In celebration of Women's Heritage Month, the Los Angeles Fire Department is hosting a Women's Recruitment Event at California State University, Northridge, on March 24, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. The event will spotlight the amazing career opportunities available to women in the LAFD.

Presentations will cover such topics as the Fire Department hiring process, the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) and requirements for successfully completing the Fire Academy. To round out the program, the LAFD will conduct live emergency operations demonstrations and provide opportunities to actually participate in hands-on firefighting techniques, including the ladder lift and hose drag.  

These interactive stations are designed to give participants a first-hand experience with the type of strength and technique required to safely and effectively master some of the tasks required to be a Firefighter. Fire equipment displays will also be on hand to see and touch. A free lunch will be provided for the first 500 participants.

DUTIES OF A FIREFIGHTER : A Firefighter engages directly in Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, fire prevention and rescue, and inspections of building and property to ensure compliance with fire codes. Firefighters are also trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and may be trained as paramedics.


Step 1: Preliminary Background Application.

All candidates must complete a Preliminary Background Application (PBA) as part of the application process. After completing the PBA, you will receive instantaneous information on issues you should resolve before beginning the selection process, and you will be told if you have a realistic chance of success in some of the common areas of the background investigation portion of the selection process. If you decide to continue the application process, you will be instructed to fill out additional application information online.

STEP 2: Minimum Requirements.

If you decide to continue the application process, you must meet the minimum requirements, which include maintaining a current passing score on the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from the time of your application to the time of appointment as a Firefighter. If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be further instructed to fill out additional application information online.

The CPAT is not administered by the City of Los Angeles. Candidates must schedule and pay for their own CPAT.

Minimum Requirements:

• Current passing score on the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

• Completion of the online Preliminary Background Application

• 18 years old (at the time of application)

• High School diploma, G.E.D., or CHSPE certificate

• Valid California Driver's License is required at the time of appointment

STEP 3: Written Test (Multiple-Choice).

The written test is made up of two test parts, Parts 1 and 2. Only when passing Part 1 will Part 2 be scored.

A passing score in both test parts is valid indefinitely. After one year from a candidate's written test date, an unsuccessful candidate may re-apply to re-take these tests by submitting a new PBA and online application.

STEP 4: Interview.

Candidates must pass Parts 1 and 2 of the written test to be invited to a panel interview (consisting of representatives from the Fire and Personnel Departments and the community). A passing score on the interview ranks candidates on the eligible list.

Names may be removed from the eligible list after one year unless the eligibility of candidates on the list is extended. After one year from the candidate's interview date, a candidate may apply to be scheduled to retake the interview by submitting a new PBA and online application.

STEP 5: Background Investigation.

A Background Investigation will be conducted based on a candidate's ranking on the eligible list and the hiring needs of the Fire Department. The Background Investigation form may take up to four hours to complete.

STEP 6: Initial Panel Review of Qualifications.

Candidates who pass the Initial Background Investigation will be competitively evaluated during a review of qualifications by a panel consisting of a Fire Captain, a Personnel Department representative and, as needed, a Chief Officer.

STEP 7: Field Investigation.

A Field Investigation of a candidate's background will be conducted for those selected at the Panel Review (Step 6). A Field Investigation may take from 30 to 180 days, depending on the complexity of investigation required.

STEP 8: Final Panel Review for Tentative Job Offer.

When the Field Investigation is completed, a final review of candidates' qualifications will be completed by a panel consisting of a Chief Officer, Fire Captain and a Personnel Department representative. Based on this review, candidates will be selected to receive a tentative job offer.

STEP 9: Medical and Psychological Evaluations.

Selected candidates who receive a tentative job offer will be scheduled for a medical and psychological evaluation. Those successfully completing these evaluations will be appointed in accordance with their date of completion and City hiring needs.

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