The Oceanside Fire Department prides itself in attracting a diverse, highly-qualified pool of applicants.

The following link is a document geared toward high school students, but is valuable to anyone just getting started in researching the pathway to a career in the fire and emergency services:  Career Pathway

The current entry-level position for the Oceanside Fire Department is firefighter/paramedic. The minimum qualifications for this classification include, but are not limited to, State of California or National Registry Paramedic licensure and the ability to obtain San Diego County accreditation as a paramedic. For entry-level candidates the successful completion of an accredited basic fire academy is also required. The academy requirement is waived for lateral applicants. Additionally, a current CPR and ACLS card is required, along with a valid State of California Class C Driver’s License.  There are many paths to the fire service, and you should reach out to your local colleges, any contacts you may have within the fire service, and other fire departments to learn them.

All prospective Oceanside Fire Department employees must undergo a thorough personal background investigation. They will also be required to complete a comprehensive medical evaluation, including a drug screen.

Fire Department recruiting, testing and hiring of employees is handled by the City of Oceanside Personnel Department. For information, contact Personnel at (760) 435-3500.  For information on current job openings see the Current City of Oceanside Job Openings, or call the City’s Job Hotline telephone number at (760) 435-3505.

For more information visit, it’s a useful site created by a firefighter/paramedic designed to help individuals pursuing a career in the fire service.

The Oceanside Fire Department has various fire prevention and support-level positions as well.

Thank you for your interest.