Firefighter Recruit/Paramedic-Lateral: Glendale California Deadline: March 24, 2017

Firefighter Recruit/Paramedic-Lateral 

Deadline: March 24, 2017

Salary: $5,926 per month

Job Description:


The salary for Firefighter Recruit is $5,926 per month.  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.

This classification is a non-sworn trainee position that receives basic instruction in firefighting work and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) involving 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 EMS training and basic instruction in firefighting.
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:

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.
Exceptional customer service practices.
Paramedic practices and procedures.

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 outside in all kinds of weather.
Work overtime as requested.

Age Requirement
Must be 18 years of age at time of appointment.

Must currently be employed as a Firefighter Paramedic and possess a minimum of one year of experience as a full time paid professional firefighter with a municipal fire department.

Completion of a certified 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 Paramedic License at the time of application is required. For out-of-state applicants, must possess a valid National Registry Paramedic certification at the time of application; however, must possess a California Paramedic License by no later than June 15, 2017. You MUST attach a copy of the License/Certification to your application.

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

Desirable Qualifications
Completion of a Firefighter Level 1 Academy or equivalent.
Bilingual abilities in languages spoken in the community, such as Armenian, Korean, and Spanish.  Upon successfully graduating from the Glendale Fire Recruit Academy, may be eligible to receive foreign language pay ($70-$140/month). 

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.

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.

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 and shall not do so while employed with the City of Glendale.

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.
SKILLS ASSESSMENT: Administered to evaluate the applicants’ paramedic skills.

ORAL INTERVIEW EXAMINATION: Administered to evaluate the applicants’ experience, education and personal fitness for the position.

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 June 15, 2016 and June 15, 2017 and must present a valid certificate of successful completion of the Biddle Test by no later than June 15, 2017. 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 Livescan fingerprinting and a polygraph.
EXAMINATION WEIGHTING: Evaluation – qualifying, Written – pass/fail, Skills Assessment –30%, Oral – 70%, 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.

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