Minimum Training Requirements for PCF Employment

Training Hours

  • Fire Station Orientation - 4 hours
  • Medical First Responder - 48 hours
    • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
    • Blood Borne Pathogens Sudden
    • Infant Death Syndrome
  • Automatic External Defibrillator - 4 hours
  • First Responder Hazardous Materials - 20 hours
  • Basic skills - 54 hours
    • Structure
    • Wildland
  • Confined Space Awareness - 4 hours
  • Total Hours - 134 hours
Once this training is completed, PCFs can respond to calls. In subsequent years a PCF required to have 36 hours training every year, of which 20 hours is paid training.

PCF Wages

A PCF earns $9.47 an hour, and earns a minimum of one hour’s wages for each call responded to. Any earnings of more than one hour is based on the actual duration of the response.

PCFs are paid by Merced County every three months.