San Gabriel fire hires new firefighters, paramedics

The San Gabriel Fire Department is happy to welcome four new members to the fire family:

From left to right: Jacob Gustafson, Michael Rebolledo, Greg Kernodle and Shane Salazar

Jacob Gustafson

Jacob comes to us from Cal Fire and was serving the City of Yucaipa. He is originally from Twain Harte, California, which is located north of Yosemite. Jacob first began his firefighting career ten years ago with the U.S. Forest Service. Afterwards, he transferred to Cal Fire and has been a paramedic for 5 years before joining the San Gabriel Fire Department.

Michael Rebolledo

Michael is originally from San Jose, California, and he began his fire career with Cal Fire in Palm Desert, eventually becoming a paramedic before transferring to San Gabriel.

Greg Kernodle

Originally from Malibu, California, Greg previously worked for the Long Beach Fire Department. He was a former Auxiliary Firefighter for the San Gabriel Department before coming to San Gabriel full time. Greg has been a licensed paramedic in Los Angeles County for two years.

Shane Salazar

Also coming to us from Cal Fire, Shane previously served the City of Desert Hot Springs. He has been a paramedic for just over a year.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become a firefighter/paramedic for the department, here’s what it takes:

Certificate of completion from fire academy accredited by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office

  • The fire academy consists of over 900 hours of training in fire suppression, ladder evolutions, personal protective equipment along with tools and equipment. Academy students also receive training in incident command systems, river and flood rescues, hazardous material situations, basic wild land rescues, vehicle extrication, safety and survival, confined space awareness and weapons of mass destruction.

Completion of the National Testing Network entrance exam

  • This exam includes a human relations test, an aptitude test, a math test and a reading ability test designed for firefighters

Passage of a Biddle-validated physical ability test

  • This tests the physical ability of an individual in relation to their firefighting capabilities

A valid California EMT-P license

  • Perhaps the most challenging requirement, the EMT-P license includes 160 hours of didactic and skills and 24 hours of a clinical internship. In addition, a EMT-P license holder must have been an EMT-1 (or basic) license holder for a minimum of six months or 960 hours. This amounts to a total of 184 hours of medical instruction
  • Paramedic schools range from six months of full-time instruction to one year of part time instruction. Participants receive 450 hours of lecture and lab instruction of advanced medical care, 160 hours of a hospital internship where their new skills are put to the test, and a minimum of 480 hours of a field internship with an option to extend this to an additional 240 hours
    • Paramedic schools teach students how to intubate (or how to insert a breathing tube) and defibrillate (or how to shock the heart while it’s in a lethal rhythm). This is in addition to memorizing 22 life saving emergency drugs and medications.

If you think you have what it takes, apply today! Be sure to also keep up-to-date with the SGFD on our Facebook page.