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Qualifications
Firefighter Recruit EMT Information 
Recruits must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • 18 years old at time of application
  • High school diploma, G.E.D. certificate or California Proficiency Certificate
  • Valid CA Driver’s License (or ability to obtain one)
  • Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate, current at start of the Fire Academy
  • Valid EMT Certificate, or valid certification as a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician Basic
  • Ability to provide verification of your eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor.

Firefighter Recruit Paramedic Information 
Recruits must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • 18 years old at time of application
  • High school diploma, G.E.D. certificate or California Proficiency Certificate
  • Valid CA Driver’s License (or ability to obtain one)
  • Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate, current at start of the Fire Academy
  • Valid Paramedic License, or a valid certification as a National Registered Paramedic  
  • Ability to provide verification of your eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor.

Desirable Education & Skills
  • Valid CA EMT License
  • Valid CA Paramedic License
  • AA/AS/BA/BS Fire Science or Fire Technology
  • Valid CA Driver’s License (Class A or B)
  • • Bilingual in Arabic, Assyrian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese
  • Firefighter I and II Certificates
Vision
Please read the following information to ensure that you meet the minimum vision standards.
  • Uncorrected Vision: (If you do not wear glasses or contact lenses, and have not had any vision-related surgery or medical procedures), the vision standard is: 20/100 binocular (both eyes open)
  • Corrected Vision: Your vision, with glasses or soft contacts, must be 20/20 binocular (both eyes open); 20/40 in the worst eye.
  • Soft Contacts: One year of successful use prior to the examination. Eye glasses are to be used as back-up on an emergency basis and must be available at all times.
  • Eyeglasses must be worn when using respirators.
  • Surgery:
    • All post-op records must be submitted for review.
    • No significant difficulty with glare or night vision.
    • No indications that uncorrected far acuity will be significantly degraded within the next 2 to 3 years by progressive hyperopia.
    • No significant diurnal instability in visual testing or function
    • 1 year minimum elapsed time between surgery and qualifying examination.
  • Orthokeratology: This procedure is unacceptable, and must have been discontinued for at least 12 months prior to examination. Evaluation will be on a case-by-case basis.
  • Other Invasive Eye Altering Procedures: Candidates undergoing other procedures will be conditionally disqualified until a minimum of one year from the date of last procedure.
  • Color Vision: Candidates who fail the PIP test must pass the Farnsworth D-15 with no more than one major crossing error. Use of rose-colored lenses (e.g. "X-Chrom") is not permitted during testing.

How to Apply

When the application process is open, visit www.nationaltestingnetwork.com to apply online and begin the hiring process.


Note: The City of San José Fire Department assumes no responsibility for the notification of test dates. Final responsibility rests on the applicant.