Job Opportunities

Accepting Applications Now! Apply here:

We are the only City Fire Department in Santa Clara County that provides Advanced Life Support Transport in addition to fire service, and we work hard at it. The PAFD answers 8,000 calls to serve the greater Palo Alto community every year–more than half require medical response. That’s just the beginning.

From emergency medical response to wildland urban interface management, the talented and energetic women and men of the PAFD provide innovative and high quality services to the 125,000 people who work and live in Palo Alto each day. They are the heart of what makes PAFD the best department to work for.

We are looking for unique individuals to join us in serving the safety needs of our community, and will be accepting applications for entry level Firefighter EMT and Firefighter Paramedics in March, 2017.

The Palo Alto Fire Department offers excellent opportunities for career growth and an amazing team with which to work plus offers competitive salary and benefits:

  • Starting pay at $85,000 annually
  • 48/96 Schedule (Two 24 hours shifts back-to-back, followed by 4 days off)
  • Differential pay for special certifications
  • Vacation starting at five shifts per year
  • Tour trades allowing for time off without using vacation
  • Six shifts of sick leave per year
  • Retirement Pension with a 2.7% at 57, with military service counting towards years of service
  • Medical, Dental and Life Insurance Coverage
  • Medical Insurance coverage after retirement

Read all the details on salary and benefits in the most recent Memorandum of Agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters Here.

Begin Your Journey to the Most Rewarding and Fun Career Now, Here’s How!

The Department will release detailed application instructions in the following weeks. To get started;

  • Submit an Online Interest Card to be notified when the application period opens
  • Make sure you meet the Minimum Requirements outlined below
  • Take the firefighter written exam from the National Testing Network Firefighter Test (FireTEAM)
  • Attend orientation or take the practice test for the Candidate Physical Agility Test
  • Contact one of our Recruitment Liaisons to answer your questions about the job

Questions? We’re happy to talk to you!
For questions about what it's like to work for the Palo Alto Fire Department, connecting with resources, or interest in any help with interview preparation contact one of our Firefighter Recruitment Liaisons:

  DeonShawn Strothers
(510) 472-9765
Daniel Fortino
(650) 329-2256
Christy Baird
(650) 329-2256
Joseph Penko
(650) 392-5589
Tamara Jasso
(650) 329-2435
Jon Matsumoto
(408) 219-1763
Adam Fortino
(650) 329-2256

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the following at the time of application:

You must meet the following by your first day of work:

Revision Date: 7/11/2013
Firefighter EMT and Firefighter Paramedic Application Information
Revision Date: 10/13/2009
Firefighter EMT and Firefighter Paramedic Brochure
Revision Date: 10/13/2009
Revision Date: 8/9/2013
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2017