Firefighter Career Information

The Santa Clara County Fire Department offers presentations on career firefighting as well as other fire service professions. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact the Community Education Office at 408-378-4010 or via email.

For career opporutnities with Santa Clara County Fire Department, click on the Current Openings page. 

Career Programs within Santa Clara County

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire)
Apply for Firefighter 1 as a seasonal, temporary classification. Must be 18 years of age at time of appointment. File an application between the first of November through the last business day of January. Applications must be filed at each CAL Fire Unit where you wish to be considered for employment. 
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So you want to become a firefighter?

To assist you in becoming competitive as an entry level firefighter candidate, and to help you build upon skills you already possess, this Fire Service Information sheet includes information on local and national institutions and organization that offer education and training programs designed to help entry level job seekers prepare themselves to meet their fire service career goals.

So You Want to Become a Firefighter - Informational Handout

CA State Fire Training Accredited Program List



The Santa Clara County Fire Department participates in community events promoting fire and life safety. Participation may include an apparatus display and presentation by local firefighters and department personnel and/or an interactive fire or life safety booth at community events.  

Silicon Valley Fall Festival, Cupertino

Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Class, Los Altos

EngineVisit SafetyBoothgroup 
Los Gatos Fiesta de Arts, Los Gatos

If you would like to request SCCFD to participate in your community event, please contact the Community Education Office at (408) 378-4010 or via email.

cpraedtraining2testSanta Clara County Fire Department offers American Heart Association Hands Only CPR/AED training (no certification, 90 minutes) and Heartsaver CPR/AED training (2-year certification, 4 hours). Please see below for class information and schedule. 

At this time, SCCFD does not offer First Aid training or Healthcare Provider/BLS training for EMTs, RNs or other professional rescuers.

Hands Only CPR/AED/Choking Class
(No Certification)

Participants will learn how to perform high quality chest compressions on an adult and child, utilize an AED, and aid an adult or child who is choking. Most often, citizens will need to perform CPR on a family member, friend or co-worker. Learn how to perform high quality compressions and use an AED in the precious moments before first responders arrive.

FREE 90 minute Hands Only CPR/AED/choking class. 
Participants will NOT receive a two-year CPR/AED certification card. 
To receive a CPR certification card, register below for an AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED certification class. 

2019 CLASS Schedule
TO REGISTER: Click on a date below

  • January 23 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Los Altos Hills
  • February 20 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Cupertino
  • March 20 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
  • April 16 - Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Saratoga
  • May 15 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Campbell
  • June 5 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Los Altos 
  • July 17 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Los Altos Hills
  • August 14 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Cupertino
  • September 18 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
  • October 15 - Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Saratoga 
  • November 6 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Campbell
  • December 4 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm • Los Altos


Heartsaver CPR/AED Class
(CPR/AED Certification)

Heartsaver CPR/AED is  designed for persons who are required to obtain a course certification card documenting completion of a CPR course, except for those requiring healthcare provider/BLS. In this skills-based class, you will be trained in the new "Science of CPR" and "Relief of Foreign Body Airway Obstruction." You will demonstrate the proper technique and sequence of CPR for adult, child and infant. You will also receive instruction and hands-on-training for using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

At the completion of this class, you will obtain a 2-year Heartsaver CPR/AED certification card. 
Note: This class is not for a BLS Healthcare Provider or HeartCode certification card or a Heartsaver Pediatric certification card.

REGISTER: To register for a Heartsaver CPR/AED class, please contact one of the following locations listed below or search the online catalog or activity guides by using keyword CPR:

Who can enroll in the course?
Classes are for ages 13 years and older without any prerequisite.
If the student is under 18 years old, a parent or guardian must check student into class and sign a waiver at the beginning of class.

Please contact one of the locations listed above for dates and times of upcoming CPR classes.

Campbell (the exact location of class will be provided once registered). 

6:00PM - 10:00PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month. 

Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Additional Providers for CPR/AED & First Aid Training:

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

Additional Resources

Stop the Bleed - Video

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. 

You may be able to save a life by taking these simple actions immediately after the trauma.

Hands Only CPR - Video

Santa Clara County Fire Department proudly participates in community reading programs. Our firefighters and department personnel encourage the love of literacy by reading fire safety books to school-aged children.  

If you are interested in having SCCFD participate in your community reading program, please contact the Community Education Office at (408) 378-4010 or via email.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department provides services to the cities of CampbellCupertinoLos AltosLos Altos Hills & Los Altos Hills County Fire DistrictLos GatosMonte Sereno, and Saratoga. For a list of all other fire departments that serve other cities within Santa Clara County, click here.



Information & Resources:

If you have additional questions or comments, please contact Community Education Services by phone at (408) 378-4010 or by email