Ventura City Firefighters
The Ventura City Fire Department has 3 divisions: Administration, Operations and Fire Prevention. We respond to brush and structure fires, emergency medical incidents, hazardous materials incidents, and water rescue operations.
The Operations Division is comprised of six fire stations and strives to maintain an average response time of five minutes to emergencies within the City.
The standard emergency response unit within the Fire Department is the Paramedic Engine Company. This company consists of a Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter/Paramedic. The Captain supervises and directs all emergency operations. The Engineer is responsible for the safe operation of the apparatus and all equipment on board. The Firefighter/Paramedic completes firefighting tasks as directed by the Captain and provides advanced life support measures.
The Paramedic Truck Company is a specialized emergency response unit. The truck company performs specific operations including forcible entry and the use of rescue extrication tools, such as the “Jaws of Life”, to help free trapped vehicle accident victims. The Captain, Engineer and two Firefighter/ Paramedics are also trained to operate in confined spaces and in high angle situations such as a cliff side rescue. The Paramedic Truck Company also provides support to the engine companies at fires and can utilize the aerial ladder to perform victim rescues or apply additional water.
Firefighting is a challenging job. Emergency calls may consist of brush fires, structure fires, automobile accidents, and life-threatening medical emergencies. In addition, firefighting is physically demanding. Firefighters are often required to carry various types of equipment in addition to approximately 50 pounds of personal protective gear.
Ventura City Firefighters are assigned to a station while on duty and work 24-hour shifts. The Firefighters work diligently at maintaining their operational skills through constant training when not responding to emergencies. They are responsible for the routine mechanical maintenance of all department vehicles, as well as the upkeep of the fire stations and surrounding grounds.
Realizing the need to improve our Wellness Program and replace outdated fitness equipment, the Ventura City Fire Department teamed up with Risk Management and Performance Therapy Center of Camarillo to increase the health and safety of our firefighters. All sworn personnel received a baseline assessment and custom tailored fitness program to safely meet the rigorous physical requirements of the firefighter profession. During the first six months of this year, fire stations took delivery of necessary strength and aerobic fitness equipment to facilitate the targeted, job-related wellness workouts. We would like to thank the following companies for their generous cash donations:
The following are brief descriptions of the firefighter positions within the department:
Firefighter Paramedic Lateral:
Under supervision performs emergency medical services as a certified paramedic and performs the full scope of fire service duties including fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials operations, station and equipment maintenance, fire prevention, public education and related duties. This is the fully trained journey-level class.
Successful applicants undergo a 14-week fire academy and departmental training program that covers fire service operations, regulations, procedures, firefighting techniques, physical fitness, and other related duties. This is a non-sworn, non-safety, at-will position. Subsequent appointment to the sworn Trainee classification is based on Academy performance, evaluations, and possession of required certifications. Firefighter/Paramedic Recruits are assigned to a 40-hour workweek schedule.
Upon appointment to this classification, Firefighter/Paramedic Trainees are assigned to a 56-hour workweek schedule (24-hour shifts including weekends and holidays) and serve a 12-month probationary period. Trainees provide emergency medical services as licensed paramedics and perform fire service duties. Employees successfully completing the 12-month probationary period advance to the Firefighter/Paramedic classification performing the full range of journey level firefighter/paramedic duties.