Firefighter and Firefighter/Paramedic
Open: March 18, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Salary: $66,456.00 – $93,564.00 Annually
Examples of Duties
- ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM 7:30 am on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020 to 5:30 pm on THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
- This recruitment is being done to fill Firefighter positions and Firefighter/Paramedic positions
- The first 150 completed applications (with sufficient proof of required licenses and certifications) will be reviewed for inclusion in the testing process
- Licenses and certifications must be entirely legible and must be scanned and attached to your application. Faxes, emails, and hand delivered items will not be accepted
- Applicants must provide thorough and detailed information regarding experience, education and licenses/certifications to ensure correct evaluation of their qualifications
- In order to maintain an efficient selection process, please refrain from making station visits or calls or submitting items outside of the online application process. Acceptable file formats for attachments include .pdf, .doc, and .xls
The Department: The Fire Department is organized into three budgetary divisions, Fire Operations/Training, Fire Prevention, and Measure LL funding. The Department responds to approximately 3,500 requests for emergency service each year. The majority (60%) for these incidents are emergency medical related; responses to fires in buildings, vehicles or the wildland, account for another 15% of the Department’s emergency responses and 15% of emergency responses are rescues involving trapped persons as a result of vehicle accidents, falls from a cliff, construction site accidents, and weather-related incidents. The Department also responds to spills and releases of hazardous materials, public service and other miscellaneous requests which account for the remaining 10% of the Fire Department’s incident responses. The Department maintains a fully equipped emergency response force of twelve firefighters and one chief officer on duty, at all times. The staff personnel include the Fire Chief, three Chief Officers (both have suppression and administrative duties), an Administrative Fire Captain, a Fire Marshal, a Fire Safety Inspector, an Administrative Assistant, and a part-time Fire Prevention Officer.
The Position: Under the direction of a Fire Captain, Firefighters are assigned to a 24-hour fire suppression and rescue shift and will respond to fire, medical and environmental emergencies; engage in fire prevention, suppression, and salvage activities; perform inspection and code enforcement activities; maintain fire apparatus, equipment and grounds; attend and participate in a variety of training sessions and exercises; and perform hydrant maintenance, company fire inspection. The Firefighter will initiate emergency care to injured and/or ill patients and render first aid and lifesaving techniques within the scope of practice as an Emergency Medical Technician. The position may be assigned special projects or other related duties as required, and may also be assigned to a 40 hour work week. Qualified Firefighter applicants with State of California Paramedic License are desirable.
To view the full class specifications (including employment standards and physical, mental and environmental working conditions) for Firefighter, click on the link below.
Selection Process: The first 150 completed applications with proof of required licenses and certifications will be reviewed to be considered for advancement to the testing process. The testing process will include a Written Exam, which is tentatively scheduled to take place SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020. Those recommended for further evaluation will be invited to participate in the Structured Panel Interview. Those who pass the Structured Panel Interview will be placed on an eligibility list to be considered for a Department Interview for the position of Firefighter.
Written Exam Source Materials
The written exam will consist of 100 items sourced from the materials below:
- Essentials of Firefighting. IFSTA 7th Edition (2019)
- Brannigan’s Building Construction For the Fire Service. Brannigan, F.L. NFPA, 5th Edition (2015)
- Hazardous Materials for First Responders. IFSTA, 4th Edition (2010)
- Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, Pollack, A. N., Ed., Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 11th Edition (2017)
Pre-placement Process: Prospective Firefighters must successfully complete a thorough background investigation including a fingerprint check and polygraph examination. Successful completion of a pre-placement medical exam including pre-employment drug test and a psychological evaluation are also required. Reference checks, and employment, education, license and certification verification will also be conducted.
- A current CPR card issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
- A current EMT 1 certification recognized by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. In addition, qualified applicants must have an Orange County Accreditation as a condition of employment
- Certification of successful completion of a recognized physical agility test, e.g., Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or Biddle Physical Ability Test (PAT), within 12 months prior to applying (if candidate has completed agility test over 6 months prior to applying, candidate may be required to complete a re-evaluation prior to hire)
- State Certification as Firefighter 1 OR successful completion of a Fire Academy from an approved community college which meets California State Fire Marshal (C.S.F.M.) requirements for Firefighter 1 certification within 18 months prior to applying (if completed more than 18 months before applying, applicant must have been engaged in a skills maintenance program since graduation)
- A California Class C, B or A Driver’s License with current Firefighter Endorsement
- An Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with additional fire service related education
- A current and valid EMT-P certification recognized by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority. In addition, the ability to obtain Orange County Accreditation as a condition of employment
- Current training and certification in SFT Driver Operator 1A and/or 1B
- Current fire service experience working in a Full-time, Reserve, Volunteer, Ambulance Operator (AO)/Fire Intern, EMS based program
- Current training and certification in Rescue Systems I and II
- Current certification in S-290 (Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior) and NWCG and CICCS qualifications
- A current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR card issued by the American Heart Association
- Community involvement experience
- Work experience in a culturally diverse environment
- Teaching and team building skills
- Foreign language fluency
All qualified applicants MUST possess and ATTACH items 1 through 4 to their application in order to be considered:
- ) A current CPR card issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, or a current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR card issued by the American Heart Association
- ) A current EMT 1 or EMT-P certification recognized by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.
- ) Certification of successful completion of a recognized physical agility test, e.g., Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or Biddle Physical Ability Test (PAT) within 12 months prior to applying. For information to obtain CPAT test scores access www.CPATonline.org
- ) Firefighter 1 certification OR proof of successful completion of a Fire Academy from an approved community college which meets California State Fire Marshal (C.S.F.M.) requirements for Firefighter 1 certification (if graduated over 18 months before applying, you must additionally ensure your application includes experience in a skills maintenance program since graduation)
Minimum Qualifications: In addition to the required Firefighter qualifications (indicated above), Firefighter/Paramedic applicants must also possess the following:
1.) Possession of a valid Paramedic License (must be ATTACHED to application) at time of application. Additionally, qualified applicants must have a State of California Paramedic License and an Orange County Paramedic Accreditation at time of appointment.
Desirable Qualifications: 1.) Current Orange County Paramedic Accreditation (other Paramedic Accreditation my be considered desirable) 2.) Experience with a paramedic provider agency responding to 911 emergencies
Premium Pay & Bonuses: Firefighter/Paramedics are paid at the base rate for Firefighter plus a premium pay that is equal to ten percent (10%) of the top salary step (base pay) of the Fire Engineer classification (see Laguna Beach Fire Employees MOU for details).