Firefighter/Paramedic: District of Columbia Deadline: June 9, 2017


Deadline: June 9, 2017

Salary: $56,212.00 – $95,613.00 Annually

Job Description:

This position is located in the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS). DCFEMS provides fire suppression, technical rescue, fire prevention and education, and pre-hospital emergency medical care and transportation services to people within the District in order to protect life and property. A Firefighter/Paramedic is assigned to one of approximately thirty-three fire stations throughout the District of Columbia. Incumbent will primarily travel by Medic Unit and Fire Unit in a prompt and efficient manner in response to calls for emergency medical care of critically ill or injured patients. Incumbent assesses, evaluates and stabilizes patient’s condition at the site of the emergency. Initiates and maintains advanced life support treatment under the direction of the Medical Director, and/or Platoon Supervisor. He/she performs as a firefighter responding to known and unknown emergency calls. He/she drives and operates firefighting apparatus of significant complexity and may perform firefighting and rescue operations in conditions of extreme heat and zero visibility. Wears self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for extended periods of time. This is a Union position.

Area of consideration – Open to the public
This position is covered under collective bargaining unit Local 36
Durations of Appointment – Permanent
Number of Vacancies – Several

Be a U.S. citizen at the time of appointment.
Must have reached the age of 19 as of the date of application.
Possess a high school diploma or a certificate of equivalency (GED) issued by a recognized department of education.
Pass a scheduled candidate physical ability test (C-PAT).
Pass a urinalysis test for absence of substance or drug abuse.
Pass a thorough medical examination (including x-rays, hearing, vision, and other laboratory tests).
Pass through a background investigation of character and personal history (ex, prior employers, law enforcement agencies, etc.) to determine suitability for appointment as a Paramedic Firefighter.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
Current valid National Registry EMT- Paramedic (NREMT- P), or National Registry Paramedic (NRP) Certification.
Valid Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) AHA card.
Valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) AHA card.
Maintenance of a current valid driver’s license is required.
Successfully complete the Basic Probation Training Course and Evaluation Program.

Other Significant Factors
Must maintain the following minimum certifications for the duration of employment: Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, National Registry Paramedic (NRP), DC Department of Health Paramedic, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card, and any other certifications that may subsequently be required to maintain qualifications as a Firefighter/Paramedic.

Must maintain ability to pass self- contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) face-piece fit testing as required by OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 29CFR1910.134.

Must maintain physical fitness as defined by ability to successfully complete annual timed fitness testing.

Must have a high school diploma or a certificate of equivalency (GED) issued by a recognized department of education.

Work Experience 
Must have a minimum of one year operational experience in a 911 or critical care system as an Advanced Lift Support Provider as an NREMT-P or NRP level, or equivalent experience. Equivalent experience must include experience that has provided the applicant with clinical skill in the knowledge and application of pre-hospital basic and advance life support emergency medical care and the resulting ability to perform such care at an expert level of competency.

Work Environment 
Incumbent rides emergency vehicles above the speed limit as directed by the DOT and following all driving regulations and maintains awareness of all safe driving practices. Position involves exposure to all weather conditions and noise levels that are often difficult to talk above. The incumbent is exposed to irritation or discomfort from heat, smoke, dust, gaseous fumes, water, and working in confined spaces (i.e. tunnels), radiation and chemicals. Strict adherence to policy, procedures and guidelines, including wearing of specified protective clothing and gear required to reduce the dangers and irritations potentials.
Incumbent lives in close proximity with others in dormitory-type environment for 24-hours (or longer) work shifts, sharing kitchen space, sleeping, cleaning, bathing, and restroom facilities. Incumbent is responsible for basic housekeeping and routine maintenance of this environment.

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

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