Apprentice Firefighter Program

Program Summary

The Apprentice Program is designed to offer training and experience to individuals seeking a career in the fire service.  Apprentice Firefighters are assigned to a shift under the supervision of the Fire Captain where they perform duties such as emergency response, facility and apparatus maintenance, training, public education and community events.

The Apprentice firefighter is the fourth member of an engine company in a training role, not to be used or recognized as filling a career position.  Apprentice Firefighters are expected to treat their shift with the seriousness and professionalism of a regular job.  This program employs Apprentice Firefighters for a maximum of three years with the District and does not imply any promise or guarantee of a permanent position.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License with an Ambulance Driver Certificate
  • Maintain a valid respiratory qualified exam
  • Maintain a valid BLS/CPR card from American Heart Association or Red Cross Professional Level
  • Maintain a valid State of California Emergency Medical Technician I certification
  • Hazardous Materials First Responders Operational certificate
  • ICS 200 certificate
  • CSFM Rescue Systems 1 certificate (to be completed within twelve months of hire date)
  • CSFM Certified Firefighter I (to be completed within twelve months of hire date)

Responsibilities and Expectations

Working under the supervision of the Captain the Apprentice Firefighter’s primary duty is to respond to emergency situations and perform tasks associated with fire suppression, hazardous condition mitigation, emergency rescue and medical treatment.  The Apprentice Firefighter shall acquire and apply the knowledge of the district rules, regulations, procedures, methods and techniques on a continuous hazardous work under emergency conditions.  Maintain the ability to understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately.  

Work Schedule

The Apprentice Firefighter may work 24-hour shifts, 0800-0800 hours on a rotating schedule of 48 hours on shift followed by 96 hours off or as needed for emergency staffing.  Individuals may hold the position of Apprentice Firefighter for a maximum of three years.  

Compensation and Benefits

The Apprentice Firefighter is paid an hourly rate and may qualify for CalPERS retirement after reaching 1,000 hours worked.

Opportunities for the Apprentice Firefighter

  • Obtain California Firefighter I certification (after completion of California State Fire Accredited Regional Training Program/Academy
  • Obtain multiple base level certifications sponsored by the District
  • Obtain El Dorado County Service Area 7 certification enabling them to work extra help shifts on the medic unit
  • Obtain valuable time and experience toward building a professional resume

How to Apply

Mail or hand deliver a completed Employment Application, cover letter, resume and copies of all required licenses and certifications to Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District, c/o Employment, 501 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.