Firefighter/Paramedic – Lateral Transfer: South San Francisco California Deadline: May 4, 2018

Firefighter/Paramedic – Lateral Transfer

Deadline: May 4, 2018

Salary: $8,498.00-$10,327.00 Monthly

Job Description:

Applications are being accepted for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter – Entry-level and Lateral Transfer and with the City of South San Francisco.






The City of South San Francisco is a fully independent and highly commercialized full-service City with an estimated population of 65,710 growing to 100,000 during business hours. City departments include: Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Economic and Community Development; Public Works, Information Technology; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Human Resources; and Office of the City Manager. The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 400 full-and part-time employees.

South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. The City is also located along the Bay Area’s main transportation routes, including highway 101, highway 280, Caltrain, San Francisco International Airport, and Bay Area Rapid Transit District commuter rail system. South San Francisco is the birthplace of the biotechnology industry, housing over 200 biotech companies.



Incumbents perform paramedic ambulance transport services, engage in medical aid, firefighting, and all other suppression and prevention activities to protect life and property; drive, operate, and maintain fire apparatus and equipment; assist and participate in training, inspections, and related fire prevention and public education activities. 



The South San Francisco Fire Department is comprised of 92 talented and dedicated staff that includes a Fire Chief, a Deputy Fire Chief, a Fire Marshal, four (4) Battalion Chiefs, an Emergency Medical Services Battalion Chief, 15 Fire Captains, an Emergency Services Manager, 39 Paramedic/Firefighters, 15 Engineers, four (4) Safety Inspectors, a contract Safety Inspector, a Management Analyst, a Senior Administrative Assistant, an Administrative Assistant I, an Accounting Assistant II and an Office Specialist.

The Fire Department operates five (5) fire stations throughout the City which are staffed 24-hours per day, plus an Emergency Operations Center and Fire Training Tower. Two fire stations have paramedic ambulances. The City of South San Francisco is the only Fire Department in San Mateo County providing its own paramedic transport services. The Paramedic ambulances respond to medical emergencies, as well as structure fires and other hazardous incidents. The City is replacing and expanding two (2) of the existing fire stations, modernizing and relocating the facilities to better serve the public.



The South San Francisco Fire Department exists to protect the members of our residential and business communities, our neighbors and visitors, their property, and environment.  We will work to prevent injury and damage through education, fire prevention and municipal code enforcement, and to respond to the impact of fire, medical emergencies, natural and human-caused disasters, and release of hazardous materials. 



An eligible employment list will be created for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter, and will be used to fill current and future vacancies.  This classification encompasses the full range of firefighter duties and Paramedic Ambulance Transport Services.  Incumbents currently work a 2/4 work schedule with a 24-day work cycle (2/24 hour shifts with 4 days off). Training is provided to protect life, property, and the environment from the risks of fire,  explosion, and hazardous materials. 



Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. 


Entry Level: None required. Two years’ work experience as a field paramedic is preferred.

Lateral: Two years as a paramedic/firefighter in a California city or county within the last five years of application. Successful completion of probationary period within the two years as paramedic/firefighter is required.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade and successful completion of six units of college-level fire science coursework or successful completion of Firefighter I curriculum.

Licenses and Certificates:

  1. Possession of a current State of California EMT-P or current National Registry Paramedic Certification. With National Registry Certification, you must obtain a current State of California EMT-P prior to appointment.
  2. Ability to meet California Department of Motor Vehicle and departmental requirements to operate fire apparatus.
  3. Possession of current certification or successful completion of the equivalent of the following prior to the departmental appointment:
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) curriculum or Pediatric Education for the Pre-hospital Provider (PEPP) curriculum.
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR Health Care Provider card (CPR and AED)
    • Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS) curriculum.
    • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) or Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) or International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) curriculum.
    • Possessions of current CPAT card (Candidate Physical Ability Test) earned within 12 months of conditional offer.
    • Possession of a valid Driver’s License, with ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s License prior to appointment.
    • Firefighter I certification or transcript copies of 6 units college-level fire science coursework.

Handwritten certifications will not be accepted (includes name and date).

  1. Accredited by San Mateo County EMSA prior to appointment.
  2. May be required to obtain CPR Instructor’s Certificate.

Age: Minimum of 21 years of age at time of the examination.



The Examination Process will consist of the following independent parts:

  1. Applicants must be active on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List. The South San Francisco Fire Department will receive a list of eligible candidates from FCTC. If you are currently not on the list, visit to register and to find out the minimum qualifications to be placed on the Statewide Eligibility List.

2. Examination process will consist of a review of application material and responses to supplemental checklist.

  1. Candidates with complete application including a verified FCTC score of 70% and above will be placed on the City of South San Francisco’s Eligible Employment List which is valid for one year. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and/or placement on the South San Francisco eligible employment list.

Candidates must pass all parts of the selection process in order to be considered for employment. Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred. Top scoring candidates placed on the eligible list will be invited to the next phase of the selection process and will consist of a departmental oral interview. Candidates invited to the departmental selection interviews will need to submit all other required certifications mentioned on this job announcement.

At the time an employment offer is made, applicants are required to take medical and psychological examinations, polygraph, drug screen test, undergo a background investigation, and must be able to furnish proof of legal right to work within the United States. The City’s standards must be met before a final appointment is made.

Points will be added to the final passing score for veterans in accordance with the City’s policy. DD214 must be submitted with application for veteran’s credit.


Ideal Candidate


The ideal Paramedic/Firefighter should be able to:

  • Operate in physically and emotionally demanding environments associated with firefighting, rescue, emergency medical, and related duties.
  • Learn to drive and operate pumpers, trucks, ambulances, and aerial apparatus with care and safety in accordance with traffic laws. 
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies.
  • Comfort and deal effectively with distraught victims and families.
  • Learn basic operation and mechanics of firefighting equipment, locations, streets, and the location of hydrants, mains, and major traffic and fire hazards.
  • Communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing in a legible manner; using proper English and enunciation
  • Learn and effectively apply city and state fire codes and associated laws.
  • Commit to a rewarding career which requires excellent customer service skills, ethical habits, and lifelong learning.




Recruit Salary: $8,091/monthly

Paramedic/Firefighter Salary: $8,498 – $10,327/monthly


Retirement: Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System with survivor‘s benefit. In compliance to AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is either 3% @ 55; employee pays approximately 10% of pay (8% for miscellaneous members), OR 2.7% at age 57, employee pays approximately 12% of pay, depending on the individual’s eligibility. Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after retirement account.

Overtime: Time and one-half for all overtime.

Holidays: Fourteen paid holidays per year including one floating holiday.

Vacation: 144 hours up to 432 hours annual vacation, depending on length of service.

Health Insurance: City offers choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental core plan premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees contribute 10% of the HMO health premium cost based on the category of coverage (single, two, family). For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. The City offers a discretionary benefit option for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere. Long-term disability insurance available through California Association of Professional Firefighters.

Programs: Employee Assistance Plan, Long Term Care Plan, Credit Union, Deferred Compensation, Education Incentive Pay, Uniform Allowance are available to City employees.

Bilingual Pay: Premium pay of 2.5% for employees who speak designated languages of Spanish, Tagalog, or American Sign. (Qualifications determined through testing procedures).

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit’ employees may be required to join and/or pay an equivalent service fee.

Special Instructions


Please make sure that your entire application packet is complete. An application without a completed questionnaire and an uploaded copy of your current CA EMT-P or National Registry Paramedic Certification will not be considered.

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

Leave a Reply