Operation ReachBack provides valuable information to help you become a firefighter. Becoming a firefighter often takes a great deal of long-term preparation, self-motivation, and commitment. While there is no guarantee that these qualifications will result in your selection as an entry-level firefighter, experience has shown that they tend to distinguish outstanding candidates, and validate their interest in the profession.
To Prepare for firefighting work, it is important to have and maintain a physical fitness program. Design a program that stresses endurance and total body strength to help you achieve a level of physical preparedness needed to succeed in agility performance testing for a firefighter position.
Developing a Strong Record
Candidates most prepared for a career in the fire service have a history of volunteer fire service work and community involvement. Operation Reachback provides those interested in a fire service career with information and resources that will enable them to develop a strong and consistent record around community and volunteer service work.
Volunteer Fire Service Work
Volunteer work and community involvement programs does establish a record of interest and motivation. Contact your local fire department to inquire and participate in the following:
California Conservation Corps
Salary and Wages
Salary and Wages
Salary schedules very depending upon the fire department type, size and location of employment. Entry salary for the various positions can range from $4,500 to $7,500 per month. There are excellent benefits involved including medical, dental, and retirement plans.