Firefighter/EMT or Paramedic: Sarasota County Florida Deadline: February 11, 2018

Firefighter/EMT or Paramedic

Deadline: February 11, 2018

Salary: $39,312 – $47,424 Annually

Job Description:

Sarasota County Fire Department is currently hiring for at least 10 Firemedic (Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/Paramedic) positions.  Applicants must have valid FireTEAM and CPAT.   All testing must be completed by February 11, 2018 to be considered for the current round of hiring.

If you have been a Sarasota County Fire Department volunteer for at least two years, please add this to the certifications section of the NTN application.

Please direct all questions to National Testing Network Customer Support.  Please do NOT call the department directly.  Do NOT fill out the County application.  Candidates moving onto the second hiring phase will be invited to fill out the County application at that time.  Candidates will need to fill out the NTN application as part of the testing process.


Salary:  $39,312 – 47,424 starting depending on qualifications


  • 21 day work cycle of 24/48 shifts with a Kelly Day every 7th shift
  • 192 hours of Universal Leave per year, increasing with longevity
  • 120 hours of Holiday Leave per year
  • Education Reimbursement
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Uniform Maintenance Allowance
  • Health Trust
  • FRS “Special Risk” Pension


About Sarasota County:  Located approximately 45 minutes south of Tampa, Sarasota County includes the cities of Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Longboat Key.  We have 37 miles of pristine Gulf of Mexico shoreline, including Siesta Beach – consistently named one of America’s Best Beaches.  Amenities include phenomenal shopping/dining in downtown Sarasota or Venice, spring baseball at Ed Smith Stadium (Baltimore Orioles) and multiple art and cultural venues throughout the county.  Outdoor activities include the 12 mile Legacy Trail (running/biking), Benderson Park (running/biking/rowing) and Myakka State Park (hiking/camping).  Sarasota-Bradenton Airport adds travel versatility while the University Town Center Mall gives another great shopping option.


Department Information:  Sarasota County Fire Department protects 412 square miles with a population of approximately 350,000.  Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Operations operates 21 fire rescue stations and seven EMS only stations.  Our line staff consists of over 500 Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedics who responded to over 55,000 emergencies last year.  Our Special  Operations Group responds to hazardous materials, high-angle and trench rescue, and advanced/heavy rescue incidents.  Our EMS protocols are progressive and we transport to 11 resource hospitals that include 2 Level II Trauma Centers.

Fire Operations operates:

  • 14 BLS engines
  • 9 ALS engines
  • 28 ALS ambulances
  • 3 ladder trucks
  • 1 special operations vehicle
  • 3 tankers
  • 1 fire boat
  • 4 Battalions


Job Requirements

Age: 18

US Citizen: Yes

High School Grad/GED: Yes or GED equivalent

Valid FLORIDA State Driver’s License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: As required in NFPA 1582

Academy Certification:
Required Certification:
Currently Certified State of Florida Firefighter II
Currently Certified State of Florida EMT or Paramedic

Specific Disqualifiers/Behaviors::
Felony/Criminal Disqualifiers
Conviction of a felony or a conviction of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude will disqualify a candidate.

Driving Disqualifiers
A poor driving record will classify a candidate as undesirable; however, it will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.

Drug Use Disqualifiers
Pre-employment drug screening failure will disqualify a candidate.

Employment Disqualifiers
Failure of any of the following pre-employment tests will disqualify a candidate:

  • Driving records check
  • Physical examination, including drug screening
  • Background check

Financial Disqualifiers:
A poor credit history and financial background will classify a candidate as undesirable; however, it will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.

Additional Disqualifiers:
Tobacco Use:
The applicant must be a non-user of tobacco products for at least one year prior to date of application and throughout their employment with this department.

Types, Locations, and Number of Tattoos/Decals:
Perspective members shall be evaluated by the Fire Chief, or his/her designee, and tattoos/decals may be used as a disqualifier for potential employment. At no time shall a perspective member be employed or appointed if said person has visible tattoos/decals that are offensive, in excess, vulgar, or otherwise deemed detrimental to the professional appearance and positive public image of members. No perspective member shall have tattoos/decals of any type that are visible about the neck, head, and/or face.

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

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