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Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department
Application Process for Volunteer Firefighters

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Phase 1 – The application
  • 1. Applications are available from the Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department or Gonzales City Hall. Complete two applications: Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department and City of Gonzales. Return applications to City Hall.
  • 2. An interview will be scheduled with the executive committee from the Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department.
  • 3. The executive committee will forward a recommendation to the Gonzales City Manager.

Phase 2 – The Conditional Offer
    The City Manager may make a conditional offer to the applicant for a position on the Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department. This offer will be conditioned on successful physical exam, drug test, background check, and a clean (less than 3 points) driving record.
    All volunteer firefighters are at will.
  • 1. The Gonzales Medical Group will perform the physical exam. The forms for the exam will be provided with the conditional offer of a position. The applicant will schedule the exam, Saturday and evening appointments may be available. The city will pay for this exam. Forms are to be returned to City Hall.
  • 2. The Gonzales Police Department will arrange the drug testing after successful completion of the physical exam. The City Manager, or assistant, will issue a control number to the applicant, call 675-5000. This control number will be given to the Police Chief, or designee, when a sample is provided. The applicant should call the Police Chief, 675-5010, and schedule the testing. The Police Chief can make arrangements after normal hours if necessary.
  • 3. The Gonzales Police Department will conduct a sufficient background investigation based on the Release of Information Agreement. This agreement MUST be notarized.
  • 4. The applicant shall provide to the city for review, a DMV printout of driving record, three points maximum on driving record must be maintained while a member of the Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department.
Phase 3 - Acceptance
  • 1. After results are received by the City Manager, the applicant will be notified.
  • 2. The Fire Chief may swear in the applicant as a probationary firefighter at the earliest convenience after all conditions are met.
  • 3. Probation will be a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 1 year.
  • 4. A probationary candidate may be terminated at any time without cause.
  • 5. After fulfilling the probationary requirements, the Fire Chief shall submit a written report to the City Manager for determination of successful probationary period.
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