Firefighter/Paramedic: Bend Oregon Deadline: November 5, 2018

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Deadline: November 5, 2018

Salary: $60,951.28 – $77,847.54 Annually

Job Description:

The Bend Fire Department is now accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Positions are regular, full-time and are represented by the Bend Firefighters Association (BFA). This selection process will establish an eligibility list and fill at least three immediate vacancies.

All interested candidates must apply with the City of Bend using the City’s online application system. The closing date for this application process is November 5, 2018. A cover letter and resume are required and must be uploaded with your NEOGOV application. Applications will be accepted until 12 p.m. (PST) on Monday, November 5, 2018. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 

Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete the NTN FireTEAM and CPAT testing at their earliest convenience.NTN is accepting applications and appointments from interested/eligible candidates who are not currently in NTN’s database. The City of Bend Fire Department will only accept FireTEAM Video Test results that are administered and certified by NTN.  FireTEAM Video Test and CPAT results are valid up to one-year (365 days) from your original test date.  Valid test results are required for the November 5, 2018 closing date. If your FireTEAM or CPAT test results are set to expire before November 5, 2018, you must retest.

Candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference must include a required City of Bend Veterans Preference Form and appropriate certification to receive Veterans’ Preference points.

Application and Testing Schedule:

  • November 5, 2018: Online applications, NTN and CPAT testing must be completed by 12 p.m.
  • December 3-7, 2018: Onsite testing process
  • February 2019 (tentative): Firefighter Academy start date


For information regarding the testing process, please contact:
Tyson Jenson, EMS Captain

Ed Martinen, PHR

The City of Bend is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion.  At the City of Bend, we don’t just accept differences; we value them. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and support the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the Oregon Pay Equity Act. 

Functions, Duties and Responsibilities

The following essential functions are listed in no particular order of importance.  Duties and responsibilities ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive or all-inclusive list performed by all employees in this classification. The list is intended to provide a representative summary of essential functions, duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all essential functions, duties and responsibilities listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

This position responds to emergent and non-emergent incidents which may include significantly hazardous and life-threatening situations. Performs a full range of emergency medical duties, firefighting, hazardous materials mitigation, and rescue duties. Participates in maintenance, training, fire prevention, and public education programs.

Supports the City’s and Fire Department’s mission statements.

Supports the Fire Department’s risk statement.

Embraces the Fire Department’s organizational values and expectations.

Embraces Crew Resource Management.

Follows policies, procedures and instructions (PPI), standard operating guidelines (SOG) and safety rules outlined in Department, City, local, state, and/or federal documents. 

Practices and maintains personal safety. Complies with safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices; safely operates a variety of vehicles and equipment.

Responds to inquiries and public information requests, investigates and resolves problems, and provides customer service.

In an emergency event or an officially declared State of Emergency, responds as directed to ensure the restoration of essential public services, facilities and infrastructure.

Participates in voluntary and mandatory on-roster staffing callbacks, voluntary off-roster staffing callbacks, and mandatory training.

Performs fire suppression, life safety, and property conservation efforts using hoses, nozzles, pumps, extinguishers, ropes, ladders, saws, axes, shovels, salvage equipment, lights, fans, generators, and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Responds to requests for emergency medical aid.

Performs complex, and life-saving medical procedures consistent with the scope of practice outlined by the Oregon State Health Division, Oregon Revised Statutes, and Oregon Administrative Rules.

Operates under the direction of a Medical Advisor, in accordance with protocols adopted by the Medical Advisor and the Fire Department. 

Transports the sick and injured to medical facilities.

Responds to incidents involving hazardous materials and performs the necessary mitigation tasks in accordance with PPI’s, SOG’s, and safety rules outlined in Department, City, local, state, and/or federal regulations for such activities.

Is responsible for equipment, station, and grounds maintenance, as well as re-storing and reloading equipment, apparatus and supplies. Cleans, maintains, repairs, and tests an array of apparatus and equipment. Maintains emergency apparatus and equipment in response-ready condition at all times.

