Firefighter-Lateral: Avondale Arizona Deadline November 23, 2015

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Deadline: November 23, 2015

Salary: $15.12 per hour

Job Description:

The City of Avondale is establishing an eligibility list for full-time lateral Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic to fill an immediate vacancy and potential future vacancies.

The Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic protects life and property through emergency incident intervention; provides advanced life support emergency medial service; conducts community service activities including community education, commercial inspection, and code enforcement; ensure readiness through facility, apparatus, equipment, and personal maintenance; performs general administrative functions; and completes special projects or tasks which further the organizational mission.

Essential Functions:

  • This is a full-time/lateral position and only current full-time Firefighters/EMTs/Paramedics meeting the requirements set forth below will be considered. The position includes an attractive benefit package, including specialty pay for paramedic and TRT certification, and is represented by IAFF Local 3924 as set forth by City ordinance. To be successful in this position a candidate must be thoroughly familiar with and embrace the essential function of the position. A complete job description as well as the department’s vision, mission and core values description is available online at
  • This is a 24-hour shift position working a 48/96 shift rotation. The beginning rate of pay for the position is $15.12 per hour on a 56-hour FLSA workweek. The salary is non-negotiable. The position will serve a 12 month probationary period.
  • Protects life and property through emergency incident response by performing firefighting and rescue incident scene activities, providing emergency medical care and transporting patients, and occasionally driving and operating fire apparatus in the absence of a Fire Engineer.
  • Provides community services by presenting community education and/or school-based education programs, providing emergency medical standby and public relations services at city special events, providing a variety of non-emergency services including vehicle lockouts and smoke detector checks.
  • Performs facility, apparatus, equipment and personal maintenance by participating in health/wellness and physical conditioning programs, performing routine vehicle inspection and minor vehicle maintenance, performing daily station cleaning and grounds maintenance, conducting routine maintenance and inspection of a variety of emergency service equipment.
  • Maintains emergency service skill levels by participating in regularly scheduled skill based training exercises, participating in a variety of continuing education programs, and reviewing current emergency service professional journals and technical literature.
  • Performs general administrative functions by completing special projects or tasks such as mapping, facility construction, and support service activities, completing patient encounter forms and hospital related reporting, completing incident response data entry, and finalizing various maintenance logs and request forms.

Job Requirements:

  • To be considered for this position, you must be currently employed, in good standing, as a full-time career firefighter by a recognized public emergency services agency within the State of Arizona with the primary responsibility of providing fire and emergency medical services within their respective jurisdiction.
  • Must hold a valid NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II certification issued by an IFSAC accredited agency at the time of application.
  • Arizona or National Registry EMT certification required.  Arizona certification must be obtained within six months of hire.
  • Candidates with Arizona or National Registry paramedic certification will be given hiring preference.
  • Candidates with NWCG certification as a wildland engine boss will be given hiring preference.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • The successful candidate must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen, extensive background investigation, physical and psychological evaluation. Valid Class D driver’s license required at time of hire.


  • Work requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with six months/one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency.  Junior college, vocational, business, technical or correspondence schools are likely sources.  Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.
  • A candidate’s previous recruit training and fire and medical response experience will be evaluated prior to the City extending any job offer. Specific additional training may be required in the job offer as a result of that evaluation.
  • Worked requires the ability to read professional journals, technical reports, administrative policies and procedures, operational guidelines, training manuals, codes, standards, and general correspondence.
  • Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Work requires the ability to write patient encounter forms, incident reports, daily activity/shift reports, and professional correspondence.
  • Planning responsibilities include organizing daily activities. Paramedics may supervise others providing emergency medical care. Work requires analysis and judgment in accomplishing diversified duties.
  • Work requires the exercise of independent thinking within the limits of policies, standards, and precedents.
  • The incumbents in this position contact others within the organization. These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the City such as Police and Community/Recreation Services which may be involved in decision making or providing approval or decision making authority for purchases or projects. In addition, these incumbents work with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organization. Working with various state and federal agencies may also be required of the employee. Vendors and suppliers
  • may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies or products. Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, brokers and sales representatives. Employee must maintain regular attendance.

Supplemental Information:

An online application must be completed to be considered for this position. You will need to submit your application by November 23, 2015 at 11:50 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at 623-333-2200 or by email at

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

Department’s Website Click HERE


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