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City of Millbrae

Please note: At this time the City of Millbrae does not have any openings for the position of Firefighter. In the future, when we do have openings, we may pull names from the list that will be established by FireHire Inc.
FireHire accepts registration on a continuous basis. If you would like to contact FireHire Inc. for additional information, you may visit their website at or call (800) 755-5891. 


Job Definition: Under general, indirect, and/or direct supervision, participate in fire prevention activities; respond to emergencies, including but not limited to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, and rescue calls; protect life and property; assist in the operation and maintenance of fire engines, rescue and firefighting equipment, and the fire station. May be assigned responsibilities in any division of the Fire Department.

Essential Duties: Firefighters are responsible for, but not limited to:
Responding to a variety of fire, emergency rescue, medical emergencies, and public service calls including drownings, inhalator cases, accidents, and catastrophes.
Laying hose lines, operating engine pumping equipment as required and assisting in holding nozzles to direct streams of water on fires.
Forcing entry, raising, lowering, and scaling ladders; ventilating and covering exposures; and directing and performing salvage and clean-up operations.
Operating resuscitator and other rescue equipment, administering first aid;
Assisting in the repair and maintenance of fire equipment and apparatus.
Assisting in maintaining clean and orderly conditions in and about the fire stations including handling minor maintenance.
Studying Fire Department rules and regulations, fire hazards, and firefighting techniques.
Participating in and/or supervising fire drills, exercises, and equipment testing.
Performing periodic fire prevention inspections of businesses and apartment buildings.
Writing and issuing correction notices.
Responding to fire calls during other than normal duty hours.
Receiving and resolving citizen complaints.
Maintaining a variety of departmental records including daily journals, fire reports, training records, fire and water damage reports, etc.
Assisting in conducting special studies of arson investigation, fire prevention, traffic control, or other Fire Department-related issues.
Providing information and direction to the public; assisting in developing community education programs; and speaking before business, school, civic and social groups.
Attending training programs to maintain or improve job skills.

Fire Service Standards

Age: Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.

Vision: Correctable to 20/20 with adequate depth perception and color vision.

Physical Characteristics: Proportionate. Must be in good physical condition.

Knowledge of: The geography of the local area; fire safety regulations and practices; and pertinent local and state codes and ordinances.

Ability to: Think and act quickly in emergencies; judge situations and people accurately; learn standard broadcast procedures of a public safety radio system; understand and carry out oral and written directions; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the general public, peers, and supervisors; read and write at a level required for successful job performance; learn firefighting methods and techniques, the basic operation and mechanics of firefighting equipment, and the location of hydrants, mains, and major traffic and fire hazards; learn to drive a fire truck with care and safety in accordance with traffic laws and ordinances; learn and maintain proficiency in basic first aid practices and techniques; analyze fire and driving situations and adopt effective courses of action; prepare complete and accurate reports and notices; meet standards of adequate physical stature, endurance, and agility.

Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth (12) grade.

Experience: None.

License: Must possess and maintain a valid California Operator's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles and a satisfactory driving record.

Certification: Must possess a current EMT-1 or B Certification.

Background: Free from conviction of any crime determined to be a felony or history of disabling psychological factors.


Retirement: PERS 2% @ 50
Sick leave accrual: 12 hours per month
Vacation accrual: 6 to 12 shifts per year
Uniform allowance: $550.00 per year

Suggestions to become a Firefighter or Firefighter/Paramedic

Prepare for your career by enrolling in and completing a Fire Technology Program, which are available atmost community colleges. Paramedics are in high demand - consider enrolling in a Paramedic Certification course to get your EMT-P certification. Attend study groups and test preparation courses to get more information about what Entry-Level Firefighter exams cover. Practice your oral interview skills and start preparing for the physical agility test. Start taking employment exams given by cities and fire departments. Exposure to the test-taking process may help you overcome test anxiety and give you ideas about what to study. Review your test results for areas that require improvement. Libraries are a good place to obtain sample questions and study guides or materials. Above all, persevere...many qualified firefighters took a multitude of tests and dozens of interviews before being hired.

The following is a partial list of area fire technology education and/or paramedic training facilities. Check with the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority at for a complete listing.

Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
831-479-6201 Admissions
831-479-6447 Fire Protection Office

California Fire Academy at Asilomar
836 Asilomar Boulevard
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

California Sepcialized Training Institute
P.O. Box 8123
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8123

Chabot College
2555 Hesperian Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94545
510-786-6700 Admissions
510-786-6851 Fire Science Dept.
510-786-6903 EMT & Paramedic

Cogswell College
1175 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(408) 541-0100

College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 574-6444 Admissions
(650) 574-6347 Fire Tech. Office

Emergency Training Services
3050 Paul Sweet Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Foothill College
4000 Middlefield Road, Suite 1
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Hartnell College
Occupational Education
156 Homestead Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

Mission College
3000 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 988-2200 Admissions
(408) 748-2750 Applied Science Office

San Jose City College
2100 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95028
(408) 298-2181

South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium
3095 Yerba Buena Road
San Jose, CA 95135-1598

UC Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
530-752-3710 Admissions

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Last updated: 9/8/2008 12:52:57 PM