities to apply.


  • 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 a modified California Physical Aptitude Test
  • Pass an oral board interview conducted by current firefighters.
  • Participate in Joint Basic Firefighter Academy Janurary-May.
  • Attend weekly trainings held on Tuesday nights (beginning at 1900).
  • Volunteer on consistent basis.
  • Maintain a state 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 will be contacted if they have been chosen for a Physical Aptitude Test (PAT).  Applicants must complete the PAT modeled on the California Physical Agility Test in order to be given an invitation to interview. The physical assessment is timed and is based around seven fire-ground related activities conducted after donning a weighted pack & basic firefighter PPE. The physical consists of a three minute stair climb, pulling a section of hoseline, raising a 24 foot ladder, hitting a tire with a sledgehammer, completing squats while shouldering a section of hose, carrying two tools around an obstacle, dragging a 150 pound dummy around an obstacle, and completing arm extensions while holding a 45 pound barbell. All tasks must be completed within 7 minutes & 30 seconds to successfully pass. The interview consists of an oral board of 3-5 current firefighters and command staff. Upon successful completion of the physical agility & interview panel, the applicant will be invited for a Chief’s interview. Upon successful completion of the above, the applicant will be given a conditional offer based on successful completion of  a medical examination & background. 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 firefighter for Felton Fire Protection District.


The Santa Cruz County Basic Firefighter Academy (BFFA) 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 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.