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Employment Opportunities in the Fire Service

The Novato Fire District offers an excellent work environment with state of the art equipment and facilities, We value and support the training and education of our personnel and have an established Career Development Guide (CDG).  The CDG assists our personnel in establishing a training and education path, enabling them to increase their responsibility, be promoted through the ranks, earn higher salaries, and ultimately grow to their full potential.

The District experiences a moderate call volume, leaving ample time for training in the areas of EMS; Structure and Wildland Fire Suppression; Public Education; Fire Prevention; Disaster Preparedness; Hazardous Materials; Rescue Systems; Confined Space; and more. Our response area is a combination of urban, sub-urban and rural. We have a very significant wildland interface area and often use CDF aircraft and other resources to assist in combating wildland fires. Members of our department participate on the Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team, the Marin County Hazardous Materials Response Team, the Marin County Fire Investigation Team, and State and Federal Major Incident Management Teams.

As an organization created to serve the public, we have developed a strong focus on customer service by empowering our personnel with the tools to always do what’s best for our citizens. Our mission is “To Care For, Protect, and Serve Our Communities” and we take our mission very seriously.

If you are looking for more than a job, consider a career with the Novato Fire Protection District. We set our standards high and the work is challenging.  If you are up for the challenge we  may be a fit for you.

Living and Working Conditions

District staffing for is organized into three shifts: A shift, B shift and C shift, and works a 48/96 schedule. The Administrative Office operates Monday through Friday from 8:00pm to 5:00pm.  The office is closed in observance of 12 holidays per year.

Firefighters may be called back to work during unusual and/or catastrophic events such as major fires, earthquakes, floods or other disasters. Novato Fire District personnel often respond to fires and other incidents throughout the State of California under one of the States Mutual Aid Plans. The Novato Fire Stations are our firefighter’s home-away-from-home. Firefighters live and work together functioning as both a "family" and a TEAM! A typical day includes equipment maintenance, personal physical fitness, station maintenance, training, report writing, public education, fire prevention and emergency response.

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NFD takes great pride in helping students attain their goals in EMS and Fire Technology careers. We are proud to be in a position to serve our communities through education from CPR, First Aid, First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician training within the District and through local college programs

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