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What do I need to qualify to apply for FIRE Foundry?

You must have your high school diploma (or a GED equivalent), be proficient in English, be 18 years or older, have proof of employment eligibility, and have an interest in a career in fire service.

When does the 2023 Cohort start? When do applications for the 2023 cohort close?

January 2023. We'll continue to review applications through November and will continue to accept recruits on a rolling basis.

Does the FIRE Foundry program require that I take the offered employment?

No, the employment is not required. However, the education component of the program is mandatory. You are required to volunteer, attend hands-on skills classes supported by Marin County Fire Dept., and take Fire Academy pre-requisites at College of Marin or be enrolled at a Fire Academy.

What if I don't know what classes I need?

No problem. Our teammates at College of Marin (CoM) have you covered. After you apply and enroll at College of Marin, you'll schedule an appointment or meet with a CoM counselor. They'll evaluate what pre-requisites you might already have fulfilled and help to decide wether you should jump into our spring course work or take other course work based on your individual needs.

What if I'm not sure about a career in fire service but am curious? Can I still apply?

FIRE Foundry provides opportunities to do station visits and work one on one with a firefighter mentor from Marin County. These experiences may help you to decide wether a career in fire service might be for you. You should still apply and ask questions during your interview to help you understand if the program is appropriate for you.

Do I have to be a Marin County resident to apply to FIRE Foundry 2023 cohort?

No, you do not. FIRE Foundry is a program focused on building a pipeline of qualified recruits to help diversify the hiring pool for Marin County Fire Department. Marin County residents will have priority when applying but applicants from outside of Marin County are still welcomed to apply.

What support or wrap-around services does FIRE Foundry provide?

Learn more about FIRE Foundry's support services on our about page by clicking here.

How can I support the FIRE Foundry?

We're always looking for volunteers and partners to work with. We know how important it is to connect with our community partners to provide our recruits a broad range of supports. Please get in touch and tell us about yourself and your organization by clicking here.

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