Firefighter/Paramedic: Chula Vista California Deadline: January 6, 2016

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Deadline: January 6, 2016

Salary: $5,607.90 – $6,816.44 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.

Supervision Received:

Receives supervision from an assigned Fire Captain. Receives direction through San Diego County EMS protocols and from the EMS Nurse Coordinator and Medical Director.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The Firefighter/ Paramedic is a uniformed member of the department. This position supports dual responsibilities as a paramedic and as a firefighter and is utilized in both types of assignments as needed.

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

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; use hand and power tools to make forced entries and ventilation openings; 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 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:

1  Possession of a current Paramedic license with the State of California is required at the time of application.

2  Possession of a San Diego County Paramedic Accreditation card is required upon offer of employment and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

3  Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card at time of application.

4  Valid California Class C Driver’s License at time of appointment.

5  Candidates must have a valid CPAT card within the following date range: July 2015 through date of hire.  The CPAT is in lieu of an agilities exam.  For more information on the CPAT certification, please visit the following website:

6  Valid California Class C California Driver’s License with Firefighter Endorsement within 12 months of employment.

7  Fire Fighter I and Fire Firefighter II Certifications are highly desirable.

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

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 education 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

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.

Working Environment

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. 15561310

To be considered, applicants must submit a City Application by 4:00 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. All notices will be sent via e-mail.

A copy of your valid California EMT-P card must be submitted at the time of application.  The attachment of your EMT-P card to your on-line application is preferred.  Other options include scanning and e-mailing a copy of the card to or drop-off in person (City of Chula Vista, Human Resources Department, 276 4th Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910).  All copies must be received in Human Resources by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2015.  The City will not make copies of documents.

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).  There will be no exceptions.


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

Step 2. Supplemental Questionnaire: May be evaluated and scored.  If scored, only the applicants with the highest scores on the supplemental questionnaire will continue in the process.   

Step 3. Oral Board Interview: Will evaluate the candidate’s motivation, interest, education, experience and personal qualifications for the position. A passing score received at the interview will determine the candidates’ placement on the eligibility list. The highest-ranking candidates will be invited to the mega code skills performance test.  TENTATIVE interview dates: January 19 – 22, 2016

Step 4. Mega Code Skills Performance Test:  Will test the candidate’s knowledge and skill in patient evaluation and treatment.  Performance test dates: To be determined.

Step 5. Fire Chief  InterviewHiring interview for top candidates on the eligibility list that have passed the Mega Code Skills performance test.

Step 6. Background Investigation: Candidates will be required to complete a thorough background investigation, including voice stress analysis (VSA).

Step 7.  Contingent Offer:   Employment offer will be made contingent upon passing the post-offer, pre-employment medical exam and drug screen.

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 eligibility list for hiring consideration.  The examination materials for this recruitment are validated, copyrighted and/or inappropriate for review.

Basic Retirement Information

The City contracts with CalPERS for the provisions of its retirement benefits as set forth in the California Government Code and California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013.

Anyone hired through this recruitment will be placed in Tier 3 for retirement, except those currently in CalPERS (prior to 01/01/2013) or in a reciprocal agency without a break in service.

Tier 2 – Retirement Local Safety 3% @ 55 Employee Deduction: 9%

Tier 2  – A CalPERS member prior to 01/01/2013; or transferring from a reciprocal Agency

Tier 3 – Retirement Local Safety 2.7% @ 57 Employee Deduction: 12.25%

Tier 3 – New CalPERS members with the City of Chula Vista on or after 01/01/2013.

Please click on the benefits tab for a full listing of benefits for this position.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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