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All Fire organizations are required to comply with state and federal laws and regulations, just as any other employer. These laws regulate certain operations, administrative procedures, and training within the organization, and are commonly referred to as “mandates”.

The majority of the regulations are those adopted by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) to meet national standards developed by the federal OSHA. The goal of most of these regulations is worker safety, although some address a professional performance standard. Many of the standards were developed as a direct result of workplace accidents resulting in injury or death.

The rationale for any employer to comply is three-fold:

  • Worker safety;
  • Professional performance to recognized standards; and
  • Reduced exposure to liability.

Nearly all of the regulations are function-based. While there are regulations that apply to all employees, most regulations describe requirements for specific activities. For example, the respiratory standard only applies to employees who are exposed to hazardous atmospheres in their line of work.

Some standards require the employer to create a safe work environment through administrative policies, engineering safeguards, or following operational guidelines. Others require that the employer provide safety equipment, employee testing, and training.

Fire personnel deserve professional, state-of-the-art training in all aspects of their jobs. Specific state and federal regulations mandate some of this training, although the General Duty Clause is the basis that seems to require the most required training. There are state and national training standards for most job functions.

Fire Department emergency operations are inherently dangerous. Risk management principles require focusing solid, realistic, ongoing, and verifiable training on such “high risk / low frequency” events. Training in the Fire Department needs to focus on training personnel for maximum safety and effectiveness in emergency operations.

Finally, all firefighters have an obligation to uphold the public trust in their Fire Department by efficient and effective service delivery. Developing professional firefighters and officers requires professional training delivery, and jurisdictions have a legal obligation to provide that training to its firefighters.








The Atascadero Fire & Emergency Serives Cadet Program is a unique opportunity for High School students to learn about and experience the fire service.  Cadets are hired as volunteers, and are part of the work experience program through the Atascadero High School.  High School Seniors are given priority and they spend 3 to 4 hours each day, 5 days a week, working alongside the full time firefighters.  While at the station, Cadets learn about the job of a firefighter and train for fire, rescue and medical emergencies.  Additionally, they help clean and maintain the station, emergency equipment and fire engines.  When an alarm comes in for an emergency, the cadets ride on the engine and help out at the scene if it is safe to do so.  The Cadet Program is a great opportunity for any student who thinks they may be interested in pursuing a career in the fire service after high school. 


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The Atascadero Fire & Emergency Services Reserve Firefighter Program was founded on the old fire service traditions of volunteerism and community service. Additionally it serves as a great career building program for the citizens of Atascadero whom are interested in full-time employment within the fire service. A great majority of the current full-time fire department staff were trained and promoted through this program; additionally, many of our past Reserve Firefighters have found full-time employment throughout the state in such fire departments as: San Luis Obispo City FD, Santa Barbara County FD, Fresno City FD, Humboldt Bay FD, Colinga FD, Los Angeles City FD and Sacramento Metro FD, just to name a few.

Currently, the Reserve Firefighter Program employs 12 Reserve Firefighters. The position of Reserve Firefighter is considered part-time employment. On a monthly basis, the Reserve Firefighter is utilized on duty with an assigned shift to help reinforce our fulltime staffing. The Reserve Firefighter is required to fulfill one, 12 hour per month ride-a-long with an assigned full-time shift. The Reserve Firefighter is subject to call back 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. 


The Reserve Firefighter responds to emergencies on an as-needed basis to support department operations which includes, but is not limited to, incidents such as: structural and wildland fires, medical aids, vehicle traffic collisions, hazardous material incidents, and public assists. In addition, supports the department through participation in functions, such as Fireman's Ball, Colony Days, firefighter musters, etc. 


In order to qualify for this position you must be a current resident of the City of Atascadero. Working knowledge of basic suppression techniques and practices. Full-time Fire Academy or San Luis Obispo County 80 hour Paid Call Fire (PCF) Academy highly desired. Ability to learn and apply firefighting principles related to fire suppression and rescue situations; work effectively and cooperatively with others; understand and follow verbal and written direction. CPR certification desired and clear DMV driving record. Class C driver’s license is required.


The Reserve Firefighter Employment Flyer can be found in the “City Jobs” section of this website, and we are accepting applications on a continuous basis.



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The Seasonal Firefighter position is a temporary/part-time position to augment Engine Company staffing during the summer fire season.  The shifts are 56-hour workweeks, conforming to current paid staff schedule. Under general supervision, the seasonal firefighter may fight fires and perform emergency medical and rescue work as part of a fire crew. May also perform fire prevention activities, stations and grounds maintenance, general maintenance and work projects, including weed abatement, painting, cleaning, and light carpentry for the City.

A Seasonal Firefighter must have a working knowledge of basic suppression techniques and practices. Must have the ability to learn and apply firefighting principles related to fire suppression and rescue situations; work effectively and cooperatively with others; understand and follow verbal and written direction.

Desired qualifications include: State Certified EMT-1, CPR, Haz-Mat Fro/Decon, experience and/or training in wildland and structural firefighting, Firefighter I Certificate, Clear DMV driving record desired, and valid Class C driver’s license.  Mandatory Qualifications include Title 22 First Aid or Higher, Proof of Completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).  The applicant shall provide the following prior to receiving a job offer for employment: Hepatitis B - copies of records showing the first of the 3 injections of the Hepatitis B (Hep B) series. TB Skin test (PPD) documented within the last 6 months. If a prior positive test, documentation of a negative chest X-ray within the last six months shall be provided.


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