Firefighter Recruit EMT or Paramedic: San Jose California Deadline: May 4, 2018

Firefighter Recruit EMT or Paramedic

Deadline: May 4, 2018

Salary: $2,771.20 bi-weekly

Job Description:

The City of San Jose is currently recruiting for Firefighter Recruit.  Firefighter Recruitment testing deadline is Friday, May 4, 2018.  Please ensure that ALL minimum certification qualifications (e.g. EMT/Paramedic) are met by this extended deadline.  CPAT certifications and NTN test scores are considered current for this recruitment process if obtained no earlier than April 4, 2017 and no later than May 4, 2018.

For questions specific to the written test process, please directly contact National Testing Network at 1- or  For questions specific to the SJFD recruitment process, please email

Salary & Benefit Information:

Compensation: Full-time with Benefits

  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Uniform Allowance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Retirement: Retirement benefits for the Firefighter position are subject to change based upon ongoing contract negotiations between the City of San Jose and Local 230, IAFF.
  • Competitive Salary
    • Firefighter Recruit: $34.64 hourly, $2,771.20 bi-weekly

      Upon successful completion of the Academy:
    • Firefighter, Step 1: $2,911.20 bi-weekly base pay; $75,691.20 annually
    • Anti-terrorism training pay 2% of base
    • Holiday-in-lieu pay: 5.623% of base
    • EMT Pay: 3% of top step Firefighter (currently $117.07 bi-weekly)

      Eligible employees would also receive additional premium pay (upon successful completion of the Academy):

    • Paramedic Pay: 12% of top step Firefighter (currently $468.28 bi-weekly)
    • Oral Bilingual Pay: 2.5% of top step Firefighter (currently $97.56 bi-weekly)
    • Education & Training Pay (AA/AS – BS, Fire Science, Fire Technology, Fire Protection Technology): $35 bi-weekly

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Department Overview: The San Jose Fire Department is an All Risk Department committed to excellence in public safety. We embrace innovative approaches to meet the evolving needs of our diverse city. We work in partnership with the community to achieve a fire and hazard safe environment. The San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) is committed to serving the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response.

City Information: San Jose was founded in 1777 and is located in the South San Francisco Bay area within Santa Clara County, CA. With a population of approximately one million, it is the 10th largest city in the US and the 3rd largest city in California. SJFD serves the city-proper and other Santa Clara County areas with a total population that exceeds 1 million. Responding to approximately 83,000 calls for service each year (from 34 Fire Stations), SJFD is a high-volume, high-performance, full-service fire department. In terms of critical infrastructure, SJFD is the emergency service provider for a number of high-hazard occupancies, including an International Airport; 1 municipal airport; 7 major hospitals (including 3 trauma centers, and 7 emergency departments); the SAP Center, home of the NHL San José Sharks, (maximum occupancy 17,500); San José State University (the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast), student population of 32,713; three super regional malls; 516 high-rise structures; and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Job Requirements

Age: Eighteen (18) years of age at time of application.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid CALIFORNIA State Driver’s License: Yes (or ability to obtain one by date of hire)

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Physical Requirements:
Physical examination include medical history and physical examination, screening for heart and lung function, blood and urine tests, and supplemental testing as required to determine that the applicant is free of disqualifying medical conditions as described in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 Standard of Medical Requirements. Please reference NFPA 1582 for further details.

Necessary Certifications:
A current CPAT card/letter, which is not more than one-year old by closing date, and must be kept current to within one year of hire date.

Please ensure that ALL minimum certification qualifications (e.g. EMT/Paramedic) are met by this extended testing deadline. CPAT certifications are considered current for this recruitment process if obtained no earlier than June 5, 2017 and no later than May 4, 2018.

Firefighter Recruit EMT:

  • Valid EMT Certificate, or valid certification as a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician Basic.


Firefighter Recruit EMT/Paramedic:

  • Valid Paramedic License, or a valid certification as a National Registered Paramedic

Desirable Education, Experience, Licenses & Skills:

  • Possession of current and valid State of California Paramedic Certification.
  • Possession of a Bachelors (BS or BA) degree or Associates (AS or AA) degree in Fire Science or Fire Technology from an accredited college or university.
  • Possession of a Fire Science/Fire Technology Certificate from an accredited college or university.
  • Possession of California State Fire Marshall Firefighter I or II Certification or equivalent.
  • Possession of a Department of Defense Fire Fighter I Certificate.
  • Possession of a California Class B Commercial Firefighter’s Driver’s License.
  • Military experience and training.
  • Bilingual * (Arabic, Assyrian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese).
    *Must be able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs, and pass the City of San Jose’s bilingual professional proficiency certification.

Veterans Preference:
The City of San Jose has a Veteran’s Preference Policy
( that applies to this recruitment. To claim veteran’s preference points, you must provide a copy of your honorable military discharge form, Form DD214. For more information on the City’s Veteran’s Preference Policy, visit the link above.

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

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