Sunday, December 22, 2013

Firefighter Recruitment Announcement City of Ontario, California

Firefighter Recruitment Announcement
Human Resources Department - 415 East 'B' Street Ontario, CA 91764 -
$4,713.16 - $5,728.87 Monthly

OPENING DATE: 12/20/13
CLOSING DATE: 02/16/14 05:00 PM


We want to give you some time to get ready....

The City of Ontario will accept applications for the position of Firefighter during the dates listed below. Interested applicants should review the position's Qualification Guidelines below and make necessary arrangements to meet the qualifications no later than February 21, 2014 at 5 pm. These qualifications include completing required testing prior to submitting your application.

The City of Ontario will accept applications for this position online between February 17, 2014 and February 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.   

Led by Chief Floyd Clark, the Ontario Fire Department is a team committed to professional and compassionate public service. The department serves a population well over 170,000 people, covering nearly 50 square miles. There are eight fire stations that house eight engine companies and two truck companies. The City of Ontario is in the process of developing 13 square miles in the New Model Colony, one of the largest undeveloped sections of the western Inland Empire, where the Fire Department will soon begin construction of fire station nine.

Ontario is a full service department providing fire/rescue services; medical services through the department's paramedic program; safety education; fire inspections; plan review; and various specialty teams such as SWAT medics and bomb squad. 

The Ontario Fire Department is proud to serve the residents, businesses, and visitors of the City of Ontario with a high degree of professionalism.  The members of the Ontario Fire Department realize the value of each team member and constantly strive to improve service to the community by living up to the motto: Courtesy - Loyalty - Service.

The City of Ontario 

The City of Ontario is a dynamic leading community in South California's "Inland Empire" with a variety of full-time and part-time employment and volunteer opportunities. Ontario enjoys the reputation of being a progressive City which provides solid leadership to its citizens and to the business community. The City provides a full range of services to the community including: Police, Fire, Administrative Services, Community Services, Development, Economic Development, Housing, and the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company. The City’s team is staffed with approximately 1,000 full-time and 100 part-time diverse and talented employees who work to support a common goal of providing excellent service to the community.
We invite you to learn more about the City of Ontario by reviewing the City's website. A few useful links are also listed below:
Approach to Public Service (General guidelines for City of Ontario employees) (Information about City of Ontario benefit plans)
The Ontario Plan (The City's Comprehensive Business Plan)

Under supervision of a Fire Captain, the firefighter fights fires and performs emergency medical and rescue work; participates in fire prevention inspections, public education, station maintenance, routine vehicle maintenance, and training activities; performs related work as required.
  • Responds to calls for service as part of a team. 
  • Engages in all types of fire fighting activities which include rescue, protection of exposures, confinement and extinguishment of fires, overhaul of fire scenes, ventilation, and salvage operations. 
  • Performs fire prevention activities, including pre-fire planning and disaster preparation training. 
  • Performs routine maintenance of fire fighting equipment and station facilities. 
  • Participates in regular drills and training. 
  • Operates/utilizes all types of machinery, equipment, and supplies appropriate for area of assignment including tools, hoses, ladders, medical equipment and supplies, and motor vehicles. 
  • Participates in a wide range of emergency and rescue activities, including emergency medical services, extrication, and heavy rescue. 
  • When properly qualified, may perform as a paramedic, hazardous materials specialist, bomb squad member, or other special assignment. 
  • Performs other job related duties and responsibilities as required.


High School diploma or recognized equivalent. Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.

Valid Class C driver's license or officially recognized equivalent and acceptable driving record at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Successful completion of an Accredited California State Fire Academy or possession of aFire Fighter I certificate issued by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal at time of application. Proof of successful California State Fire Academy completion and or Fire Fighter I certificate must be attached to your application. Failure to attach documentation to your application will result in disqualification from the selection process. All statements made on submitted application materials are subject to verification.

Written Examination

Completion of the FireTeam Entry-level Firefighter Examination is required. All testing must be completed through the National Testing Network (NTN) by February 21, 2014. Please visit for additional information and to schedule a testing date. Your passing exam score will determine your placement on the eligibility list for this position.

What to expect at the website:
  • Detailed information about the testing process for the entry level test.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

The City of Ontario will not conduct its own written examination
. It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm test dates and times, as well as pre-register for testing by contacting National Testing Network (NTN). Only one testing score will be accepted. Any costs associated with taking examinations are the responsibility of the applicant. A fee is assessed by the National Testing Network to complete the examination. Fee waivers are available through the City of Ontario. Proof of financial need is required.

Upon completion of the entry level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Ontario. Candidates meeting the position's minimum qualifications and who attain a passing score on the written exam will be placed on the eligibility list in score order. National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of Ontario’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to the City of Ontario Department where the final decisions are made.

