Firefighter/EMT & Paramedic: Seminole County Florida Deadline: March 3, 2019

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Firefighter/EMT & Paramedic

Deadline: March 3, 2019

Salary: $40,000 Annually

Job Description:

Summary of Requirements:
–>> Two tests must be taken prior to job posting closing — see “Required Tests” below.
–>> Four documents must be attached to your application — see “Required Documents” below.
–>> Skills Assessments/Interviews scheduled for the week of 3/25/2019 — see details below.


**Annual Salaries are not inclusive of any automatic FLSA overtime for shift employees on a 56-hour workweek schedule.

Per Collective Bargaining Agreement:
Effective October 1, 2019, all employees covered by this Agreement who are employed as of that date shall receive a 3% increase to their base rate of pay.

Paramedic Incentive Information:
Starting salary for State-certified Firefighter/Paramedic, after County-certified, is $48,008. This is inclusive of the County paramedic incentive of $2.75/hour, half of which will be paid from date of hire and the remaining half once County-certified by the County Medical Director.
Required Tests:

The following tests must be completed and sent to our department through National Testing Network prior to the closing date of this job posting:

  • FireTEAM Test – The FireTEAM test must be taken through National Testing Network ( > Find Jobs > Firefighter Jobs).  This test must be completed within a year (365 days) prior to the closing date on the job posting. You must visit the NTN website and select our department to receive your scores.
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) – The CPAT must be taken through National Testing Network ( > Exams > CPAT).  This test must be passed within a year (365 days) prior to the closing date on the job posting. (When you visit the NTN website and select our department to receive your FireTEAM scores, we will also receive your CPAT results.)

Required Documents:
The following four documents must be scanned, uploaded, and attached to the online application.  Failure to submit any of these items will disqualify your application. Once your application is submitted, you will not be able to add documents.  Please be sure all required documents are attached to your application before submitting.

  1. Tobacco Affidavit (must be notarized prior to submission, with a date no earlier than February 1, 2019) – Click here to view and print Affidavit (Download PDF reader)
  2. Valid Firefighter Certificate of Compliance (issued by Florida Division of State Fire Marshal)
  3. Valid Florida EMT or Paramedic License (issued by Florida Department of Health)
  4. Valid EVOC Certificate or Letter of completion – This is the 16-hr. Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (must be EVOC . . . CEVO is not sufficient). Typically, this certification is obtained during EMT training, as it is a requirement of many EMT programs.  However, if EVOC certification is needed, please visit for locations where EMT programs are offered, to determine where EVOC might be obtained.

Internal Fire/EMS Skills Assessment:
Candidates who submit all required paperwork and receive passing scores on both the CPAT and FireTEAM tests will be notified by email to sign up for our internal Fire/EMS Skills Assessment, which will take place the week of March 25, 2019.

Panel Interview:
Upon successful completion of the Internal Fire/EMS Skills Assessment, candidates will be scheduled for interviews the week of March 25, 2019. Please be prepared to provide two letters of recommendation at the interview.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email: 

What the Seminole County Fire Department Offers:

  • Special Hazards & Operations Team (hazardous materials, rope rescue, vehicle/machinery rescue, dive rescue, trench rescue, and confined space rescue)
  • Tower Team
  • Burn Team (performs prescribed wildfire burns)
  • Bike Team
  • Seminole County currently offers a Paramedic Education Sponsorship Program and a Tuition Reimbursement Program.  (Eligible to apply after one year of employment for both programs)
  • SCFD has 20 fire stations.
  • SCFD responds to over 36,000 alarms annually, with an average response time of 5 minutes in the urban area.
  • SCFD Fire Training Center delivers National Fire Academy and State level courses, most of which are available at no cost to Seminole County firefighters.
  • SCFD is a member of Florida Task Force 4 (Urban Search & Rescue Team for Central Florida).
  • SCFD is an all hazards, CAAS-accredited agency.
  • SCFD provides fire, advanced life support and transport services to the residents and visitors of unincorporated Seminole County, as well as the cities of Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, and Casselberry.

Essential Functions

Technical work involving the responsibility for the protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing and preventing fire damage, and responding to emergency medical incidents.  Position may be reassigned to meet the operational needs of the Department.
Responds to fire, rescue and emergency medical incidents in an assigned area as a member of a Engine, Tower, or Rescue Company.  Enters burning buildings and removes and rescues persons from danger.  Administers Basic or Advanced Life Support and emergency medical assistance to sick or injured persons.
Connects hoselines and/or apparatus to hydrants or pumps, joins hose sections, connects nozzles, and operates nozzles in spraying water on fire. Ventilates burning buildings. Operates hand fire extinguisher and similar equipment. Raises, climbs, and lowers ladders.  Performs salvage and overhaul operations. Drives emergency fire apparatus in responding to fire and rescue incidents. Operates pumps to maintain adequate water volume and pressure.
Engages in pre-fire planning and inspection of commercial establishments in assigned areas.
Participates in instruction/training sessions in subjects of fire fighting methods, equipment operation, emergency medical care, and/or geographical information. May participate as member of special team (dive, extrication team, hazardous materials team, etc.)
Performs maintenance cleaning tasks in and about assigned station. Performs related duties, such as inventory assessment and map book preparation.
May act in the capacity of a certified paramedic if so certified and authorized by the Fire Department.
Additional Duties:
Performs other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, reassignments or rotations.
In the event of an emergency, all employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Considerable knowledge of street/road system and geography of Seminole County and a working knowledge of firefighting and emergency medical procedures.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.  Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.  Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with associates and the general public.  Ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.
High School Diploma or GED.
Must possess a Firefighter II Certificate of Compliance issued by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal.
Must possess and maintain Emergency Medical Technician certification issued by the Florida Department of Health.
If incumbent is authorized and designated to work in the capacity of a paramedic, must possess and maintain certification as a paramedic as designated by the State of Florida and the Fire Department.
Must meet and be able to continuously maintain the physical agility requirements as administered by the Fire Department.
New hires must have abstained from the use of tobacco products for twelve months prior to application with Seminole County (Florida Statute Section 633.34).

Additional Requirements

Required to maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License.

All employees must attend Seminole County Required Trainings.

Department Specific trainings per position may be required. 

Eligible applicants must agree to submit to a background check, including a Level II (fingerprint) criminal background check and driver’s license check.  Applicants must meet all moral and criminal background guidelines, in addition to all other employment requirements mandated by Florida Statutes for certification(s) and by Seminole County.

If you meet the criteria for this position you may be tested, interviewed and extended a conditional offer of employment.  A conditional offer is the next step in the recruiting process and includes, but may not be limited to, a criminal background, driver’s license check, and medical physical. A conditional offer does not guarantee that the applicant will be hired.  Seminole County’s practice is to make decisions based on merit, qualifications and lawful compliance with city ordinances, state and federal laws.


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


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