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Hiring Process

The Templeton Fire and Emergency Services (TFD) will be conducting a recruitment and selection process for the positions of Part Time/Paid Call Firefighter (PCF). Applications are available at our Administrative Office, 420 Crocker St, or by downloading the Recruitment Application from the Fire Department website.

PCF’s are an integral component of the Templeton Fire Department. They must be willing to work under adverse/dangerous conditions and devote their time and attention to the needs of the Fire Department and Community.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum Age 18
  • Possess a valid Class C California driver’s license
  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Possess valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card, or successfully complete the CPAT before a conditional offer will be made.
  • Graduation from an accredited fire academy, California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1 or San Luis Obispo County Paid Call Firefighter Academy certificate.
  • Possess current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Basic certification (EMT) certification with the ability to be accredited in San Luis Obispo County.
  • Successful completion of a medical physical exam and criminal back ground investigation.
  • The ability to fit in with our team of dynamic and highly motivated firefighters.
  • Ability to work a minimum two, 9 hour day shifts a month.
  • Willingness to work nighttime per diem shifts.
  • San Luis Obispo County residency is preferred, but not mandatory.

General Information

The Templeton Fire Department will begin collecting Letter of interest applications for Firefighters. A mandatory meeting has been scheduled for November 16 at the Templeton Fire Station, 206 5th Street, Templeton (time yet to be determined). The schedule below is subject to change.

The following information is to give the applicant a brief description of each step in the PCF hiring process. Additional information will be provided as the applicant progresses through the hiring process.

Application Review

Applications are reviewed to ensure that candidates meet the minimum requirements for the position. If a large number of applications are received, only a select number of candidates will be invited to the written and physical ability exam. Candidates are encouraged to submit an application package that is professional in appearance.

Physical Ability Test

Firefighting is a physically demanding job which is accomplished in difficult and dangerous environments. Firefighters must possess enough strength and cardiovascular stamina to accomplish their job without being a danger to themselves or others. This exam will be physically demanding and should only be attempted by individuals who are physically fit and without preexisting medical conditions that could jeopardize their well-being.

Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT)

The Candidate Physical Ability Test, administered by CFFJAC, measures the capabilities of firefighting recruits along eight job-specific areas. For a list of CPAT locations, visit

Oral Interview

Candidates passing the Written Exam and CPAT will be invited to participate in an oral panel interview process. Candidates will be asked to respond to a series of questions and scored according to their answers. Candidates must receive a minimum score of 70 percent in the oral interview to continue in the hiring process. Candidates invited to the interview are encouraged to dress professionally and present themselves in a manner which demonstrates the level of commitment to the position.


Application Period Ends: to be determined

Candidate Orientation / Practice Physical Ability will held onto be determined

Candidate Cognitive and Physical Ability Testing will held on:  to be determined

Oral Interviews will be held:  to be determined

Conditional Offer will be sent out on: to be determined

Medical Physical & Background Investigation: to be determined

Firefighter Candidate Orientation Dayto be determined


Conditional Offer

A select number of candidates who appear to be a good fit for our program will be given a conditional offer pending a clear medical exam, reference, and criminal background check. After these final areas have been cleared, the candidate will be invited to attend an all-day orientation where they will be issued personal protective equipment, uniforms and task books.

Pre-employment Drug Screening

Candidates offered and accepting employment shall be required to complete the pre-employment drug screening within 24 hours. The candidate must go to the drug screening provider selected by the District.

Personal Background Check

After passing the pre-employment drug screening, the candidate will undergo a personal background check. This check may involve reports from law enforcement agencies, Department of Motor Vehicles, past and present employers, personal references, etc.

Medical Physical Examination

Upon favorable results from the Personal Background Check, the candidate will receive a medical physical examination from a physician designated by the District.


For information or questions contact Captain/Recruitment Coordinator Tony Broom at

(805) 434-4912 or