Firefighter/Paramedic: Ocoee Florida Open Until Filled

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Deadline: Open Until Filled

Salary: $36,900 – (Paramedic Incentive is $7,250 additional) Annually

Job Description:

Under direction, performs highly responsible work involving the prevention and suppression of fires, and skilled lifesaving and technical emergency medical services work in the field. The employee is responsible for responding to emergency situations and assisting in the control and resolution of the situation. The employee works within the scope of established Fire Department rules, regulations and procedures, however, is expected to exercise considerable judgment and initiative, in emergency situations. Objective is to prevent and minimize injury and/or the loss of life and property in emergency and fire situations.

Essential Functions

100% -The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

    • Responds to fire alarms with a fire company; prepares to fight fire by connecting hose to hydrants or pumps and joining hose sections and nozzles to hose.
    • Enters burning building and operates nozzle to direct stream of water on fires.
    • Operates hand fire extinguishers and similar equipment to extinguish fires; raises, lowers, and climbs ladders.
    • Ventilates burning buildings to carry off smoke and gases.
    • Rescues individuals and provides appropriate emergency medical assistance.
    • Performs salvage operations such as placing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.
    • Operates pumps to maintain an adequate water volume and pressure.
    • Attends instruction sessions concerning firefighting methods, equipment operations, emergency medical related subjects, and street hydrant locations.
    • Performs custodial duties at the station; cleans and maintains Fire Station facilities and equipment; inspects fire equipment for necessary repairs.
    • Maintains vehicles and equipment daily.
    • Maintains and submits routine records and logs.
    • Participates in public education and community outreach programs.
    • Performs related duties as directed when such duties are a logical and appropriate assignment to the position.


High School Diploma or GED. Must possess State of Florida certification as a Firefighter Minimum Standards and State of Florida certification as a Paramedic and Emergency Vehicle Operator Certification (EVOC).  Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license without any restrictions that may affect ability to perform the essential functions of work outlined herein. 

Candidates who are already State of Florida certified Paramedics are preferred. However, EMT’s will be considered with a commitment to be a State of Florida certified Paramedic within 2 years of employment. Failure to obtain certification will result in termination of employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

KSA’s: – Substantial knowledge of scientific and technical principles and methods regarding fire suppression, prevention and safety.Substantial knowledge of modern firefighting principles, practices, and procedures.

Substantial knowledge and skills in the operation and maintenance of various types of apparatus and equipment used in firefighting activities.

Knowledge of basic life support as applied to emergency treatment.

Knowledge of City geography including location of fire hydrants.

Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency conditions.

Ability to operate heavy fire apparatus safely and efficiently.

Ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other Fire agencies, and the general public.


Physical and Environmental Requirements

DisclaimerThe City of Ocoee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Ocoee provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. All applicants will be initially evaluated based on the information included in the application only  Therefore, it is important to complete your online application accurately and thoroughly as it relates to the position requirements. Resumes, transcripts, certifications and other supporting documentation may be required for the further consideration.  Applicants considered best qualified will be asked to continue in the selection process.An online application is required. To apply, submit 1) online application; 2) proof of education (college transcript, if required); and 3) DD Form 214 by the application deadline, if claiming veteran’s preference per Florida Statues.  These documents can be uploaded and attached to your application. Note: The application contains a required Supplemental Questionnaire.  Your responses to these questions will assist in the screening of applications and determine who continues in the selection process.  Responses should be informative and concise; not responding appropriately may eliminate you from consideration.


Tasks involve the intermittent performance of extremely physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, running, climbing, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of extremely heavy objects (150+ pounds), such as in the event of rescuing or transporting a victim/patient in the performance of rescue operations. When performing fire services and/or rescue operations, tasks are performed with potential for intermittent exposure to occupational health hazards including, but not limited to, fire, extreme temperatures, wetness, humidity, inclement weather, loud noise, toxic/chemical agents, electrical currents, pathogens, fumes, gases, odors, erratic or unpredictable human behavior, weapons, and explosives. Tasks include working around moving parts, vehicles, equipment, carts, and materials handling, where extremely heightened awareness to surroundings and environment is essential in the preservation of life and property. Personal protection equipment applies in the preservation of life and property, as does special equipment including, but not limited to, various types of containment suits, self-contained breathing apparatus equipment (SCBA) and safety gear. 


Some tasks are performed in outdoor environments. Due to the nature and non-specific location of the work environment, tasks include potential for lengthy exposure to disagreeable elements, e.g., heat, humidity, inclement weather. Some tasks are performed in highly critical and hazardous conditions, where fire and/or other life threatening situations occur. Exercising established safety precautions is essential in avoidance of injury or accidents. Some tasks include working in and around moving vehicles and associated vehicle/equipment areas, where heightened awareness to surroundings and observance of established safety precautions is essential in avoidance of injury or accidents. Other work requires diplomatic, skillful and immediate response to potentially violent situations and must submit to essential safety precautions to avoid personal injury or injury to the general public.

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


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