Firefighter/Paramedic: DeSoto Texas Deadline: May 12, 2017


Deadline: May 12, 2017

Salary: $48,225.00 Annually

Job Description:


The purpose of this position is to provide fire suppression, rescue and emergency services. This is accomplished by responding to calls for service; providing emergency medical care; responding to hazardous materials scenes; completing firefighting and rescue activities; assisting with fire investigations; providing public education; and conducting pre-fire planning and safety surveys. Other duties include maintaining equipment and fire stations; conducting tours; inspecting fire hydrants; and inspecting equipment.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Completes fire suppression activities by driving assigned apparatus to and from emergencies; laying and connecting hoses; maintaining pumping apparatus; ventilating structures; searching for hidden fires; operating hose lines; climbing ladders; searching for victims; and eliminating the possibility of rekindling.
  • Provides emergency medical services by answering calls and responding to requests for service; extricating victims from accident scenes; lifting and transporting patients; checking vital signs; and providing life support and emergency medical treatment.
  • Educates the public by providing instruction on fire prevention; overseeing fire drills; conducting fire station tours; facilitating first aid classes; conducting fire safety surveys; developing pre-fire plans; and answering general questions.
  • Maintains the fire station by cleaning the facility; maintaining the grounds; completing preventive maintenance and repairs on the facility and apparatus; cleaning, inspecting and replacing hoses, inspecting equipment and apparatus; and maintaining protective equipment.
  • Assists with fire investigations by reviewing information and preserving evidence.


Minimum Qualifications to participate in the test on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. are as follows:
  • Minimum age is 21 and maximum age is 35
  • United States citizen
  • Graduation from an accredited high school OR possession of an equivalency certificate
  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record
  • No illegal drug use within the past three (3) years


  • Certification as a Paramedic, as issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians AND/OR
  • Certification as a Basic Firefighter, as issued by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection
  1. Driver’s License
  2. DD214 for Veteran Points
  3. A Completed Personal History Statement (click this link to download)
The test will be held at the following location: DeSoto ISD Freshman (9th) Grade Campus Cafeteria, 620 South Westmoreland Road, DeSoto, Texas 75115.

The attire for the examination is business casual. Please bring additional clothing for the physical agility test that will be administered immediately after the written examination, weather allowing.

Applicants must pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70 percent. The entrance examination must be completed within two (2) hours and will consist of a written examination from which the eligibility list shall be established and will remain in effect for six (6) months, or until exhausted.

Individuals with disabilities who will need reasonable accommodation to complete testing must contact the Civil Service Director at 972-230-9601 at least two weeks prior to the scheduled test date. Documentation supporting the need for accommodation will be required.

Supplemental Information

  • Skill in the operation and use of standard office software which includes databases and presentation programs, along with standard Microsoft products
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers, the public, and elected and appointed officials
  • Ability to successfully complete the written exam, rigorous physical agility, psychological and polygraph testing, and additional background screening and investigation

Study Guide is available online at on the Fire Department page.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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