Thank you for your interest in becoming a Los Angeles City Firefighter.
Congratulations to all Recruits that started the January 2014 Drill Tower. We wish you the best of luck!
Additional Drill Towers are being planned. Everyone else still in the selection process should continue to stay in shape and adhere to the Background Standards. Please keep looking out for upcoming prep programs and an updated fitness log - COMING SOON!
Over 13,000 applicants were scheduled for the written test in March 2013 and over 9,500 candidates took it. About 6,500 passed and were instructed to submit proof of a valid CPAT on April 22, beginning at 8:00 am. CPAT's are processed in the order they are received.
The candidates whose CPAT proofs were received in the first minute were the first to receive interviews. Those candidates who passed the interview and received a 95 or above have since moved on to the Background Investigation Appointment and will be moving into the Initial Panel Review of Qualifications phase. Some of the first group of candidates have already begun moving to Field Investigation, which is the next step. Processing times differ among candidates in the investigative phase of the process. Background Investigators will contact candidates whose time has arrived for their investigation to begin. All processing is based on the LAFD's hiring needs.
The remaining candidates who submitted a CPAT will be interviewed at a later date. In order to be as fair and objective as possible, we process the CPAT proofs in order, based on the time that they were received in Personnel (not the time they were sent). The number of future interviews will be scheduled based on the hiring needs of the LAFD. And, by hiring needs, we mean the number of Fire Academy classes that LAFD conducts over the next months and years, and the number of Recruits they hire for each of those classes.
In the meantime, we encourage all Firefighter candidates still in the process to GET LAFD READY NOW!! During the 20 weeks in the training academy, cadets will be subjected to high intensity training designed to simulate the strength and stamina required to execute LAFD standard operating procedures while wearing LAFD personal protective equipment and using LAFD tools and equipment. Cadets who are not physically fit or who are unaccustomed to working at such high exertion levels will struggle and potentially fail. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you begin your physical fitness training well in advance of entering the Fire Training Academy.
To be successful in the Training Academy, and on the job, it is extremely important to be physically fit. Being a firefighter is strenuous. So, get fit now! Stay in shape during the process and use the fitness log to help you prepare and to track your workouts.
Reminder: Candidates must possess a valid EMT certificate prior to appointment. A valid CPAT certificate is also required for appointment. Renewal may be necessary if your CPAT has expired since initial submission.
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About the LAFD
The LAFD is one of the best firefighting agencies in the world and has long set a standard of excellence for training and performance. The LAFD is a full-spectrum life safety agency protecting approximately 4 million people who live, work and play in America's second largest City.
The LAFD's 3,239 uniformed personnel protect life, property and the environment through their direct involvement in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education, and community service.
An equally committed non-sworn cadre of 336 professional support personnel provides technical and administrative expertise in their corresponding pursuit of the Department's Mission.
A total of 1,051 uniformed Firefighters (including 218 serving as Firefighter/Paramedics), are always on duty at Fire Department facilities citywide, including 106 Neighborhood Fire Stations strategically located across the Department's 470 square-mile jurisdiction.
Last year alone, the men and women of the LAFD responded 713,762 times to come to the aid of their neighbors in need.