Career Expos Draw Hundreds of Candidates Across California

This year, hundreds of candidates looking to launch a career in the fire service were given the opportunity to learn more about the everyday rewards and challenges that comes with fire service at a series of career expos hosted by the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC).

The expos, which were held at four locations across California, gave fire department recruiters the opportunity to meet with qualified applicants with a strong interested in the fire service. This year’s expos were held at the Firefighter Candidate Testing Centers in Livermore, Sacramento, Orange and San Diego. 

Throughout the day, candidates were given the opportunity to try their hand at the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), which measures the capabilities of firefighting recruits along eight job-specific areas. Candidates also met with recruiters, were given an idea of what to expect on the written test and had the opportunity to find out more about “A Day in the Life of a Firefighter.” 

Sponsored by the Cal-JAC’s Commission to Recruit Women for the Fire Service, the expos drew prospects from local high schools and community colleges who previously thought a career in the fire service was out of reach.

“We want women to understand that this is a great career path,” said Melissa Mohilla, a firefighter with the San Diego Federal Fire Department and member of the Cal-JAC’s Women’s Commission. “The profession needs people with drive, determination and ability. If you have what it takes, nothing should stand in your way.”

“Firefighting is a rewarding and demanding profession, but it’s not for everybody,” said Cal-JAC Chair Dan Terry. “Young people who think they’ve ‘got what it takes,’ can take the first steps by attending.”