From its inception in 1982, the Cal-JAC has focused on professionalizing recruitment efforts, breaking down barriers to qualified candidates and building vital bridges between firefighter candidates and the departments for whom they wish to work.

  • Becoming A Firefighter: Learn about academic and physical requirements, how to prepare for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), and written test, both necessary steps to becoming a firefighter.
  • Women's Commission: Cal-JAC continues to pioneer the creation of a broader, more professional and more diverse fire service, through its Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service—the first statewide recruitment effort targeting women and minorities in the fire service.
  • Job Opportunities: Check for updates on job opportunities throughout California.
  • Department Resources: Fire departments can access tools to assist with their recruitment efforts.
  • Career Expos: Spring 2020 Career Expos have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

The information in this section is provided to help you decide if a career in the fire service is right for you.  We hope to give you an understanding of the job requirements so you can begin to prepare for this highly competitive profession.