CPAT or Biddle Certification
Proof of successful completion of Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) or Biddle Physical Agility Test issued between February 17, 2013 and February 21, 2014.  Candidates must provide the location, date, and overall time (if available) of their Physical Agility examination on their employment application. Both the CPAT and the Biddle are pass/fail exams. The City of Ontario will not conduct its own CPAT or Biddle testing. It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm test dates and times, as well as pre-register for testing by contacting the authorized testing provider directly. Only one testing score will be accepted. Any costs associated with taking examinations are the responsibility of the applicant. Financial assistance may be available through the testing provider.

For additional information regarding the CPAT examination, please review the following:

For additional information regarding the Biddle examination, please review the following: or  Please note that additional providers are available.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all documentation related to their CPAT or Biddle certification is uploaded and attached to their online application.  Failure to attach documentation to your application will result in disqualification from the selection process. All statements made on submitted application materials are subject to verification.

Availability of Testing
The City of Ontario is not responsible for delayed or unavailable testing results or for an applicant's inability to complete the required testing due to the availability of testing services. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to complete the required examinations as early as possible.

Selection Process

Applications received prior to the closing date of the recruitment will be screened for conformance with minimum required qualifications listed above. Those applications not meeting the position's minimum requirements or lacking proper certification will be rejected. All statements made on an employment application and all scores submitted with an application will be verified. If the City is unable to verify your examination scores, your application will be rejected.

Your passing score on written examination used by the City of Ontario will determine your placement on the eligibility list for this position. Applicants will be placed on the position's eligibility list in score order. Applicants with similar scores will be placed into bands. The top candidates will be referred to the Fire Department for consideration. The most qualified applicants will participate in the Fire Department's selection process. Candidates selected to continue in the selection process will participate in a background investigation/polygraph exam. Any offer of employment shall be contingent upon passing a comprehensive medical exam as well as a psychological evaluation.  
Application Process
Applications must be submitted online using the City's Online Hiring Center. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applicants must submit all transcripts or other documentation of required certification at the time of application. This documentation should be uploaded as a PDF or word document and attached to your online application using the system's resume attachment feature. Failure to provide required documentation will result in disqualification from the selection process.

Your application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications. It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess for at least the past 10 years. List all periods of employment, beginning with your most recent or present employer (including, if applicable, all employment with the City of Ontario). 
List any experience that may help you to qualify for the position. List separately each position held, including different positions with the same employer. Resumes may be included but will not substitute for the employment history section. Failure to complete these sections may result in the rejection of your application.

Frequently Asked Questions
Must I complete all of the required testing? 
Yes. If you fail to complete and pass the required testing your application will be rejected. Required application materials must be attached to your application and will not be accepted after the closing date of the recruitment. The City of Ontario is not responsible for delayed or unavailable testing results or for an applicant's inability to complete the required testing due to the availability of testing services. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to immediately complete their required testing.

How do I attach documents to my online application? 

Documents should be scanned in black and white at the lowest possible resolution and then converted into a PDF or a MS Word document. It is recommended that each document be attached separately. If you are unable to attach a document, it is more than likely that the file size is too large. To attach a document to an online application, click on the Add Attachment(s) link, add the name of the document in the File Description field and then click Browse to locate the document you would like to attach to your application. Select Upload to complete the attachment process.

I currently work as a Firefighter in another state, how do I obtain the required certifications? 

The requirements include successful completion of an accredited California State Fire Academy or possession of a Fire Fighter I certificate issued by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal at time of application. California State Fire Training (SFT) does not offer reciprocity for certifications. In order to apply for SFT certification in California, you must meet all of the requirements listed in the SFT Procedures Manual 
click here (or refer to pg. 94 SFT Procedures Manual - ver. 2008). As such, you must have served with a California Fire Department to meet the minimum qualifications for a Fire Fighter I certificate.

Are there written instruction regarding the application process? 

Please refer to the following application guide:
All applications received by the filing deadline will be screened. Those candidates selected as best meeting the needs of the City will be invited to continue in the selection process.
  • Candidates who successfully complete all phases of the selection process will be placed on an eligibility list. Current and future vacancies will be filled from this list. Lists typically last for 12 months but may be extended or abolished based upon the needs of the City.
  • The City encourages applications from qualified individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any phase of the selection process must make such a request during the application process. Applicants with disabilities that affect sensory, manual, or speaking skills may be provided with a test in a format that does not require the use of the impaired skill. Persons requesting reasonable accommodation will be required to provide documentation of such a need.
  • All potential employees are required to pass a fingerprint review and a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.
  • The City supports a Drug-Free Workplace. The pre-employment physical may include a drug screen.
  • Successful candidates shall be required to complete a verification form designated by the Department of Homeland Security United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that certifies eligibility for employment in the United States of America.
  • All City employees are required to sign a loyalty oath in accordance with California Government Code Section 3100.
  • The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract expressed or implied and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.
  • If applicable, official college transcripts may be required prior to receiving an offer of employment.



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