Participates in fire safety education and fire prevention, including station tours, classroom presentations and greeting public visitors at station.  Assists with community-related projects.  Answers questions from the community and the media regarding Fire Department and emergency operations in a courteous and respectful manner.

Participates in drills, classes and training sessions covering all aspects of Fire Department operations and fire service topics.  Takes part in area familiarization, pre-emergency surveys and planning sessions. May assist in training instruction as required and qualified.  Keeps abreast of advanced techniques relating to the position, and continually upgrades knowledge in areas of responsibility.

Assists with station clerical, record keeping, telephone, computer operation, and radio communication activities as required.

Safely and legally drives Fire Department vehicles.

Participates in special projects.

Under the direction of the Company Officer and/or Training Chief, assists with volunteer training, student training, and professional development.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as assigned.

Provides assistance and support to the public as needed and directed.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications

Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of:

  • Required training and certifications as established by the Department, City, local, state, and/or federal agencies.
  • PPI’s, SOG’s, and safety rules outlined in Department, City, local, state, and/or federal regulations for such activities.
  • Medical, fire suppression, prevention activities, procedures, techniques and practices.
  • Emergency medical response protocols.
  • Reporting criteria, including but not limited to: incident reports, medical reports, and accident reports.

 Skill in:

  • Driving and operating emergency apparatus and equipment in a safe manner during all hours, inclement weather conditions, and situations.
  • Learning and maintaining proficiency in emergency medical, fire suppression, and fire prevention procedures, techniques and practices.
  • Maintaining composure, thinking clearly, and interpreting orders and directions during emergencies and daily operations.
  • Facilitating informational and educational classes for the school system and general public.
  • Responding to alarms and other emergency situations at all times, day or night that require execution of full physical force and mental activity.
  • Working cooperatively and effectively in high pressure and crisis situations and withstanding the effects of repeated exposure to traumatic and otherwise disagreeable situations.
  • Using computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and interactive computer programs; operating common office equipment.
  • Oral and written communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
  • Interpersonal skills, as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc.
  • Working closely with others for 48-hour shifts and occupying the same living, eating, exercise and sleeping quarters in a coed facility. 
  • Listening and orally responding to calls for assistance, radio communications, and all other calls as needed in all conditions, which may include substantial background noise as experienced in emergency operations.
  • Working in both open/confined and ground level/elevated work spaces, as well as in adverse environmental conditions, for extended periods of time, with little or no rest.
  • Performing routine maintenance and cleaning of apparatus, facilities, and equipment, and other duties as assigned.

 Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses:
Required at time of application:

  • Possess a High School diploma or General Educational Development equivalency (GED);
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Completion of NTN FireTEAM Test**;
  • Current and valid CPAT results;
  • Ability to legally apply for, possess, and/or receive fire certification(s) from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training;
  • Meets minimum health and physical qualifications as established by the Fire Department, Civil Service Regulations, NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, and other local, state, or federal agencies.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position in a station/office environment or in the field, in emergency and non-emergency situations, where there are significant health and safety hazards; and
  • Current, valid driver’s license, having been licensed for a minimum of two years, and insurable by the City’s insurer.

Required by or before the time of conditional job offer (estimated initial offers December 2018):

  • Possess National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Firefighter I;
  • Oregon State Health Authority Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic license.  For Oregon Reciprocity information go to Out of state candidates are strongly encouraged to immediately begin Oregon Reciprocity process;

Required within one year from date of hire:

  • National Incident Management System – IS-700.a, ICS-100.b, WMD-AWR 160;
  • NFPA Driver;
  • Department Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Wildland Interface Firefighter; and
  • NFPA Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (Operations Level). 
  • An Oregon State Health Authority Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic license must be maintained for a continuous period of 8 years from hire date; thereafter, an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic license must be maintained throughout career.

**Candidates currently or formerly employed as an Ambulance Operator with the Bend Fire Department Need contact Captain Tyson Jenson.

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


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