Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/Paramedic: Alachua County Fire Rescue Florida Deadline: March 4, 2016

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Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/Paramedic

Deadline: March 4, 2016

Salary: $10.01 – $15.52 Hourly

$33,327.92 – $51,658.55 Annually

Job Description:

The Alachua County Fire Rescue is currently hiring for Firefighter/EMT 56 or Firefighter/Paramedic.  This position requires FireTEAM and a valid NTN CPAT.  Only CPATs from NTN will be accepted.  All testing must be completed by March 4th, 2016.

Candidates must fill out the department application at https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/1168990/firefighter-emt-56-or-firefighter-paramedic-56/agency/alachua/apply/general.

For more information please see the County website here.

NOTE: APPLICANTS SELECTED FROM THIS POSTING MAY BE PLACED ON AN ACTIVE ELIGIBILITY LIST FOR 24 MONTHS.

Candidates forwarded from NTN to Alachua County BoCC Human Resources Office for consideration must submit current copies of the required certifications to the Alachua County BoCC Human Resources Office before the position closes.   Failure to submit the required certifications or an official employment application with Alachua County Board of County Commissioners by the date the position closes will remove the candidate from the process. Applicants minimum qualification and certifications will be reviewed by the Alachua County Human Resources Office; successful applicants will be forwarded to the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department for further evaluation.

The written test is a custom designed, multiple answer test designed to cover a broad spectrum of knowledge and abilities. There are 120 questions on the exam and you must score at least a 70% to move forward. There will be no questions on the exam relating to ACFR’s SOGs or procedures. The test is broken down into sections including, Firefighting Essentials, Emergency Medical Care, Understanding Written Information, Mathematical Ability, Mechanical Aptitude, and Teamwork/Public Relations/Community Living.

Salary Information:

$10.01 – $15.52 Hourly

$33,327.92 – $51,658.55 Annually

Benefit Information:

An organization is only as good as the people it employs. To attract and retain the best team possible, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners offers a competitive benefit program. We believe that if we expect our employees to support the County, we must first support the health and financial well-being of our employees and their families, now and as they plan for their future.

BoCC-Contributed Benefits:

  • Medical/Health Insurance
  • Employee Life Insurance
  • Florida Retirement System
  • Employee Assistance Program

Optional Benefits:

  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental & Dependent Life Insurance
  • Deferred Retirement Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Roth IRA
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Computer Purchase Program

NOTE: For detailed information regarding available benefits click here.

You may also view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding benefits.

FLORIDA RETIREMENT SYSTEM (FRS) The Florida Retirement System is a retirement plan designed to provide an income to a vested employee and his/her family when the employee retires, becomes partially or totally disabled, or dies prior to retirement. A defined benefit or defined contribution option may be chosen by the employee.

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Permanent, full-time employees are eligible for educational assistance funds. Contact the Human Resources Office for program details.

HOLIDAYS Holidays are as follows:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Martin Luther King Day
  3. Memorial Day
  4. Independence Day
  5. Labor Day
  6. Veterans’ Day
  7. Thanksgiving Day
  8. Friday following Thanksgiving
  9. Christmas Eve (IAFF*)
  10. Christmas Day
  11. Additional Christmas Holiday (All non-IAFF employees)
  12. 2 Floating Holidays

*IAFF – International Association of Firefighters Pay periods are every two weeks, Monday through Sunday. Payday is Friday.

Vacation Leave – Generous vacation accrual rates with payout of unused accrued leave, with some restrictions. For more detailed information regarding vacation leave refer to Employee Policy Manual, Section 7-2.

Sick leave is earned at a rate of 4 hours per pay period by all permanent, full-time employees*. At the end of each fiscal year, eligible employees can convert up to 10 days of accrued sick leave to vacation leave on a 2:1 basis. For more detailed information regarding sick leave refer to Employee Policy Manual, Section 7-3.*Accruals slightly different for IAFF employee.

