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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
  • Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

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  
  • Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

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.