Riverside Fire Department
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City of Riverside Fire Department

The City of Riverside Fire Department (RFD) is a premier, all-risk/full-service municipal fire department serving over 325,000 residents and a student population of approximately 60,000. Our 210 career firefighters respond to over 38,589 calls annually, deployed out of 14 fire stations strategically spanning Riverside’s 81.4 square miles. We take great pride in our 125 year history of exceptional professionalism, excellent customer service and commitment to innovation. Highly motivated, public service minded individuals are strongly encouraged to apply to become part of the RFD family. Contact recruitment for more information.

Career Opportunities

  • Highly competitive
  • Family atmosphere
  • The distinction of being able to claim the title of “Firefighter” with the City of Riverside Fire Department
  • Excellent physical conditioning and training throughout your career

Department Statistics

  • 14 Stations
  • 2 Battalions
  • State of the Art Training Facility
  • Paramedic Program
  • 14 Engines
  • 3 Tiller Trucks
  • 4 ATV's
  • 1 Patrol
  • 3 Rescue Squads
  • 2 Brush Engines
  • 2 Water Tenders
  • 1 Haz Mat Unit
  • 1 Breathing Support
  • 1 Heavy Rescue
  • 1 Water Rescue
  • 3 Cal-OES Engines
  • Five Divisions


Firefighter Requirements

  • Completion of the twelfth grade OR equivalent
  • Completion of a California State Fire Marshal accredited Fire Academy OR two years of full-time paid experience as a Firefighter with a municipal department
  • Possession of a valid class “C” California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License
  • Possession of a valid American Heart Association Health Care Provider OR Red Cross Professional Rescuers Certification
  • Possession of a valid Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) card OR Possession of a valid paramedic license at the time of application. Candidates must provide proof of a valid California State EMT certification or paramedic license prior to the first day of employment.
  • Possession of a certified candidate (CPAT) certificate OR Biddle physical agility test certificate within six months of application.
  • Find out more about becoming a Firefighter.
  • Fill out an interest card.



Become a Firefighter

Interested in becoming a firefighter? See below to get started. Or view the printable PDF.


Cost $150 for 2 orientations & timed test or $25/Practice Test

Register online at FCTCOnline.org

FCTC – Orange (877) 648-2728
FCTC – San Diego (877) 648-2728
Oxnard College (FCTC Issues Certificate) (805) 384-8109
FREE Candidate Assistance Program – LA City Fire
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(213) 893-9502

Become an EMT & consider Paramedic

Paramedics are in HIGH DEMAND

Link 2 Life Link2Life.org (949) 643-2048
OCEMT OCEMT.edu (949) 291-3887
CIEMT CIEMT.com (562) 989-1520
EMSTA College EMSTACollege.com (619) 593-6782
SD Miramar EMT SDMiramarEmt.org (619) 221-2142

Enroll in Community College

Meet with an academic advisor to plan your educational goals

Obtain Firefighter 1 Academy Certificate - Consider A.A. Degree

Colleges with FF1 Academy and EMT Programs Address City, State, Zip
Riverside Community College 4800 Magnolia Avenue Riverside, CA 92506
Crafton Hills College 11711 San Canyon Drive Yucaipa, CA 92399
Mt. San Antonio College 1100 North Grand Avenue Walnut, CA 91789
Santa Ana College 1530 W. 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92706
Rio Hondo College 3600 Workman Mill Road Whittier, CA 90601
El Camino College 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance, CA 90506
Palomar College 1140 West Mission Road San Marcos, CA 92069
Miramar College 10440 Black Mountain Road San Diego, CA 92126
Victor Valley College 18422 Bear Valley Road Victorville, CA 92395



Contact Us

E-mail JoinRFD@RiversideCA.gov for questions/comments regarding joining RFD.