Department Overview: Alachua County is a fully career fire rescue organization. Total personnel for the department is currently 258. ACFR operated 13 ALS transports and 10 ALS fire suppression units. Minimum staffing is 2 per transport, 3 per urban engine and 4 per rural engine company. We cover a total of 962 square miles of both urban and rural areas of the county.

County Information: Alachua County is a diverse community in the State of Florida. The community includes rural agricultural and timber land and urban areas. The community hosts multiple educational facilities such as the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. The area is a major center of heath care in North Florida and hosts several leading facilities in the health care industry. The area contacts multiple natural habitats, nature preserves springs and other recreational opportunities. Gainesville is the largest city within the community and there are several other smaller municipalities within Alachua County.  All of these factors make Alachua County a dynamic, fun active area to locate.

Population: 253,000

Job Requirements

Age: 18

High School Grad/GED: Yes.

Valid FLORIDA State Driver’s License: Yes.

Academy Certification:

Yes.

Examples of Duties:

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Performs fire fighting activities including operating related fire equipment, laying hose, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguishment tasks.
  • Provides emergency medical treatment to the Basic Life Support level of certification and training. Provides assistance with Advanced Life Support medical procedures.
  • Receives emergency and non-emergency calls from dispatch; drives the emergency unit to the call and/or hospital using the most expeditious route.
  • Utilizes all required safety measures when performing assigned job duties.
  • Responds to medical, rescue, fire and other emergency and non-emergency calls.
  • Operates radio in accordance with system standards and guidelines.
  • Assists in loading patient and/or transportation of patient to a medical facility.
  • Makes up stretcher and cleans inside of vehicle after each call.
  • Inspects vehicle daily; insures that vehicle is clean, fully equipped and in proper operating condition and in compliance with all state and local laws.
  • Prepares reports as required.
  • Attends and participates in company drills and training sessions.
  • Performs routine station housekeeping and routine office work as required
  • Performs related work as required.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of emergency medical, rescue and fire equipment, operation and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of basic life support emergency medical treatment.
  • Knowledge of fire prevention, suppression, and extinguishing techniques.
  • Knowledge of defensive driving techniques and methods and ability to execute such methods quickly and efficiently.
  • Knowledge of Alachua County’s street systems and geography.
  • Knowledge of departmental Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Standard Operating Guidelines (SOG) manuals, and Rules & Regulations.
  • Ability to rapidly determine locations by quadrant addressing.
  • Ability to react quickly and efficiently in emergency situations.
  • Ability to receive, follow and execute orders from a supervisor.
  • Ability to follow precise technical instructions in an emergency situation.
  • Ability to learn and operate relatively complex fire fighting and rescue equipment.
  • Ability to perform prolonged and difficult work under adverse conditions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and representatives from other agencies.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds; frequently lift and/or move 50 pounds; and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outdoor weather conditions and is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from high school or equivalent. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment. Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:

  • Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance.
  • Current State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificate.
  • A valid State of Florida Drivers license free from moving violation citations for a period of not less than six months preceding employment; and within the past three years applicant must have had no convictions for reckless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances and must not have had a driver’s license suspended pursuant to Florida law.
  • A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products.
  • Certification by the Alachua County Medical Director is required and must be maintained as a condition of employment.
  • CPAT Passing score submitted to Alachua County Human Resources Office through National Testing Network.com (NTN)

Minimum Qualifications for the Firefighter/Paramedic 56:

Graduation from high school or equivalent. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment. Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:

  • Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance.
  • Current State of Florida Paramedic certificate with expiration date shown and attending privileges as approved by the County’s Medical Director.
  • Current designation as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider.
  • Completion of a course in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support or Basic Trauma Life Support.
  • A valid State of Florida Drivers license free from moving violation citations for a period of not less than six months preceding employment; and within the past three years applicant must have had no convictions for reckless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances and must not have had a driver’s license suspended pursuant to Florida law.
  • A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products.
  • Certification by the Alachua County Medical Director is required and must be maintained as a condition of employment.

CPAT Passing score submitted to Alachua County Human Resources Office through National Testing Network.com (NTN)

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

City’s Website Click HERE

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