Firefighter/Paramedic: Dubuque Iowa Deadline: August 1, 2018

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Deadline: August 1, 2018

Salary: $53,617.00 – $62,848.00 Annually

Job Description:

Firefighter/Paramedic Civil Service ApplicationTo register to participate in the examination process for Firefighter/Paramedic, please print, complete and return the civil service application to the City Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2018. You may EMAIL ( or FAX (563-690-6025) the civil service application to the Personnel Office.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under supervision, responds to fire alarms, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, high angle, confined space and river rescues and other emergencies; performs primary patient care under medical protocols or on-line medical control; occasionally drives fire apparatus and emergency medical vehicles; participates in fire prevention, inspections, station maintenance and training activities; performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The employee in this class is responsible for performing hazardous tasks under emergency conditions. The work in this class demands heavy physical labor for periods of varying duration under hazardous conditions and in all weather conditions. This includes but is not limited to climbing aerial ladders, working in confined areas and in smoke/filled limited visibility environments. This includes the wearing of self-contained breathing apparatus and working in a fully encapsulated hazardous materials suit. In addition, technical rescue requires the ability to work while suspended from ropes while wearing a full body harness and also operating in an ice/water rescue environment. The work requires adherence to departmental rules and regulations. Supervisors make assignments of specific tasks and indicate methods and procedures to be followed. Assignments may be made through either oral or written instructions. The work is closely inspected in process and upon completion.

 Examples of Duties:


ESSENTIAL: Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires, including rescue, entry, ventilating and salvage work; adheres to scene safety standards; operates equipment and assists in the suppression of fires and in the protection of life and property; participates in overhaul of fire scenes (post extinguishment), performs clean-up and helps prepare equipment and vehicles for further alarms; responds as a member of a two person ambulance team performing patient care, emergency driving, documentation and cleanup of ambulance vehicles; operates and troubleshoots life support equipment; assists in maintaining the readiness of the ambulance fleet and equipment; assists in maintaining fire apparatus, ambulances and equipment, fire stations and grounds; participates in continuing training and instruction programs by individual study of technical matter and attendance at scheduled drills and classes; performs fire prevention inspections and rental housing inspections; acts as a paramedic responder to emergency medical and accident calls; responds to major alarms while off duty when required; through certified continuing education programs maintains State of Iowa certification as a paramedic; responds to citizens questions in a courteous, timely and equitable manner; participates in the City’s intercultural competency training program.

 Typical Qualifications:


ESSENTIAL: Ability to read and understand department policies, rules and regulations and fire codes; ability to analyze situations and adopt a quick and effective reasonable course of action giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation; ability to write clear and accurate reports; physical agility; ability to understand and follow oral and written directions; ability to learn technical firefighting principles and techniques and principles of hydraulics applied to fire suppression; ability to maintain certification as a State of Iowa Paramedic; ability to operate and manipulate fire apparatus; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with employees and the general public; ability to function under extreme physical and mental stress; ability to perform heavy physical labor and maintain a high degree of physical fitness; knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion; demonstrated ability to follow a management style that is input oriented and values equity, problem solving and the development of partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team; desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork.

ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent; experience working with a diverse workforce; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities.

 Supplemental Information:

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of or the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Iowa Class “D” Chauffeur’s license. Possession of a current State of Iowa Paramedic certification at the time of appointment.

CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: The Civil Service Commission will be conducting a written entrance examination and physical agility test for this position on October 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, located at 14928 Public Safety Way in Dubuque, Iowa. Registration for the written examination will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please bring a photo identification to the examination. At the time of the written examination, applicants must be 18 years of age or older; possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; possess a current State of Iowa Paramedic Certification or be eligible for Iowa endorsement of another state’s paramedic certification or the National Registry’s Paramedic Credentials; or have completed or be enrolled in a certified paramedic training program that will make the candidate eligible for Iowa endorsement upon completion of the program. A Pre-employment drug screen will be administered prior to appointment.

APPLICATION: Please submit a Firefighter/Paramedic Civil Service Application (required document) to the City Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2018. Application packets may be obtained in the City Personnel Office, City Hall, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4864. The Personnel Office may be contacted at 563-589-4125 or Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

SPECIAL NEEDS/DISABILITY SERVICES: Persons taking the Civil Service test for this position, who may need reasonable accommodations or other service requirements during the administration of the test, should notify the Personnel Office at 589-4125 by August 1, 2018.


Firefighter/Paramedic Benefit Summary

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

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