Fire Recruitment Information

How to Become a Firefighter

The City of El Cerrito works with the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC - formerly known as FireHire), a program of the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC), for recruiting services for positions available with the El Cerrito Fire Department. Candidates complete their application and testing requirements through the FCTC, which then creates a statewide list of qualified applicants available for hire. The City of El Cerrito recruits qualified candidates for any positions available with the El Cerrito Fire Department from the statewide list.

For information on current testing opportunities, go to the FCTC website at

For information on current job opportunities in the fire service, go to the FCTC Now Hiring page or the CFFJAC Recruitment Job Opportunities website.

For Frequently Asked Questions on the testing process, go to FCTC FAQs.

For information on how to become a firefighter, including training and academic requirements, go to the CFFJAC Recruitment website, or check out their Facebook page at