Working for Alameda Fire


Interest Card 

Click here to fill out an interest form if you are seeking a career with the Alameda Fire Department. 


The City of Alameda Fire Department is seeking career-minded individuals whose performance is reflective of a very high level of dedication and commitment to public service.  Alameda firefighters are trained professionals who provide a wide range of services to include: fire suppression, fire prevention, ambulance transport and emergency services to protect the lives and property of a diverse community of over 79,000.  The Fire Department’s goal is to develop staffing that reflects the rich make-up of the diverse population residing within the City of Alameda.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be committed to fostering respect, dignity, and fairness, and is driven by a strong commitment to providing quality service. 

Application, Selection, and Hiring Process


Complete and submit the application and supplemental questionnaire, including attaching required documentation (Firefighter I certificate, Paramedic License, and Driver’s License). Your application, questionnaire responses, and required documentation will be reviewed  and if you receive a passing evaluation you will be invited to an exam consisting of an oral board interview and paramedic assessment.

Oral Board & Paramedic Assessment

Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an exam consisting of an oral board interview and a paramedic assessment.

Eligibility List

Applicants passing the oral board interview and paramedic assessment with 70% or more on each will be placed on the eligible list based on the final weighted score of each component of the exam. The oral board and paramedic assessment will each be worth 50% of the final score.

Chief's Interview

All applicants passing both the oral board interview and a paramedic assessment will immediately move to the Chief’s interview. 

Background, Psych & Medical Evaluation

Applicants passing the Chief’s interview process and selected to continue in the hiring process will be provided a conditional offer of employment and will be required to successfully complete a background investigation, psychological evaluation, and medical evaluation.

Final Offer of Employment

Applicants passing the background, psychological evaluation and medical evaluation will receive a final offer of employment approximately two weeks before the start of the Academy.

Swim Test

Those hired will be required to complete a 250 yard swim test by the end of the Academy. Test requires sworn staff be able to swim 250 yards without aid and without touching the bottom of the pool; there is no time requirement for this exam.