Firefighter/Paramedic: Fort Lauderdale Florida Deadline: May 26, 2017

Firefighter/Paramedic

Deadline: May 26, 2017

Salary: $49,296.00 – $75,828.48 Annually

Job Description:

The City of Fort Lauderdale is seeking dynamic and goal-driven employees.  Employees that are motivated to take on today’s greatest challenges and rewards in the field of local public service.  Employees who are passionate about making a difference and achieving our mission:  We Build Community, in a fast-paced organization that operates by vision, strategy, and action.  Would you fit in?  Apply now.

This is skilled, specialized work of varied difficulty combating, extinguishing and preventing fires; performing rescue and emergency medical services and/or performing special assignment duties in auxiliary service in support of the Fire Department’s programs.

NOTE:  The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description.

This job classification is included within the bargaining unit represented by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)  and therefore is subject to the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Fort Lauderdale and the IAFF Employees.

THE REQUIREMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS –  Applicants are required to complete the City of Fort Lauderdale on-line application, upload the Pre-Job Offer Questionnaire and upload copies of the following documents:

1.  HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED – Possession of a high school diploma from outside of the United States is acceptable only if accompanied by evidence of equivalence from a recognized agency.

2.  DRIVER’S LICENSE HISTORY – Provide a copy of your current complete driver’s license history issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles or Clerk of Courts for each State you held a driver’s license (must be within the last 90 days of application).  Also list in item #15 of the on-line application, all traffic citations received within the last seven (7) years, include dates, offense, issuing agency, and disposition of case. List tickets even if they do not appear on our driving record or  you attended traffic school and no points are listed on your driving record.

3. STATE OF FLORIDA CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE, CERTIFICATE OF  STATUTORY COMPLIANCE OR CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING – Proof of renewal from the State of Florida must be included if certification is older that 4 years, if applicant is not employed by a Fire Department.

4.  STATE OF FLORIDA PARAMEDIC LICENSE – Provide a copy of your current state of Florida Paramedic Certification.

NOTE:  Applicants showing proof of completion of at least 834 hours in a Paramedic Program will be accepted. Such proof must be provided at time of application and must be on school letterhead. Letter must include enrollment date, time in program, number of hours completed and expected date of graduation.

Paramedic/Firefighters who are not Florida Certified or who possess National Registry Certifications should contact the Division of State Fire Marshal and the Florida Department of Health for more information about becoming Certified in the State of Florida.

5.   AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA) ACLS CERTIFICATE OR EQUIVALENT.

6.   EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR CERTIFICATE (EVOC) – Minimum 16-hour course.

7.  HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CARD FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION – CPR and AED.

8.  COUNTY-WIDE PHYSICAL ABILITY CARD – The County-Wide Physical Ability card can be submitted at anytime during the recruitment process. Applicants must complete their physical ability test at the Broward Fire Academy or the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety. If employed by a fire jurisdiction in a paid, full-time position within the Tri-county area, the results of the physical ability test will be good for three (3) years from the date your card was issued. If NOT employed in a paid position by a fire jurisdiction in the Tri-County area, the physical ability card is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue.

Candidates who have not taken a physical ability or who have cards that have expired will be required to pass this physical ability exam in order to remain on the eligible/hiring register. Candidates who are in the final stages of being processed for hire will be responsible for registering and completing the physical ability exam by date of hire.9.  NOTARIZED PRE-JOB OFFER QUESTIONNAIRE (PJQ) – This document must be completed by the applicant, NOTARIZED and submitted with the on-line application. It may be typed or handwritten neatly and legibly and scanned as one document. If this document is not ATTACHED to your on-line application it will not be moved forward in the application process.  It is strongly recommended that you complete the PJQ before filling out an application on-line so that the PJQ is readily available to upload as an attachment with your on-line application. Applicants using MAC, please refer to the information regarding saving your Pre-Job Offer Questionnaire.  

