Firefighter: Glendale California Deadline January 15, 2016

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Deadline: January 15, 2016

Salary: $5,926.00 Monthly

Job Description:

A non-sworn trainee position that receives paramedic training and basic instruction in the areas of firefighter work in the protection of life and property.

Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:

Advances and extends hoses.

Performs straight/natural, reverse and multiple hose lays.

Loads hoses.

Connects/disconnects fire hoses to fire protection equipment, such as fire hydrants, sprinkler and standpipe systems or fire apparatus.

Operates nozzles.

Shuts off and turns on fire hydrants.

Carries ladders.

Climbs up or down ladders.

Raises or lowers and positions ladders.

Carries equipment, tools and hose lines up or down ladders.

Performs lock-in procedures to ladders.

Ties specific knots used in various firefighting rescue operations.

Uses self-contained breathing apparatus.

Participates in on-the-job training both in the classroom and on the drill field; this includes paramedic training and basic instruction in the areas of firefighter work

Participates in physical fitness programs.

Conducts public education on fire safety and life safety.

Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of ethical standards.

May drive on City business as necessary.

Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of this position are performed in a safe, efficient manner.

Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.

 Minimum Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

A foreign language used by any large segment of the residents of the community is desirable.

City geography and street layout.

Mathematical computations such as averages, percentages and fractions.

Knowledge of and skill in:

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) procedures and equipment.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) practices and procedures.

Exceptional customer service practices.

Skill in:

Applying common sense and logic in decision making.

Ability to:

Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.

Correct misunderstandings.

Develop necessary skills from on-the-job training and meet standards of performance for the classification by the end of the recruit period.

Establish and maintain smooth working relationships, and resolve interpersonal conflicts.

Foster a teamwork environment.

Lift Fire Department equipment in a safe manner.

Listen carefully to understand others.

Maintain physical activity over long periods of time.

Model and practice the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Perform basic research.

Read, write and comprehend directions and training materials in English.

Work at heights and in confined spaces.

Other Characteristics

Willingness to:

Applicants must be of good moral character.

Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.

Work overtime as requested.

Work outside in all kinds of weather.

Age Requirement

Must be 18 years of age at time of appointment.


A minimum of six months of actual and recent (within two years) EMT experience is required at the time of appointment (approximately July 2016). This only applies to applicants who do not possess a valid State of California Paramedic License. 


Completion of a certified EMT or Paramedic program is required.

Graduation from high school or attainment of GED or CHSPE certificate is required.

An Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree in a related field is desirable. Candidates who possess an AA Degree/CA State Fire Officer Certification or a higher degree may be eligible to receive educational/career development incentive pay ($200-$300/month).


Valid  State of California EMT Certification issued by an approved State Certifying entity at the time of application is required.  NOTE:  A valid State of California Paramedic License may substitute for the EMT certification; however, the National Registry will not be accepted in lieu of the EMT certification/Paramedic License.  You MUST attach a copy of the Certification/License to your application.

Valid Basic Life Support (BLS) level Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card is required at the time of application. You MUST attach a copy of the card to your application.

Valid California Class C driver’s license with an acceptable driving history is required. NOTE: All Firefighters must possess a driver’s license which meets State and Department requirements for driving all emergency fire apparatus by the end of probation. 

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a Firefighter Level 1 Academy or equivalent.

Possession of a Paramedic license.

Bilingual abilities in languages spoken in the community.


U.S. Citizenship or a permanent alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to final filing date.

Special Note

Appointees to the Glendale Fire Department will remain as non-sworn probationary Firefighter Recruits throughout the academy training period.  Such employees serve on an “at-will” basis for the duration of the training academy and while on probation.  Please note that the academy training period includes the traditional firefighter training (basic instruction in the areas of firefighter work) AND paramedic training; however, the training academy for candidates who possess a valid State of California Paramedic License, when entering the Glendale Fire Academy, will only consist of the traditional firefighter training as noted.

Upon successful graduation from the training academy, Firefighter Recruits will be placed in the classification of Firefighter/Paramedic A, a sworn position, which functions both as a Firefighter and a Paramedic and has a one-year probationary period.  As such, appointees who are unable to meet the standards of a Firefighter and a Paramedic will be subject to termination during the probationary period.

The salary range for Firefighter/Paramedic A (first 12 months functioning as a Paramedic with the City of Glendale) is $6,959 – $8,882 per month. The salary range for Firefighter/Paramedic B (13th month functioning as a Paramedic with the City of Glendale and thereafter) is $7,533 – $9,433 per month).   The respective salaries include the applicable PERS contribution. The starting salary step as a Firefighter/Paramedic may depend upon the candidate’s qualifications and experience (i.e laterals).

Special Condition

TATTOO POLICY: Unless otherwise exempted, no employee of the GFD shall have any “visible” tattoos or other skin markings. Tattoos, or other skin markings, shall be covered while on duty with a long-sleeved uniform shirt, long-sleeved work t-shirt, work pants, sweat pants or a tattoo wrap/sleeve (100% cotton-NFPA compliant) approved by the Department. Cosmetic tattoos on the face (e.g. eye brows, eye liner, and lip liner) and wedding band tattoos on the ring finger will be reviewed by the Fire Chief on a case by case basis. Marks or scars from injuries or medical procedures are exempt from these policy restrictions. For further information regarding this policy, please contact Human Resources at (818) 548-2110.

Medical Standards/Non-Smoking Requirement

Upon being offered employment, candidates must pass a pre-placement medical examination, which includes a drug and alcohol screening, as well as a psychological examination.  Candidates selected for the Glendale Fire Department must meet medical standards in compliance with National Fire Protection Association 1582 Standards on Medical Requirements for Firefighters, adopted by the City of Glendale Civil Service Commission.  Newly hired employees selected for the Glendale Fire Department for this position will be required to sign a condition of employment statement that they do not smoke nor use tobacco products.


An equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements.

 Selection Process:

EVALUATION OF APPLICATION: Submitted Firefighter Recruit Application will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the minimum requirements.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION: Administered to determine the extent to which applicants are capable of developing the skills, knowledge and ability to succeed on the job. The study guide for the written examination may be obtained through Fire & Police Selection Inc. (FPSI).  For further information, and to order the 11th Edition of the Test Preparation Manual, please visit  The written exam is tentatively scheduled to take place during the week of February 8, 2016.

ORAL INTERVIEW EXAMINATION: Administered to evaluate the applicants’ experience, education and personal fitness for the position.  The oral exam is tentatively scheduled to take place during the week of March 7, 2016.  

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE (BIDDLE TEST): Evaluates the candidates’ ability to perform the physical aspects of firefighting.  Candidates must successfully pass the Biddle Test between the dates of January 1, 2016 and March 6, 2016 and must present a valid certificate of successful completion of the Biddle Test at the oral interview exam. Failure to do so will preclude you from participating in the further stages of the recruitment process.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted on all finalists, which will review and verify personal history including, but not limited to, financial responsibility, criminal history, drug use history, driving record, and verification of application materials. Significant issues or omissions in the above-stated areas may be grounds for disqualification. Background investigation will include a polygraph.

EXAMINATION WEIGHTING: Evaluation – qualifying, Written – pass/fail, Oral – 100%, Physical – pass/fail, Background Investigation – pass/fail.


TIME AND PLACE OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED. The City of Glendale conforms with State and Federal obligations to make reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities. The Human Resources Department asks that it be advised of special needs at least five days prior to the first test part so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Glendale requires that all new employees provide documentation to establish both work authorization and identity.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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