Firefighter/Paramedic: Chula Vista California Deadline: February 8, 2019

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Deadline: February 8, 2019

Salary: $6,129.80 – $7,450.82 Monthly

Job Description:

Under supervision, responds to fire alarms, emergency medical calls, and other emergency calls to protect life and property; participates in fire training, fire prevention, public education, and station and equipment maintenance activities; provides definitive medical care; and performs related duties as required.

Lateral Firefighter/Paramedics hired as a result of this recruitment will be required to attend the Chula Vista Fire Department’s Recruit Academy (40-hour work week) during the first four months of employment.  Graduation from the Academy requires an acceptable level of competency in all academy subjects. Competency shall be demonstrated by passing all examinations, including evaluations of manipulative skills.

After successfully completing the four-month Recruit Academy, the Lateral Firefighter/Paramedics will serve a probationary period of twelve (12) months performing a variety of duties related to the protection of life and property, and must pass each phased evaluation of training. 

Essential Functions:

Functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: Respond to fire and other emergency alarms; connect and lay hose lines; assist in operating nozzles and direct water stream and other extinguishing agents onto fires; position and climb ladders to fight fires and effect rescue operations; make entry ventilation openings in buildings using hand and power tools; assist in rescue, overhaul, and/or salvage of buildings, cars, aircraft or other hazardous environments; operate pneumatic and auxiliary equipment such as generators and pumps; perform building and grounds maintenance; clean, service, inspect and test motor driven equipment including automobiles, fire, rescue and supply trucks; render emergency medical aid as a Paramedic examining and assessing victims, communicating vital medical data to medical and/or fire personnel and administering medical treatment in accordance within established guidelines and/or at the specific instruction of base hospital medical personnel; perform primary and secondary medical physical assessments of patients; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation; maintain an effective airway for patients with compromised breathing; administer advanced life support drug therapy within established guidelines and/or at the specific instruction of base hospital medical personnel; operate heart monitoring and defibrillation equipment; operate radios, telephones and other communications equipment in order communicate medical information to base hospital medical personnel or other fire personnel; serve as a preceptor for paramedic and emergency medical technician trainees; may operate fire and rescue apparatus in training or relief of others; study fire department rules, regulations and procedures; attend drills, training and conferences; study firefighting techniques; learn about fire hazards and conduct community inspections; give demonstrations, classes and training to the public; operate computer related equipment and software applications related to assignment; may drive or operate an ambulance; may assist in conducting hydrant maintenance or routine inspections; may participate in physical fitness program; build and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, personnel from a wide range of outside agencies, other colleagues in the field, and the public; and perform related duties as assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and/or experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be at least one (1) year of continuous experience as a full-time, paid Firefighter/Paramedic with a local, state, Federal, or tribal fire department or fire district and training equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.  An Associate’s degree in Fire Science/Technology is highly desirable.

Special Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a license as an EMT-P with the State of California is required at time of application and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.
  • Possession of a current EMT-P accreditation with the County of San Diego EMS Office is required at the time of appointment.
  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License at time of appointment.
  • Valid California Class C California Driver’s License with Firefighter Endorsement within 12 months of employment.
  • Fire Fighter I and Fire Firefighter II Certifications are highly desirable.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: Emergency medical basic and advanced life support principles and procedures; general principles and practices of fire suppression, emergency medical response, rescue, hazardous materials and fire prevention; San Diego County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regulations, protocols and procedures; Federal, State and local laws, regulations and standards related to firefighting and para-medicine; Chula Vista Fire Department operations, such as rescue, firefighting, radio communications, Incident Command System (ICS), fire protection equipment and systems, fire behavior, hazardous materials and water systems; maintenance and repair of vehicles, apparatus, equipment and fire hydrants; local geographical response factors; English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; basic mathematics, chemistry, and physics of fire behavior and hazardous materials; safety practices and procedures; computer related equipment and software applications related to assignment;  requirements and standards as defined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1002.  Ability to: learn new skills and methods quickly and accurately; perform physical duties associated with firefighting and rescues; work in a variety of weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, wind, dust, etc.) and in extremely hazardous situations; work 24-hour shifts, weekends and holidays; work variable shifts and overtime, as required; perform life saving techniques to victims; maintain and participate in continuing education (CE) requirements associated with a paramedic license/accreditation with the State of California and County of San Diego; learn and follow City policies and procedures; learn and follow Department rules and regulations; read and understand printed information during emergency calls; follow written and verbal orders from supervisors; work effectively as a team member of a company, battalion, department, and/or special project groups by following orders, consistently following through with duties/assignments and living harmoniously with co-workers; attend meetings and training activities; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; operate, maintain, inspect and repair vehicles, apparatus and equipment; clean and maintain fire station and grounds; conduct fire inspections and school safety drills; teach classes and participate in public edication demonstrations and activities; operate computer related equipment and software applications related to assignment; write comprehensive reports and maintain accurate records; wear approved uniform; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; and work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Must be able to perform a wide range of physical duties to include: reading and comprehending English, taking written and practical tests, stooping, lifting heavy objects (100 lbs.), running, walking on uneven surfaces, climbing ladders, pulling heavy hoses, wearing heavy equipment, carrying heavy objects, crawling, map memorization, reading technical manuals, reading signs and labels quickly, and other related physical duties.  Work is performed in a variety of weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, wind, dust, etc.) and in extremely hazardous situations such as, at heights, in confined spaces, at temperature extremes, around crowds, with loud noises, with limited visibility, in the presence of hazardous materials, in the presence of victims of death and/or dismemberment.

 Additional Information:

Recruitment No. 19561301


Recruitment and Selection Process/Timeline
To be considered, applicants must submit an online City Application with Supplemental Questionnaire and the required certification by 12:00 p.m. on the closing date listed. Candidates whose applications indicate education and experience most directly related to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process as noted below. All notices will be sent via e-mail.
Unless otherwise noted, a passing score must be achieved at each step of the selection process in order to have your name placed on the City of Chula Vista’s  eligibility list for hiring consideration.The examination materials for this recruitment are validated, copyrighted and/or inappropriate for review.

Step 1.  Application Review: Applications will be screened to ensure the following requirements are met:

  • A copy of your valid California or National Registry EMT-P card must be attached to your online application.  Applications without a copy of a valid EMT -P card will be disqualified, regardless of the reason (e.g. awaiting receipt due to renewal process, recent testing, State issuance backlog, etc.)
Please do not submit any other certifications, licenses, resumes, letters of reference, etc. as they will not be considered at this time
Step 2.  Supplemental Questionnaire: The supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and may be used to determine the most highly qualified candidates.

Step 4. EMS Skills Performance Test (Megacode) The performance test wil test the candidate’s knowledge and skill in patient evaluation and treatment. Tentatively scheduled for the week of March 11, 2019.

Step 4. Oral Board Interview: The interview will evaluate the candidate’s motivation, interest, education, experience and professional qualifications for the position. All patient simulations will be based on San Diego County Treatment Guidelines, which can be found by clicking hereTentatively scheduled for the week of April 1, 2019

Step 5.  Fire Battalion Chiefs’ Interview  Tentatively scheduled for the week of May 6, 2019.

Step 6. Fire Chief’s Interview  Tentatively scheduled for the week of June 3, 2019.

Step 7.  Post-Offer, Background Investigation: Candidates will be required to complete a thorough background investigation, including polygraph and Live Scan through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Step 8. Post-Offer, Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluation and Medical Examination


The eligibility lists established as a result of this recruitment will be for a duration of six (6) months, unless otherwise extended.

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


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