Paid Call Program

About the Program

In addition to full-time professional firefighting personnel, Central Fire Protection District also utilizes a staff of Paid Call Firefighters on an as-needed basis to increase and supplement staffing when community needs require. 

Paid Call Firefighters work under the leadership of full-time professional firefighting personnel and receive on-going training to meet and maintain established minimum standards of physical fitness, personal discipline, training and emergency response.  Accepting an appointment as a Paid Call Firefighter is the acceptance of responsibility to serve as a Firefighter of the Fire District and expresses a commitment to meet and maintain the minimum standards required by any Firefighter serving in the State of California.  

Paid Call Firefighters provide fire protection, emergency medical service, hazardous materials responses and other services to the communities of Capitola, Live Oak and Soquel.  Each individual should take pride in the services they provide to their Community and should strive to perform at the highest level of proficiency and professionalism. 

Abilities, Education & Minimum Requirements 

Effective communication skills, situational awareness of personal safety and the safety of others, and professionalism both on and off the job, are requirements of individuals who seek any level of employment with Central Fire Protection District, including Paid Call Firefighters.  Candidates applying for the District’s Paid Call Firefighter Program must meet additional minimum requirements, including:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a valid California Class C Driver's License and be "insurable" per the District's insurance carrier's requirements
  • Provide proof of citizenship or proof of either lawful admission for permanent residence or authorization for such permanent work by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
  • Reside in the District Response Zone, and provide proof of residency 
  • Must be able to respond to emergency calls, and attend weekday drills and training sessions.  (Drills are held Tuesday evenings, and PCF’s are required to attend a minimum of 50% of these drills to continue with the program.  PCF’s must attend at least 25% of designated emergency calls.  These are minimum requirements; higher attendance is preferable.)
  • Possess proof of current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification by the date of the written test (CPATs must not be older than 12 months from application date).  For CPAT scheduling information, contact CFFJAC at (877) 648-2728, e-mail them at, or visit their website. 
  • Pass one or more written examinations.
  • Pass physical agility tests.
  • Pass one or more oral interviews.

​Get More Information

To get more information about our Paid Call Firefighter program, you may contact Captain Jacek Kokot at  You may also sign up for our Paid Call Firefighter mailing list to receive notifications and news about upcoming opportunities in our Paid Call Firefighter program.