Do you have to go to a fire academy to get hired?
Yes. You must have attended a fire academy and a CA state FF I Certification or equivalent FF Academy is required to be hired here at MFD.
Do you have to be a paramedic to work for MFD?
No. Although we do have paramedics on duty all the time, you can be an EMT to work here. There is a paramedic at each station and the rest of the crew are EMTS.
Do you guys go on wildland fires?
Yes, we go on wildland fires all the time during the year. It has become a very large part of our job and we are constantly training/learning to improve our knowledge of wildland fires.
How do you maintain your equipment and vehicles?
We perform daily and weekly checks on them ranging from checking fluids and tire pressures to pulling off equipment and making sure everything operates properly. Each first out apparatus gets wiped down daily to maintain a clean fleet.
About skillsets: How do the shift personnel get chosen and grouped together?
Shifts are comprised of one Battalion Chief, two Captains, two Engineers, three Firefighter Paramedics, and three Firefighter EMT’s. The department tries to spread out different experience amongst the shifts. Each person has a different background and skillset they bring to the department. These backgrounds are taken into account and shifts are grouped together to encompass the best variety of strengths possible.
What kinds of continuing training do you engage in?
We train on everything. Each month typically covers a different discipline. It ranges from ladder training to hose training, EMS skills, Hazmat training, and everything in between.