Thank you for your interest in RVFD! Ross Valley Fire Department hires new firefighters who are on the FCTC’s Statewide Eligibility List (SEL) with a passing score of 70% or above and have a valid Cal-JAC CPAT. Employment opportunities, job openings, and application announcements are made through FCTC and the Ross Valley Fire Department.
The application period has closed. We will update this information when we are recruiting again. We are not accepting applications at this time.
- Entry level Firefighter / Engineer (EMT and EMT-P)
- Lateral Firefighter / Engineer (EMT and EMT-P)
The department anticipates filling up to 4 positions.
- Applicants must possess a valid Cal-JAC CPAT card dated between October 31, 2016 and October 31, 2017 and be on the FCTC’s Statewide Eligibility List (SEL) with a passing score of 70% or above between October 31, 2016 and October 31, 2017. Please click here for upcoming FCTC CPAT and Written Test dates.
- Complete a Ross Valley Fire Department application for employment.
- Include the following documents, documents must be submitted at time of application.
- Current California DMV printout (official and unofficial copies will be accepted)
- Current California EMT Certification or current California Paramedic License.
- California State Firefighter 1 Academy completion certificate.
- Single page supplemental letter explaining why you are seeking a career in the fire service and why you are choosing the Ross Valley Fire Department. 1 page maximum, font size 12, single spaced.
- Submit ONLY the requested certificates (as email attachments).
- Submit application (and attachments) in person, by mail, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)
- Applications are due no later than 5pm October 31, 2017. Application period is closed.
Well qualified candidates will be selected for an oral interview. The Oral Interview Board will determine applicant's final score as it applies to the Eligibility List.
An eligibility list will be established following the oral interviews. The oral interview score will determine the applicant’s placement on the list.
Appointment to the position will be made at the discretion of the Fire Chief from the top three persons on the eligibility list.
The candidate will meet the minimum requirements as follows:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Valid California Class C drivers license, with ability to obtain and maintain a Firefighter endorsement or a Commercial Class B
- A valid Certificate of Completion from a recognized California Fire Academy
- A valid EMT or EMT-P License in the State of California.
- Possess a valid Cal-JAC CPAT card dated between October 31, 2016 and October 31, 2017.
- On FCTC’s Statewide Eligibility List (SEL) with a passing score of 70% or above between October 31, 2016-October 31, 2017
About Ross Valley Fire Department
Ross Valley Fire Department is a consolidated Joint Powers Authority with the mission of protecting lives, property and the environments of Ross, San Anselmo, Sleepy Hollow and Fairfax through education, prevention and community service, while working together in a professional and caring manner that is fair, honest, respectful and ethical. The Department continues a tradition of fire protection in the Ross Valley dating back more than 100 years. The department consists of 31 sworn positions, staffing 4 fire stations with 1 two-person engine company each, not including our Fire Prevention and Volunteer ranks.
Under the general supervision of the Fire Captain, the Firefighter / Engineer position operates and maintains a variety of firefighting equipment; responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls; protects lives and property; and participates in fire prevention, fire investigations, public education, and station and equipment maintenance and performs other related duties as assigned, In accordance with department policy.
Typical Job Duties
- Apply principles and practices of modern firefighting techniques and perform firefighting and other emergency activities as directed.
- Use proper safety techniques in the operation and maintenance of various fire department equipment, tools and facilities.
- Follow and apply departmental policies, rules, regulations and guidelines.
- Apply EMT and EMT-P protocols, CPR and other medical assistance techniques.
- Use effective communication skills, both oral and written; follow directions.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Attend drills and staff training activities; participate in fire department activities.
- Respond to alarms; maintain awareness of area streets, special hazards and water systems.
- Establish and maintain effective training and readiness.
- Assist in minor maintenance to keep the areas in and about the firehouse clean and orderly.
- Clean and service firefighting and medical equipment
- Provide community service and education
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Compensation and Benefits
The department provides an excellent benefits package, which includes the following:
- Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either the 3% @ 55 or the 2.7% @ 57 formula is dependent on eligibility, as per AB 340
- Health insurance allowance up to full family Kaiser
- Salary Range $6,987 - $8,493
- Lateral placement DOQ (Depending on Qualifications)
- 11% Paramedic Incentive
- Up to 5% Education Incentive
- Up to $200 live in district pay
- $720 / year uniform allowance
- Vacation 10 hours / month (starting)
- Sick leave 12 hours / month
- Holidays – 13 days / Holiday-in-Lieu Pay (paid at half pay)
- Employee Assistance Program
- Education/Tuition Reimbursement available
- 457 Deferred Compensation plan
- Life Insurance - Provided coverage in the amount of $10,000
Negotiated 3% increase to base salary effective July 1, 2018