Wanted: Firefighters

FireFighterFor two days only, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will be accepting applications for future firefighters.

The fire department will begin accepting applications at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, through 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.

“Los Angeles County firefighters enjoy an internationally renowned reputation for being the best,” Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. “Each day in communities across Los Angeles County, they provide a lifesaving service. When not responding to emergencies, our firefighters serve and support their communities in other helpful ways.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and an American citizen or permanent resident who graduated from high school, its equivalent, or higher, from an accredited college or university. Also required is a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate.

The fire department would administer an intensive training program in basic firefighting, emergency medical treatment, and peace officer responsibilities.

Osby said the department expects a large number of applicants. He is confident the department will fill vacancies within its ranks “to sustain the necessary level of emergency staffing in the communities we serve.”

The county Board of Supervisors voted in November to create a strike team to expedite and oversee the administration of the Firefighter Examination. For more information, go to fire department’s website or call (323) 881-2411.