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Join the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District


These links will give you the information you need to prepare yourself for a fire service career with our organization. We will be periodically accepting applications for firefighter/paramedic. We encourage you to pursue your CPAT Certification & FCTC Test, so you’ll be ready to apply the next time recruitment opens.

Physical Preparation

We have provided a standard physical training program that you must complete if hired into our Fire Academy/Tower. We recommend you start preparing yourself to be physically and mentally ready. Accepting the challenge is the first step for a successful career in the fire service. San Bernardino County Fire recommends you consult with your physician prior to starting any physical regiment or dietary plan.


To have the energy needed to get your body physically ready, nutrition is very important. Find a nutrition program that works for you to gain the most energy while preparing for your future.

San Bernardino County Fire Tower Recommended Workouts

Once you are successful in the selection process for firefighter/paramedic, you will start the Tower (San Bernardino County Fire’s Academy). The following information is provided to help you prepare for the Tower.

Main workouts will include:

  • Push Ups
  • Burpees
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Arm Circles
  • Pull-ups
  • Sprints
  • Sit Ups
  • Plank
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Running

Physical Training Program Standards

Hotshot Standard

  • 1.5 mile run in a time of 10:35 or less
  • 40 sit-ups in 60 seconds or less
  • 25 pushups in 60 seconds or less
  • Pull-ups, based on body weight
  • More than 170 lbs. = 4 pull-ups
  • 135-169 lbs. = 5 pull-ups
  • 110- 134 lbs. = 6 pull-ups
  • Less than 110 lbs. = 7 pull-ups
physical training of firefighters

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

To be a Firefighter/Paramedic with San Bernardino County Fire, you must successful complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). We are no longer accepting the Biddle PAT.

Requires current California Paramedic License, and CPAT, which must be on file with FCTC. (Current ACLS & CPR/BLS must be provided at interview.)
Also requires a passing score with FCTC.

The following physical fitness video will help you be prepared in the Tower Academy.

man running for training


Join Our Team

Visit our Human Resources page to find current job opportunities, use the “Apply” link in the job description to begin your application. Sign up for job notifications at the San Bernardino County Human Resources job descriptions website. In the Search bar type in “Fire” and select which job(s) you would like to receive notifications for, and fill out the interest card(s). You will receive an email notifying you of the job opening when positions open for recruitment. A new interest card must be filled out every year or in the event your information changes. NeoGov will send you a verification email with each position you showed an interest for.

U.S. Citizenship is not required to apply. However, candidates must have the proper status (green card, work visa, etc.) to work legally in the United States.

A copy of your DD214 should be submitted with your application for review and consideration for Veteran’s credit.

Tattoos are allowed. However, the San Bernardino County Fire Department holds its members to the highest standards of professionalism; therefore, our professional appearance is of the utmost importance. Members with tattoos and scarification must keep them covered by a Department-approved uniform or a skin patch while in the field.

Yes. Firefighters are members of one of the most physically demanding occupations in the world. You must be in top physical condition to perform the tasks required of a Firefighter, such as rescuing victims, carrying equipment, raising ladders, and performing automobile extractions. Firefighters, FSA’s and AO’s have different requirements; see the individual page for the details of each.

The examination content for each position is outlined in the job bulletin.

When the needs of the Department dictate, the top candidates on the eligibility list will move to the next step in the selection process. Candidates will remain on the eligible list for 12 months.

A valid driver’s license is required.

Yes, we provide or assist in FSA’s and AO’s attaining EMT, Paramedic, and Firefighter 1 training.

Modern fire stations have separate sleeping and bathroom/shower facilities for men and women. Older stations have been retrofitted with separate bathroom/shower facilities, but common sleeping areas remain. The Department makes every effort to provide the best available solution to privacy issues at each station. And by the way, everyone takes turns cooking, so you might want to start thinking about some of your favorite family recipes.

All positions that you qualify for, you are eligible to test for~ look at all the minimum requirements.

  • Certain felony conviction(s)
  • Dishonorable military discharge
  • On probation as directed by a court
  • Any Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction within two years of filing date

You can email us at joinus@sbcfire.org.