Join OFD

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

There are a many careers in the fire service.  Here are opportunities within the Oceanside Fire Department to start a career:

  • Firefighter - see the next section for specifics
  • Fire Explorers - for those in high school
  • Emergency Medical Technicians - recruitment's are posted by Human Resources and occur semi-annually. If active, they are posted here - EMT Recruitment. You may also enter job interest cards/notifications here - HR Job Interest.
  • Community Risk Reduction Division Inspectors and Specialists - part-time positions available at various times and unpaid internships are possible throughout the year. Unpaid internships may transition into paid part-time.  Contact us at (760) 435-4101.
  • Logistics Technicians - part-time positions available at various times.


There are a number of pathways to become a firefighter in San Diego County and the City of Oceanside.

  • This link is for a document created by local community colleges and is comprehensive: Joining the Fire Service in San Diego County
  • 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.

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

Thank you for your interest.