Firefighter/Paramedic (Lateral): Sacramento California Deadline: July 1, 2016


Firefighter/Paramedic (Lateral)

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Salary: $67,521.23 – $82,072.48 annually

Job Description:

Salary: $23.18 – $28.18 hourly

$67,521.23 – $82,072.48 annually

The City of Sacramento provides a competitive compensation package (salary plus incentive pay and benefits) for Fire/Paramedic. Please click the following link and you will find a complete listing of the incentives in the Sacramento Area Firefighters, Local 522 Labor agreement, under Article 15:



To protect life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires and to perform emergency medical assistance.


Firefighter is a journey-level classification. It reports to the respective company officer in the fire Suppression Division and/or to the Fire Captain in the Emergency Medical Services Division. During medical emergencies, the Firefighter may report to a Fire/Paramedic Captain for medical/clinical issues. Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of duties of a Firefighter. The classification is distinguished from Fire Recruit in that the latter is a training classification used during the Sacramento Fire Department Fire Academy.


General supervision is provided by fire company officers.


Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1  Respond to fire with a fire company, enter burning buildings with hose lines, operate nozzles, and extinguish the fire as directed.

2  Operate hand fire extinguishers, fog nozzles, and similar equipment in extinguishing fires; raise, lower, and climb ladders; and ventilate burning buildings to carry off smoke and gases.

3  Respond to emergency medical calls and provide basic life support for ill and injured persons; may provide advanced life support for critically ill and injured persons.

4  Render emergency care in accordance with the provisions of Sacramento County EMS policies and procedures.

5  Rescue persons from danger and administer medical aid as necessary.

6  Perform salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, evacuating water, removing debris, and performing general clean-up at the fire scene.

7  Perform routine housekeeping duties at a fire station, such as mowing grass, making beds, cleaning walls, washing windows, and sweeping floors.

8  Perform limited repair and maintenance work on fire equipment and apparatus.

9  Attend in-service training sessions to learn firefighting strategies and tactics, equipment operation, medical aid, and street and hydrant locations.

10 Perform business inspections.

11 Conduct public education programs.

12 Promote fire safety and burn prevention among public contacts.

13 Operate ambulances.

14 Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

•  Modern principles and practices of fire suppression, hazardous materials mitigation, fire suppression, and emergency medical services.

•  Functions, characteristics, and proper use and maintenance of medical and firefighting equipment and supplies.

•  Current laws and regulations pertaining to fire prevention and safety.

•  City geography.

•  Fire hazards.

•  Firefighting and medical resources.

Ability to:

1  Understand and learn firefighting and emergency medical information from oral and written sources.

2  Read and write the English language at a level necessary for efficient performance.

3  Understand and apply mechanical diagrams and concepts.

4  Understand and follow oral instructions.

5  Work long hours under stressful conditions.

6  Apply a wide variety of firefighting duties, methods, and procedures including the operation of firefighting apparatus, equipment, and tools.

7  Perform physical and strenuous firefighting and emergency medical work requiring physical strength, coordination, endurance, and flexibility.

8  Establish and maintain cooperative relations with others.

9  Communicate clearly and concisely with others, both verbally and in writing.

Education and Experience:

Lateral Entry


Current employment as a full-time Firefighter or current placement on the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) rehire list; and must have successfully completed probation in current or past fire department; and have two years of continuous experience as a paid full-time career Firefighter.



Possession of a valid California or National Registry EMT certificate; or possession of a valid California or National Registry Paramedic License; and possession of a California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1 certificate; and must be able to successfully complete the Sacramento Fire Department sponsored Lateral Fire Academy; and a high school diploma or G.E.D equivalent.

Proof of Certification:

Proof of a valid California or National Registry EMT certificate; or possession of a valid California or National Registry Paramedic License and possession of a California State Fire Marshal Firefighter 1 certificate must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, or fax to (916) 808-8567 by the final filing deadline (5:00 pm on Friday, JULY 01, 2016). If submitting in person or via fax, please include your name and Recruitment #005010-16 on your documents.



Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the driver license is cause for discipline. This requirement may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for individuals with disabilities.

Medical Examination / Drug Test:

If considered for appointment, candidates must pass a medical examination and a drug test.


If considered for appointment, candidates must pass a background investigation, which may include a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, polygraph test, psychology exam and drug use history.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate:

Possession of a valid CPAT Certificate at time of appointment; in addition, the certificate must have been issued within 12 months from the start date of the Sacramento Fire Department Fire Academy.

Physical Performance:

Incumbents hired after June 30, 1990, shall be required, as a condition of continued employment, to participate in an annual physical performance assessment or participate in the Fitness in the Firehouse Program. Refusal to participate shall subject the incumbent to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Residency Requirement:

Employees in this classification must reside within thirty-five (35) air miles from the freeway interchange at W-X Streets, 29th – 30th Streets within one year following appointment.

Respiratory Protective Equipment:

Work in this classification requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.

Probationary Period:

Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.


1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline (5:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2016);

1  Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.

2  Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:

If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the “Work Experience” section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 paid hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).

If “see resume” is noted in the “Work Experience” section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the “Work Experience” section.

3  Proof of required certification must be submitted by the final filing deadline (5:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2016).

2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire to the City of Sacramento Employment Office by the final filing deadline;

1  Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.

2  Incomplete supplemental questionnaires will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.

3  A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.

3. CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test): – Applicants will be required to complete and pass the CPAT test prior to entering the Fire Academy. This test includes several sequential events that must be completed within a specified time limit. (This test is given by a private company and must be done on your own time. Please call (877) 648-2728 or for fees and registration information.)

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

City’s Website Click HERE

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