Becoming A Santa Monica Firefighter

Minimum Qualifications

All Firefighters candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • Must be at least  21 years of age.
  • Must be a United States citizen, eligible to become a naturalized citizen, or have a legal right to work in the United States.
  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license.
  • Must be in good physical condition.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • May not have misdemeanor convictions involving domestic violence or convicted of any felony. Other high grade misdemeanors may also be a disqualifying factor.
  • Upon being hired, must be a non-user of tobacco products.
  • Must have skills in reading, writing, spelling and communication in English at an appropriate level.
  • Possess the ability to assess situations and determine the proper course of action.
  • Possess the ability to deal with a variety of cultural sensitivity issues.

Written Examination

The written examination will test applicants’ skills in vocabulary, spelling and reading comprehension. The exam also tests the applicant’s general knowledge and may have some reference to firefighting principles. 

Physical Fitness Qualifier

Biddle Physical Agility certificate must be valid within 12 months of application. Must successfully complete the City of Santa Monica Fire Department Training Academy.

Psychological & Medical Exam

Applicants will be evaluated for their suitability for employment as Santa Monica Firefighters. All applicants must also successfully complete a City medical examination, including a drug screening, to determine if they meet the City’s medical standards for the position of Firefighter.

Background Investigation

Applicants who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process are required to undergo a thorough background investigation. The investigation is used to determine an applicant’s moral character and suitability for employment in law enforcement. The investigation shall include, but is not limited to, the following reviews: criminal record, polygraph examination, driving record, credit history, military record, current and previous employment history and references.
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For more information on these requirements, you may contact the Training Division at 310-458-2201 ext 5159.

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