Fire Recruit is a training-level classification used while participating in the Sacramento Regional Fire Academy. Incumbents undergo a formal training program in the Academy where they receive basic training in firefighting methods, equipment operation, emergency medical services, and physical fitness. Additional training may include EVOC, rescue systems, swift water rescue, river & flood water awareness, and auto extrication. This Academy must be completed even if similar training has been completed elsewhere. Upon successful completion of training and graduation from the Academy, a Fire Recruit is eligible for probationary appointment to Firefighter.
Firefighters are sworn to protect life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires as well as performing emergency medical assistance. The majority of their time is spent on medical emergency and non-emergency situations. Firefighters generally work a 48/96 work schedule with an average workweek of 56 hours; however, some assignments may require 8-hour days with an average workweek of 40 hours.