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Newport Beach Firefighter/Paramedic

Job Information and Requirements

$88,584 - $130,880/yr + Medical and CalPERS retirement

Candidates with experience may start at a higher salary step depending on time on the job and experience. 


Join our team and have a rewarding career! 

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for people of character who will contribute to a positive-team atmosphere through a commitment to serving the Newport Beach community and supporting each other.

Our Commitment:

The Newport Beach Fire Department is committed to helping our employees achieve their goals through training and education.  Your health and wellness are also important and the NBFD supports employees through a physical wellness program and mental wellness supported through Counseling Team International.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED; and
  • 18 years old; and
  • Firefighter I; and

    The following meets this requirement:

    • Certification from the California Office of the Fire Marshal - State Fire Training; or
    • Proof of successful completion from a California Office of the Fire Marshal – State Fire Training Accredited Firefighter 1 Academy; or
    • IFSAC Firefighter I certified; or
    • Pro Board Firefighter 1 certified.
  • California EMT-Paramedic License; and
    • Candidates with a National Registry EMT-Paramedic License may submit an application along with verification they have applied for a California EMT-Paramedic License with the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).
  • Valid Driver’s License (must possess a California Driver’s License within 30 days of appointment); and
  • Valid Basic Life Support (CPR) for Healthcare Provider card; and
  • Copy of CPAT or Biddle PAT (Physical Ability Test) certification completed within 12 months of application date.


Hiring Process

  • Applications – This is the first step of the hiring process. All applications will be reviewed to ensure the candidate meets the minimum qualifications for the position. 
    • All qualified candidates will be invited to the “written test.”


  • Online exam
    • The top-scoring candidates will move on to the oral interview.


  • Oral Interview – This will be an in-person interview with Fire Captains of the Newport Beach Fire Department.
    • Candidates to pass the interview will move on to the ocean swim.


  • Ocean Swim –Newport Beach is a coastal community with over 47 miles of water frontage. The swim test is conducted to ensure candidates can operate safely in and around water. The test is conducted at the Newport Pier. Candidates will enter the water from a ramp at water level at the end of the pier and swim to shore. The distance is approximately 250 yards, depending on the tide. There is no time limit.
    • Candidates who complete the swim will be placed on an eligibility list that may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. 


The City of Newport Beach offers a generous compensation package:

  • Competitive Salary
  • CalPERS retirement
  • Medical Cafeteria Plan packages
  • Flex Leave
  • Other City Provided benefits and additional information is available on the Job Flyer

This position is represented by The Newport Beach Firefighters Association.

About the Newport Beach Fire Department:

The Newport Beach Fire Department provides fire protection, EMS, and life safety services to our community.  We protect a city of 85,000 residents that grows by more than 100,000 with summer tourism.  The NBFD prides itself on its ability to handle all types of emergencies within our city while still providing mutual aid to major incidents across the state.  Our Paramedics deliver “door to door” service that provides the highest quality medical care possible.

The city is protected daily by the Fire Operations Division which includes:

  • 8 Engine Companies
  • 2 Truck Companies
  • 4 Paramedic Ambulances
  • 1 Battalion Chief

All are staffed with full-time Firefighters and Firefighter/Paramedics who provide first rate service to the community.  

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