Deadline: November 30, 2017
Salary: $30,867.20 – $37,252.80 Annually
PROOF OF REQUIRED CERTIFICATES MUST BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WITH REQUIRED CERTIFICATES ATTACHED WILL BE PROCESSED IN THE ORDER OF SUBMISSION.
Fire Recruits attend the Fire Academy where they attend classroom lectures and practice in subjects including fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical training, and state and local laws.
- After completion of the Fire Academy, Fire Recruits are promoted to Fire Fighter I and assigned to Fire Operations.
- Employees in the sworn Fire classifications of Fire Fighter I and higher may be eligible for additional compensation for specialized skills or assignments.
- Bilingual pay is provided to qualified fire fighters, if bilingual skills are required for the position.
- For additional information about being a City of San Diego Fire Fighter, go to www.joinSDFD.org.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
AGE: You must be 18 years of age.
EDUCATION: Graduation from high school OR passage of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) or General Education Development (GED) examination.
CITIZENSHIP: You must be a United States citizen or have the current legal right to work in the United States.
CERTIFICATE: You must have ALL of the following valid certificates:
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate or a Paramedic License issued ONLY by the State of California or by the National Registry (NREMT-Basic) or by an EMT or Paramedic certifying agency approved by the State of California.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Card (Healthcare Provider/BLS Provider equivalent or higher).
- A valid County of San Diego Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate or Paramedic License issued by the State of California and certified by the County of San Diego is required at the time of hire.
- A valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Card (Healthcare Provider/BLS Provider equivalent or higher) is required at the time of hire.
- A Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate is NOT qualifying.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of hire.
- Valid Paramedic License issued by the State of California or the National Registry or by a Paramedic certifying agency approved by the State of California.
- One year of experience working with the City of San Diego’s emergency medical service (EMS) transport service provider in the City of San Diego’s EMS system.
- California Fire Fighter I or Fire Fighter II Certificate indicating successful completion of a Fire Academy that meets the State of California Fire Service Training and Education System’s Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II certification standards or equivalent.
- Full-time paid experience as a fire fighter.
- Documented reserve or volunteer fire fighting experience.
- Service in the United States Armed Forces.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (MUST SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION):
- Proof of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT or NREMT-Basic) Certificate or Paramedic License.
- Proof of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Card (Healthcare Provider/BLS Provider equivalent or higher).
Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue – Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.
SCREENING PROCESS:The screening process will consist of the following components:
1. APPLICATION REVIEW: Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.
2. STUDY GUIDE: The Study Guide contains material that MUST be studied and learned for the written test. Only those candidates whose applications have been approved will receive a Written Test Appointment Notice with instructions on how to secure a Study Guide link.
3. WRITTEN TEST: The written test will be based on materials found in the Study Guide and may include, but is not limited to, the following factors: Recall and Comprehension of Verbal and Visual Information, Mechanical Reasoning, Mathematical Problems, and Recall and Comprehension of Technical Information from Written Materials. No prior knowledge of fire fighting is necessary to take the written test. This test will be administered March 2018.
- Written test weight……100%
Test Date: Approved applicants will be notified regarding the specific dates, times and location. Applicants must have a Written Test Appointment Notice in order to be admitted to the test.
Candidates who pass the written test will be placed on an eligible list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next one year. For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.
4. PHYSICAL ABILITY EXAM: The City of San Diego Physical Ability Exam (PAE) will be administered ONLY to candidates admitted to the final step of the selection process. More detailed information regarding the PAE, including the dates, time and location will be provided at a later date. Candidates must pass the PAE in order to be considered for employment as a Fire Recruit.
- Candidates who have a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification, which is valid at the time of hire, from a testing center using the standardized test developed and validated by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), may waive the City of San Diego PAE.
- Candidates who wish to waive the City of San Diego PAE must possess a valid CPAT certification on the first day of the fire academy.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:WELLNESS EVALUATION: As part of the Fire-Rescue Department’s selection process, candidates will be required to participate in a Wellness Evaluation. Only those candidates demonstrating excellent physical fitness commensurate with the physical demands of firefighting will be considered.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Applicants must notify the Personnel Department of any changes in their name, address (home, email), or phone number or they may miss employment opportunities.
Vision Requirements for Fire Recruit Candidates
1. Prior to being hired or offered employment, applicants must pass every aspect of a comprehensive medical examination and review of their medical history. Every medical standard must be met before an applicant will be approved by the City’s examining physician. Vision standards are of no more importance than any other medical standard, but are given explanation because of new technology.
2. Your visual acuity must be 20/20 corrected or uncorrected, both eyes together. If your vision needs correction to 20/20, it must be corrected with eyeglasses at the time of the preplacement medical examination given by the City of San Diego. You will need to take your eyeglasses with you to the medical examination appointment.
3. In addition to meeting the requirements in number 2 above, if your vision needs correction to 20/20, you may choose to wear soft contact lenses. If you plan to wear soft contact lenses on the job, take your lenses with you to the medical examination appointment.
Hard contact lenses, including those known as semi-soft, semi-rigid, semi-permeable, gas permeable and similar lenses are not acceptable. Orthokeratology lenses are also not acceptable.
If you choose to wear soft contact lenses, you will be asked to present satisfactory medical evidence from your private optometrist or ophthalmologist documenting that you currently are a successful wearer of these lenses. Such documentation must also indicate if you have any medical contraindications to wearing soft contact lenses. We will request this information from you following the medical examination given by the City.
4. (a) If you have undergone any type of refractive vision surgery (or “touch up” surgery) such as Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), radial keratectomy (RK), or photo refractive keratectomy (PRK), a year or longer prior to being medically considered for a Fire Recruit or Fire Fighter position, you must be substantially free of vision problems such as impaired vision at night or under dim lighting conditions, sensitivity to glare, starbursts experienced around light sources such as street lights or headlights, hazing or blurring of vision, eye irritation and pain, progressive regression of visual acuity, and daily changes in visual acuity. Your vision must be 20/20 both eyes together. If it is not, it must be corrected to 20/20 both eyes together in accordance with the requirements in number 2 or 3 above.
You will be asked to submit the results of a recent eye examination from your private ophthalmologist documenting the status of your vision. We will request this information from you following the medical examination given by the City.
(b) If you have undergone any type of refractive vision surgery (or “touch up” surgery) within less than a year of being medically considered for a Fire Recruit or Fire Fighter position, you may be hired on a conditional basis if you successfully complete a City-provided vision examination prior to hire and at periodic intervals thereafter until one year has elapsed from the date of the last vision surgery or “touch up” surgery. You must be substantially free of the vision problems outlined in paragraph 4(a) above. Your vision must be 20/20 both eyes together. If it is not, it must be corrected to 20/20 both eyes together in accordance with the requirements in number 2 or 3 above.
5. In all cases, you need to have binocular vision (vision in both eyes), normal visual fields, normal binocular fusion, and freedom from other visual conditions that would interfere with your ability to perform the full range of duties of a Fire Fighter with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
6. In all cases, you need an acceptable level of color vision. This is determined at the time of the medical examination given by the City using standardized color vision tests.
- The contents of this announcement are for the general information of candidates. They do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Final determination of a candidate’s medical suitability for employment is determined at the time of the medical examination.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.