Application & Testing Process

On behalf of the men and women of the Berkeley Fire Department, welcome to our Recruitment Process.

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The Berkeley Fire Department is a progressive urban Fire Department that takes pride in providing a culture of exceptional service delivery. Our Department is aggressive in fire suppression strategies, rescue operations, and cutting edge emergency medical response.  We operate in a system with high call volume and serve a densely populated culturally diverse community. Our team is made up of 140 dedicated men and women who are devoted to providing the highest level of service to our community. 

The Berkeley Fire Department encourages motivated individuals who are seeking a career in an organization that values courteous public service to apply. 

For additional information about our application and testing process, go to

Application Timeline

Application Filing Period:  (CLOSED)

  • March 5, 2018 - April 16, 2018

Tentative Informational Sessions: 

  • March 31, 2018 - CANCELLED

  • April 21, 2018
    • Time: 09:00 - 11:00
    • Location: Martin Luther King Middle School     1781 Rose St. Berkeley, CA 94703
    • Topic: Why Berkeley
  • May 26, 2018 
    • Time: 13:00 - 15:00
    • Location: Martin Luther King Middle School     1781 Rose St. Berkeley, CA 94703
    • Topic: Background Investigator will be on site to prepare you for your background investigation

Why Berkeley? Let us tell you...




Minimum Qualifications

  • Age: Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Education: High School Diploma or G.E.D. certificate
  • Vision: Minimal uncorrected vision of 20/100 in each eye – both corrected to 20/30 normal color vision
  • License: Valid California Class C Driver's License as well as satisfactory driving record, and must obtain Firefighter Endorsement prior to the completion of the Fire Academy
  • Paramedic License Requirement: California Paramedic License, National Registry Paramedic Certification Card, or active participation in a Paramedic Field Internship Program.  Applicants who are actively participating in a paramedic field internship must provide proof of internship status on school letterhead at time of application
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Card of Completion issued no earlier than April 2, 2017
  • Successful completion of the FCTC written exam no earlier than April 2, 2017

By Date of Appointment:

  • Candidates must possess a current and valid California Paramedic License
  • Candidates considered for appointment will be required to undergo an extensive background investigation and successfully complete a thorough medical examination, and pre-employment drug screening and a pre-employment psychological exam.
  • Successful completion of the Alameda County accreditation core courses
  • Reside within forty (40) air miles from Berkeley City limits