To access the PJQ click here (PJQ form).  The PJQ will be reviewed during the preliminary background review of your application packet and at several stages throughout the selection process including your interview and background investigation.  In answering this questionnaire, absolute honesty is important.  Exaggerated, misleading or false statements will eliminate the applicant from the employment process.  Please be sure to double check that your answers are accurate and complete.

10. FIRE-RESCUE TOBACCO WAIVER AND FIRE-RESCUE WAIVER OF CONFIDENTIAL RECORDS. – Both documents must be NOTARIZED.

11.  DD214 MILITARY RELEASE FORM (if applicable) MEMBER 4 COPY AND J-204 FORM. Your DD214 must show type of separation and character of service to be acceptable.

12.  COURT DISPOSITION – All documents related to any criminal convictions to include police report and court disposition must be turned in at time of application.

PJQ, tobacco waiver, waiver of confidential records and J-204 form can also be accessed on the City of Fort Lauderdale main website: human resources page, employee forms, talent management form center. 

Attention MAC Users: Do not use the MAC application “Previewer” function when saving your Pre-Job Offer Questionnaire (PJQ), as it cannot be reviewed by our agency. In order for your questionnaire to be reviewed by our agency, it must be saved in an appropriate format, such as Microsoft Word for Windows document (*.doc) or converted to a Microsoft Word for PDF file. PJQs submitted in any other format are not visible for application screening purposes and, unfortunately, will not be accepted.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Be at least 18 years old.

Been a non-smoker/non-user of tobacco (any form) for at least one (1) year prior to application, remain smoke free during  application process, and agree not to smoke or use tobacco (in any form) on or off duty during the tenure of their employment.

WORK HISTORY – Your work history must include all positions held since the age of 18 to present. (Attach additional sheets to application if necessary.) All gaps in work history longer than 3 months must be explained even if you were attending school full-time.
PLEASE NOTE: If work history is not complete, you will not be processed.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT AS A PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER

Part of this qualification process is an accurate assessment of the character of the candidate. Much emphasis is placed upon your character, and as such, indications of your honesty and integrity begin with the submission of your application. All information must be true, accurate and without omission on this and all other forms submitted for processing, as well as in all other phases of the testing process. This is a critical facet, which will be verified via a comprehensive background investigation.

Areas of questioning will include, but not be limited to, the following:

I. ANY PAST CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ON THE PART OF THE APPLICANT.
II. COMPLETENESS AND TRUTHFULNESS OF ALL STATEMENTS MADE DURING THE SELECTION PROCESS.
III. ANY PAST OR PRESENT USE OF DRUGS.

The present standards of the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department would DISQUALIFY an applicant if any of the following were applicable:

1. Use of illegal drugs or use of any tobacco products within ONE YEAR of the date of the application being submitted.

2. Any use of illegal drugs after having been employed by a fire agency, or in a firefighter or medic capacity (including Military Service as a firefighter or medic).

3. Accumulation of eight (8) points of more within the past thirty-six (36) months. Four (4) or more moving violations within the past thirty six (36) months (regardless of adjudication withheld for points).

4. A suspension of driver’s license within the past thirty-six (36) months.

5. A conviction (or case pending ) for DUI, DWI, or Hit and Run within the past five (5) years.

6. Any significant negative driving history determined by management review of all facts.

These are guidelines and are not limited to the items listed in this package. A background investigation will be conducted as part of the testing process to determine if the “moral character” of the candidate is appropriate for employment as a Paramedic/Firefighter. “Moral Character” is determined by examination of the life experiences of the candidate including, but not limited to, the above factors. Other factors, such as past illegal drug use, history of criminal activity, incidents of theft, prior work history, and driving history, will be considered.

THE EXAMINATION AND HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants will be provided with specific information regarding the testing process upon approval of the application.  Must successfully pass the background investigation and medical, including drug screen.

Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each weighted part of the examination in order to qualify.

An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran’s preference, candidates MUST submit a copy of separation papers and the City of Fort Lauderdale’s veteran’s preference claim form (J204).

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

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