Fire Career

A Message from Stockton Fire Chief Erik Newman

At the very end of my senior year in college, I went to watch the women’s softball team play. As I sat in the stands, I kept hearing people around me, “Hey, Chief…How’s it goin,’ Chief…Good to see you, Chief.” Finally, I turned and said to the guy behind me, “What are you the chief of and why is everyone calling you 'Chief'?”


The gentleman said he was the Chief of a local Fire Department. But he didn’t stop there. He asked me if I was interested in becoming a fire fighter and would I like to go on a “ride-along.” That immediately got my attention. A total stranger was taking an interest in me at a time in my life when I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing after graduation. I had no background our coursework in fighting fires. From that first tour with the Chief, I knew I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.


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Team Atmosphere, Challenging Work

The team atmosphere, the challenging work, service to the community, and opportunities for learning and developing new skills is still exciting and rewarding, even after all these years.  A lot of people don’t know what it really takes to be a fire fighter – it takes courage and commitment. 


We’ll teach you what you need to know, to develop the knowledge, skills, and techniques. If you’re interested or just curious about fire fighting careers, qualifications,and opportunities, we’d like to work with you, just like the Chief who guided me and the many mentors I have had through the years.


The Stockton Fire Department is 220 strong. We've been fighting fires in this community since 1850. It doesn’t take brute strength. All that we ask is you stay committed to the process, and we’ll help you with the rest. My story, about someone who took the time to mentor me, is just one example. Members of the Stockton Fire Department are willing to share even more stories with you.


To learn more about becoming a fire fighter, stop by your neighborhood fire station and ask questions, give us a call at (209) 937-5172, or email us at We want to hear from you!



External Links

Video "You, Too, Can Become a Stockton Fire Fighter!" - 60 seconds (YouTube)

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 4/11/2018