Firefighter or Firefighter/Paramedic
Deadline: March 15, 2020
Salary: $42,340 annually
At Orange County Government, we are proud to serve the public with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. We develop innovative policies and services that impact Central Florida and shape the future of our community.
Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) is proud to be internationally accredited and maintain an ISO Property Protection Class 1 rating. OCFRD provides world-class fire rescue and full-service emergency medical services, to include transport, within the 800 square miles of unincorporated Orange County and four municipalities. OCFRD has 42 community-based fire stations, with two new stations planned in 2020. Orange County Fire Rescue is also the home department to the University of Central Florida, one of the largest universities in the country as well as the second largest convention center in North America. OCFRD serves a population of over 870,000 residents. As the theme park capital of the world, Orange County attracts nearly 200,000 daily visitors.
Firefighters have numerous promotional opportunities, along with opportunity to join one of the many elite specialty programs including the rescue diver/rescue swimmer program, the special access climber program, squad technician program, EMS bike team program, or the unmanned aerial system unit. OCFRD has a reputation of providing excellence in our continued training programs for firefighters and offers sponsorship to firefighters to obtain their paramedic certification. This is an exciting opportunity to join the OCFRD family.
•Performs fire suppression as a team member and/or individually by manning hose lines, operating hand held fire suppression equipment, and carrying out related duties in emergency firefighting situations.
•Performs emergency medical services on persons injured or ill according to National, State and Departmental guidelines at either an EMT or paramedic level depending upon certification.
•Performs rescue functions to extricate victims from occupancies filled with heat, smoke, and toxic gases by entering occupancy and physically removing victims.
•Performs rescue and extrication functions of victims involved in vehicular entrapments using specific hand and pneumatic equipment.
•Performs salvage and clean-up functions as required at the conclusion of fire-related emergency scenes.
•Maintains physical conditioning and physical stamina required to perform firefighting duties.
•Performs routine inspections of personal safety equipment in order to ensure equipment is in optimum condition and promptly notifies superiors of deficiencies.
•Attends classroom and drill ground training sessions in order to continuously update knowledge and skills required for effective work performance.
•Communicates and interacts with co-workers and/or the public either collectively or on a person-to-person level to receive emergency instructions or relay emergency information.
•Participates in public relations activities such as school demonstrations, safety demonstrations, etc., to promote the image of the Department as a public safety provider in the community.
•Performs clean-up and janitorial duties in stations to maintain a clean working and living environment.
•Operates Fire Rescue Department emergency vehicles as required.
•Performs other related duties as required.
High School diploma or equivalent.Must possess and maintain Florida State Firefighter certification.
Must possess and maintain a current EMT or Paramedic certification.
(Please note that applicants who are currently in the process of obtaining the above listed certifications are eligible to apply and participate in this hiring process, however proof of all certification completion must be provided by May 1, 2020 in order to be hired.)
Individuals hired must successfully complete all State of Florida and local requirements to become a Certified Paramedic within three years from the date of hire and serve as a paramedic for Orange County Fire Rescue. Possession and maintenance of Paramedic Certification is a condition of continued employment with Orange County Fire Rescue.
Must possess and maintain a State of Florida Driver’s License by date of hire.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be a non-user of tobacco products for at least one year, as evidenced by a sworn affidavit of the applicant.
Must successfully pass a level II background check that includes fingerprints and a polygraph.
Must meet medical and physical agility standards. Must maintain a level of physical fitness consistent with job assignment.
State of Florida Paramedic Certification
All candidates must pass the Ergometrics Fire Team Video Test and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to participate in the hiring process. Applicants with a valid passing test score on file do not need to re-take these tests. The Fire Team test scores are valid for 2 years and the CPAT test scores are valid for 1 year. OCFRD also accepts passing scores of the Ergometrics Fire Team Video Test and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) completed though the National Testing Network (NTN). For more information about NTN’s testing process, you can visit their website at www.nationaltestingnetwork.com.Scores will be accepted from applicants who have passed the Ergometrics Fire Team Test between February 2018- May 2020, and applicants who have passed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) between February 2019- May 2020.
Candidates who do not have a valid test score can obtain information on taking the CPAT and Fire Team tests by contacting Orange County Fire Rescue Department at OCFRDCareers@ocfl.net.
Opening Date: 2/14/2020Closing Date: 3/ 15/2020 (This posting is subject to close without notice.)
This is a reposting. Previous applicants do not need to reapply to be considered for this posting.
$42,340 annually*Paramedic Incentive- When all department requirements have been completed, certified Paramedics are eligible for an additional $8,008.80 per year added to the annual salary of a Certified Firefighter.
If your education was obtained in the United States, the County recognizes degrees or diplomas which are accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If you have obtained education from a country other than the United States, your degree or diploma must be evaluated to determine the United States equivalency by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluations (AICE) at your expense.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.