Updates on City of San José Services and/or Operations . (English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文)

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San José Fire Department
1661 Senter Rd.
San José, CA 95112

Phone: 408-794-7000


Benefits & Retirement

Supplemental Benefit & Retirement Information

This information is subject to negotiated changes with IAFF, Local 230.


  • Health Insurance (five plans to choose from): Kaiser, Blue Shield (HMO), Blue Shield (Point-of-Service), Blue Shield (PPO), and Health-In-Lieu (available if you have alternative insurance).
  • Dental Insurance (three plans to choose from): Delta Dental Plan (PPO), DeltaCare/PMI Plan (HMO), and Dental-In-Lieu (available if you have alternative insurance).
  • Sick Leave: equal to .04616 hours multiplied by the number of hours worked (2,912 hours per year excluding overtime). This equals approximately 134 hours a year or 5½, 24-hour shifts.
  • Uniform Allowance: $495 per year.
  • Bilingual Pay: 2.5% of top-step Firefighter pay. Current languages qualifying for Bilingual Pay include: Arabic, Assyrian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
  • Educational Incentives:
    • Up to $1,000 a year to reimburse for costs associated with college accredited courses related to the position.
    • $35 per pay period ($910 a year) for possession of a college degree (A.A., A.S, B.A., B.S., or master’s degree)


Years of Service Vacation Hours Per Year
1-5 120 Hours (Five Shifts)
6-10 168 Hours (Seven Shifts)
11-12 192 Hours (Eight Shifts)
13-14 216 Hours (Nine Shifts)
15+ 288 Hours (12 Shifts)

Firefighter Vision Standards

If you need detailed information, please call Medical Services.


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