Firefighter: Gainesville Florida Deadline: July 16, 2017


Deadline: July 16, 2017

Salary: $31,209.78 – $44,349.14 Annually

Job Description:

Testing services for the position of Certified Firefighter with the City of Gainesville/GFR is being offered through National Testing Network, Inc.  The City of Gainesville is currently building an ongoing eligibility list for future positions.

To be considered for the Certified Firefighter position YOU MUST SCHEDULE FOR TESTING at, select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR).

To be considered for a Firefighter position you must have at least a high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years of age at time of employment, have a valid driver’s license at time of appointment, a valid State of Florida Firefighter certification, a valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification or Paramedic certification. Previous experience is not required!

What to expect at the website:

  • Review information related to the GFR Firefighter position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Upon completion of the entry level exam and CPAT testing, successful candidates will be automatically forwarded to GFR for further consideration.


  • Multiple positions may be filled
  • An Eligibility List may be established

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace GFR’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. For testing inquires please contact NTN customer support services.

Nature of Work: This is a general firefighting work combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires and maintaining fire department equipment and quarters. 

Classification Standards: Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from higher classes by its lack of supervisory responsibility and from lower classes by its emphasis on firefighting.

Salary Information: Certified FF/EMT – $40,170.87

Benefit Information:  The City of Gainesville offers the following voluntary benefits –

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

The City of Gainesville has established and maintains two defined benefit pension plans for its employees. In addition to the City’s mandatory pension plan, employees can also contribute to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan or a ROTH IRA to build additional income for retirement. Also provided is a Retiree Health Savings (RHS) plan which serves as a tool to help employees save money for post-employment medical expenses.
For more information on Employee Benefits, visit our web site at:

Contact Information:
Chief Joseph Shawn Hillhouse

Department Information:  Gainesville Fire Rescue is a full service department that responds to EMS, Fire, HazMat, Technical Rescue, and Aircraft Firefighting Emergencies.

GFR is an accredited department by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. GFR has 9 Stations including 1 Airport Firefighting Station; 173 Personnel; including 21 Support-Administrative Personnel; 6 Engines, 2 towers, 1 Quint, 1 HazMat Unit, 2 medium Squads, 2 District Chiefs, 1 Air and Light Truck, 3 Aircraft Firefighting units. Total adopted budget for FY13 = $16 Million. Operates with an automatic aid agreement with Alachua County for closest unit response in an extended area around the City limits.

City Information:  That old real estate adage holds true: location, location, location. Gainesville is less than two hours from great beaches in St. Augustine, an hour to great sport fishing in Cedar Key, two hours to Orlando and all the theme parks, two hours to Tampa, five hours to Atlanta or Miami. We are like a small town with big city amenities. With just 300,000 people in our metro area (Gainesville and the surrounding cities and Alachua County) but yet we have world class institutions: University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College, and Shands at UF. Because of this we have a thriving restaurant scene, vibrant performing arts, and great sports. It is hard to argue with National Titles in Basketball and Football. Gainesville is dynamic and energetic. You can’t miss the energy of 70,000 college students. It makes for great night life and also adds to the flavor of the city. Whether it is a new play or new medical discovery, the possibilities are endless and that brings a sense of excitement. The tangible results could be the new Cancer and Genetics Research Complex, a new business in Progress Park or a new species discovered in a local fossil dig.

Diversity: not just a buzz word in a college class. In Gainesville the word diversity is proof that different cultures and people make for a great place to live. The University of Florida attracts a very diverse mix of faculty and students from around the world. In turn it creates an open and accepting place to live.

Population:  The population of Gainesville was estimated to be 125,365 in 2011. At the 2010 census there were 51,029 households, with 2.2 persons per household. Children under the age of 5 were 4.4% of the population, under 18 13.4%, and people 65 years or over were 8.3% of the population. 64.9% of the population was white, 23.0% black, 6.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indians and Alaska Natives, 0.1% Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, 1.9% some other race, and 2.9% reporting two or more race. 10.0% were Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 58.7% were non-Hispanic whites. 51.6% of the population is female.


Job Requirements

Age: 18

US Citizen: Yes

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid FLORIDA State Driver’s License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides compassionate care at the Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) level by creating and delivering responsible treatment and thorough documentation.
  • Responds to fire incidents and alarms with an engine or truck company. Lays and connects hose, serves as nozzle person, and performs interior fire attacks. Raises and climbs ladders. Uses water, carbon dioxide, and chemical extinguishing agents. Uses hydraulic tools, power tools, hand tools and other specialized equipment..
  • Makes forcible entry into building when necessary. Ventilates building to drive out smoke and gasses. Opens walls and other structures which impede effective firefighting, or to effect a rescue.
  • Assists in performing rescue operations in hazardous environments, and renders medical aid when needed.
  • Drives and operates ladder trucks, fire pumpers, and rescue trucks to and from incidents in response to emergencies.
  • Prepares for pumping operations by ensuring that hydrant connections are made. Uses varied hose connections to connect hose to pump, join hose sections, and connect hose to nozzles. Pumps water to fire at designated pressure. Watches condition of motor and unit during operation and makes necessary adjustments or reports defects to mechanic.
  • Prepares written and computerized reports after medical and fire incidents.
  • Makes periodic inspections of buildings, gasoline storage tanks, theaters, and other structures for compliance with fire prevention laws.
  • Performs pre-fire planning of target hazards within the community.
  • Performs fire safety and public education presentations as assigned.
  • Attends recertification classes in order to maintain required certifications.
  • Attends company training, drills, and classes on duty as directed.
  • Accesses fire station computers for report entry, electronic mail communications, department calendar updates, and various data entry and retrieval.
  • Attends work on a continuous and regular basis

Non-Essential Job Functions:

  • Receives fire alarms by telephone, radio, or industrial alarm systems and other public safety emergency calls. Ascertains nature of fire or emergency and its location, and dispatches by radio all necessary personnel and equipment to scene.
  • Performs general maintenance work of Fire Department property. Cleans and washes walls and floors. Makes minor repairs to property and equipment. Washes, cleans, polishes, and tests apparatus and related equipment.
  • May be required to transport, mix, handle or use hazardous materials (other than cans of gasoline, batteries, pumping fuel or access to normal janitorial cleaning materials) or may be responsible for facilities or equipment carrying current, fluids or gas that could endanger the public or other employees.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Necessary Certifications:

  • Must have a valid State of Florida Firefighter certificate of compliance at time of employment.
  • State of Florida EMT or Paramedic Certification
  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of employment.
  • Must have graduated from high school or possess an acceptable equivalency diploma.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Driver’s License from time of employment.
  • Municipal Fire Inspector certifications preferred.

Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers:
Not have been convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, as the term is defined by law. If an applicant has been convicted of a felony, such applicant must be in compliance with s.112.022(2)(b). If the sentence is suspended or adjudication is withheld in a felony charge involving moral turpitude and a period of probation is imposed, the applicant must have been released from probation.

No Tobacco Use Policy:
IAFF Article 14
Tobacco Use Prohibition
14.1 The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco products, particularly cigarettes, contribute to the development of a number of heart and lung diseases. The State of Florida enacted a presumptive law which treats certain conditions, such as heart disease, hardening of the arteries and hypertension as work related. Due to the documented effects of tobacco use and the special hazards and exposures associated with the occupation of firefighting, the City and Union agreed to the following:

  1. The City of Gainesville will hire firefighters only individuals who do not use tobacco products

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE

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