A firefighter pulls a piece of equipment from a fire truck
A firefighter carries a hose past a fire truck

The San Benito Fire Department is interested in recruiting fire fighters to assist the community with emergency situations such as:

  • Fires
  • Technical and water rescues
  • Medical emergencies
  • Hazardous material releases

Our fire fighter recruitments are done through the Civil Service department. Our eligibility list for job openings is updated yearly. Openings are posted on local news papers. Contact our Human Resources Department, in City Hall, with any questions.


In order to become a San Benito fire fighter you must meet the following criteria.

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Between 18 to 36 years of age
  • Pass urine exam
  • Pass department agility test
  • Pass background check


Firefighting is a technical field and requires a certain measure of education, strength, and stamina. It is recommended that prospective candidates prepare for the examination.

It is recommended you seek and use a preparation guide for the written examination. The test consists of Reading Comprehension, Basic Math and Algebra, and some "Common Sense" principles.

The Physical Agility portion is one of the more rigorous tests in the Valley. A person cannot be sedentary and expect to perform well. It is recommended that you exercise regularly, to include cardiovascular and strength training.