City of Manhattan Beach: Paid Call Firefighter, Exam No. 11-014

The City of Manhattan Beach Fire Department is now accepting applications for the position of Paid Call Firefighter.  Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis or until the needs of the department have been met.  The Paid Call Firefighter program is designed for individuals seeking an introduction to a career in firefighting. This position works three 24-hour shifts per month. Participants are involved in training, public relations, fire prevention and assist with station and equipment maintenance.

Paid Call Firefighters will under general supervision, maintain ambulance and equipment, respond, drive and staff a Basic life Support (BLS) Ambulance. Assist in the treatment and provide transportation of patients to medical facilities, complete paperwork including patient assessments and billing forms, EMS response form, and others as may be required. Fight fires, respond to alarms and emergency calls for protection of life and property, participate in training, public relations, fire prevention, clean station and equipment. Performs other duties as directed.

HOURS: Part-time positions will not work over 960 hours per fiscal year.


Training and Experience: Must have high school diploma or G.E.D.; have completed Firefighter I training from a State (California) Fire Marshal recognized fire academy, possess a valid and current Emergency Medical Technician I certificate, and a copy of a valid Los Angeles area/Orange County Fire Chief’s Physical Abilities Certification within one year prior to the date of application. Will be required to attend regular meetings and training drills.

License: Must possess a valid California driver’s license.

Special Conditions of Employment: Cannot have smoked or used tobacco products up to one year prior to employment and must continue as a non-tobacco user during employment.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Requires working knowledge of driver safety. Must acquire skill in operating department tools and equipment including emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, and other firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, personal computer, and telephone. Must have the ability to learn technical firefighting principles and techniques; read and write in the English language; understand and follow oral and written directions; perform strenuous or peak activities during emergency, training or station maintenance situations for prolonged periods of time under conditions of extreme heights, intense heat, cold, or smoke; act effectively in emergency and stressful situations; demonstrate physical endurance and agility; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; reach, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell; and frequently lift or move more than 100 pounds.

The position requires specific vision abilities, including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus on small objects.

The employee regularly works outdoors and may be exposed to variable weather conditions; occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and may be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electric shock and vibration.

The noise level is usually moderate, except during emergency responses and for certain fire-fighting or medical emergency aid activities when noise levels are loud.

HOW TO APPLY: A City Application form and all certificates are required and will be accepted by the Human Resources Department Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can download a job announcement and City application form below or by contacting the Human Resources Department at (310) 802-5258. Applications can be submitted by mail or in person. Facsimiles, photocopies, and electronic mail are not accepted. If you need special assistance in the job application process, contact the Human Resources Analyst at (310) 802-5255. TDD: (310) 546-3501 (Hearing Impaired Only).

Applications will be reviewed and a select group of candidates whose background and experience best meet the requirements will be invited to an oral interview. Applications will be accepted until the needs of the department have been met.

Applicants must submit a clear, concise, completed City Application, Firefighter I certificate from a State of California recognized fire academy, a valid and current Emergency Medical Technician I certificate and a copy of a valid Los Angeles area/Orange County Fire Chief’s Physical Abilities Certification within one year prior to the date of application.

City Application

Job Announcement


Paid Call Firefighter

The City of Manhattan Beach does not discriminate. NOTE: All Candidates must successfully pass a thorough background check which includes a polygraph examination and a pre-employment medical examination including a drug test. This position is not eligible to participate in any benefit programs of the City, except those mandated by federal or state law or the Public Employees Retirement System.

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