Become a Firefighter Trainee. Chula Vista Fire Department is currently accepting applications. Functions of a firefighter trainee include responding to fire and other emergency alarms; connecting and laying hose lines; assisting in operating nozzles and direct water stream and other extinguishing agents onto fires; positioning and climbing ladders to fight fires and effect rescue operations; making entry ventilation openings in buildings using hand and power tools; rendering emergency medical attention; assisting in rescue, overhaul, and salvage of buildings, cars, aircraft or other hazardous environments; performing structure and ground maintenance. At Firefighter trainee will also operate fire and rescue apparatus in training or relief of others; study fire department rules, regulations and procedures; attend drills, training and conferences; study firefighting techniques; learn about fire hazards and conduct community inspections; give demonstrations, classes and training to the public; may assist in conducting hydrant maintenance or routine inspections; may participate in physical fitness program; build and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, personnel from a wide range of outside agencies, other colleagues in the field, and the public; perform other duties related to this position. To be eligible for employment as a firefighter trainee, there are minimum qualifications that must be met by the candidate.A candidate must have a highschool diploma or GED. An associate’s degree in Fire Science/Technology is highly desirable. Candidates must possession of valid California or National Registry EMT at time of application, and for duration of employment. Along with an EMT license, candidates must also possession of valid Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certificate at the time of application, and for duration of employment. A candidate must have a valid California Class C Driver’s License, and his/her driving record must be in good standing at the time of appointment and during the course of employment. Candidates must prove their physical fitness and abilities by obtaining a valid CPAT certificate. It must be dated within six months of application deadline.These are the minimum requirements, but a candidate is able to distinguish themselves if they also have one of the following: their Firefighter I and/or Firefighter II certifications, County of San Diego EMT certification, and/or advanced cardiac life support card Fire Recruit.