City and Job Overview
The City of Garden Grove is a positive, team-oriented organization with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to its community. Garden Grove is a friendly city, rich in diversity. If you would enjoy a busy, positive work environment and the chance to contribute to the quality of life for a whole community, this may be the right fit for you!
About The Department
Garden Grove Fire Department provides fire prevention, suppression, emergency medical service, hazardous materials release mitigation, and disaster preparedness coordination for a highly diverse city population of over 171,000. We have seven (7) stations, with seven (7) engines, one (1) truck company, one (1) paramedic squad, and one (1) battalion commander on duty each day. The Department responds to over 12,000 calls per year.
When open, the position can be filled at either the Fire Protection Specialist or Fire Prevention Technician level, depending upon the qualifications of the candidate selected for the position.
What It Takes To Become A Fire Protection Specialist or Fire Prevention Technician
Fire Prevention Specialist and Fire Prevention Technician candidates go through extensive training to be qualified for the Garden Grove Fire Department Fire Prevention Specialist or Fire Prevention Technician Recruitment. Some of the requirements include fire inspector or fire prevention certifications through the California State Fire Marshal, two years (minimum of 60 semester units) of college-level course work or the equivalent in Fire Science, Public Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, or a related field, and experience in fire inspection, prevention, or related experience. The following steps are what it takes to be eligible.
Generally, the first steps towards obtaining certifications and formal related education is to enroll in a college or school that has a fire prevention program. Here are some of the local schools that conduct fire inspector courses or have a degree program:
You can also find other certification course offerings through the California State Fire Marshal website.
Once you have begun or completed your fire inspector certification courses or fire prevention degree courses, the next step is to gain experience in fire inspection and prevention. These are a few of the agencies that have a volunteer fire prevention intern program: