General Information
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
170 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park,

Monday to Thursday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Careers at Menlo Fire Protection District

Hiring Entry-Level Firefighters

APPLICATION PERIOD: 5/22/23-6/8/23



  • High School Diploma or equivalent 
  • Class C or higher US driver’s license (CA required by time of hire)
  • EMT or Paramedic License (National Registry or California)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
  • Valid CPAT dated after  7/1/2022 through 9/5/2023 (other physical agility tests may be accepted)
    • Upcoming tests:
      • Livermore: 5/19/23, 6/2/23
      • Sacramento: 5/25/23
      • South El Monte: 5/25/23, 6/8/23
  • Passing score on the NTN written exam dated after 7/1/2022 
    • Virtual testing options available daily
    • San Jose: 5/20/23
    • San Mateo City College: 6/10/23 (proctored by the District)
Process Tentative Timeline:
  • Application period- 5/22/23-6/8/23
  • Video based interviews- 6/20/23 All candidates meeting all minimum requirements will be invited to participate in our video based interviews. Candidates will be sent set questions and have 2 weeks to submit their videos online. No props or special backgrounds will be allowed.
  • In-person interviews- week of 8/7/23 Top candidates from the video-based interviews will be invited to panel interviews.
  • Chief's interview- between 8/21/23-9/1/23 Top candidates from the in-person interviews will be invited to interview with the Fire Chief. 
  • Conditional offers- sent 9/5/23
  • Backgrounds- conducted by a 3rd party for the next 6 weeks
  • Medical exams-  Candidates will be referred to Kaiser for physical exams
  • Final offers- sent 12/4/23
  • Registration for Academy- Candidates with final offers will register College of San Mateo for the Fire Academy


  • EMTs  $118,344—$141,907
  • Paramedics $131,317—$154,879
  • Ideal schedule: 48 hrs on, 96 hrs off
  • Six 48 hours shifts of paid time off per year
  • Family paid health coverage up to  $2375.72/month
  • Defined pension (CalPERS)
  • Retiree medical funds
  • Continuing education funds

Not ready to apply this year? Try one of our volunteer programs:  

Menlo Park Fire Explorer Program

 Menlo Park Fire Cadet Program

Human Resources Staff

MacDonald, Kristin  Human Resources Manager

Tram, Nicole Senior Payroll Analyst