FIREHIRE is now the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC)!

The Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) is your new one-stop resource for written and physical ability testing for firefighter candidates and fire departments. Operated by the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC), FCTC combines rigorous, validated written testing with the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The CFFJAC’s three decades of experience in fire service recruitment, testing and training gives FCTC the tools to offer high-quality, relevant testing that will make it easier to match qualified candidates with the agencies that need them.

Firefighter Consortium Testing

Firefighter Jobs in CaliforniaFCTC is a service that helps match potential firefighter candidates to firefighter job openings. We administer entry-level firefighter written exams for firefighter candidates, under contract with various fire departments and agencies. The agency then receives an updated list of candidates who meet the agency's individual hiring critera, such as EMT or Paramedic certification, minimum education standards, geographic location, and other qualifications. FCTC manages these lists and maintains an accurate, up-to-date list of qualified firefighter candidates, reducing the time commitment and cost of hiring for fire agencies.

Written Exam

Please read your invitation letter thoroughly. Please DO NOT bring any personal items. This includes pens, pencils, backpacks, study material, etc. The items required to participate in the examination will be provided. Please DO NOT bring any food or drink, as they WILL NOT be allowed at the test site. Please leave your pagers and/or cell phones in your vehicle. You will not be required to possess your invitation letter, but you will have to have a valid drivers license available upon sign-in.

Please DO NOT show up late, because you WILL NOT be admitted under any circumstances once the doors to the examination site are closed.

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Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), administered by the CFFJAC, measures the capabilities of firefighting recruits. For more information, click here. When submitting a copy of your CPAT card, it must submitted on or before the written examination date and must not be more than a year old from the date of the written exam. CFFJAC offers CPAT testing in the following locations: Livermore, Sacramento and Orange, California.

ALS Assessment Center

If you are a Paramedic or a Paramedic student who has completed their clinicals, has a guaranteed "ride" for their internship and you have not participated in the ALS Assessment Center phase of the examination, you will be able to complete the ALS Assessment the same day you complete your written exam.


FCTC reserves the right to add or delete testing dates due to candidate participation.

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