Firefighter/Paramedic: Palm Springs California

palm springs, ca, california


Deadline: Continuous

Salary: $28.49 – $38.29 Hourly

Job Description:


Please note: Posted salary is based on 40 hour schedule, 56 hour schedule equivalent range is  $20.36 to $27.35 per hour.  In addition, this position is eligible for 15% paramedic certification pay upon successful Paramedic accreditation from the City of Palm Springs Fire Department.

Although the full salary range for this position is provided, appointments are made at the range minimum.

This position works at the City of Palm Springs Fire Department and performs fire fighting and emergency medical response activities to protect life and property; responds to a variety of fire and emergency and non-emergency calls for service; performs station and equipment maintenance; and performs a variety of other technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Examples of Essential and General Responsibilities

  • Respond to fire and emergency alarms; perform all phases of fire suppression work; perform rescue, ventilation, overhaul, salvage and clean-up activities at fire scene.
  • Perform emergency medical services as an EMT/Paramedic.
  • Respond to and assist in the mitigation of hazardous material and emergency airport incidents; perform swift water and trench rescues as necessary; respond to non-emergency calls for service as necessary.
  • As assigned, write, prepare and file reports concerning incidents, apparatus maintenance, inventory, occupancy survey, notice of violation, supply requisitions, work orders and other fire related information.
  • Assist in the performance of routine daily, weekly, and monthly inspections of the fire apparatus and equipment; maintain fire station and grounds; perform routine and minor repairs as necessary; inform station fire engineer or captain of major repair work needed; perform inspections and routine maintenance on rescue and squad apparatus.
  • Assist in the performance of periodic California Fire Code inspections of residential, industrial and commercial businesses and places of assembly; assist in the enforcement of the fire prevention codes by following through and documenting violations in need of corrective action.
  • Conduct and participate in training exercises; develop skills in fire suppression, medical aid, apparatus operation, physical fitness and other related areas.
  • Assist with public education; provide community outreach, grade school presentations and fire drills.
  • Maintain records and logs of work completed and in-progress; prepare statistical and analytical reports as required.
  • Conduct and participate in pre-fire planning activities; stay abreast of new innovations relative to fire prevention.
  • Participate in testing of a variety of department equipment including protective clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Assist with fire prevention, fire inspection and code enforcement activities.
  • Perform and assist with special assignment operations and urban search and rescue operations.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum and Preferred Requirements

Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered, however, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the selection process. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the “Work Experience” section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. (One year of work experience is the equivalent of 12 months of full-time work. “Full-time work” means at least 36 hours of work over a period of one week or 1,872 hours of work over a period of at least 12 months.) Qualifications noted as “desirable” or “preferred” are not included as part of the minimum requirements.

No directly related work experience is required.

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Successful completion of a recognized California State Fire Marshal accredited Fire Academy, or the “Cal Fire Firefighter Academy” for full-time career firefighters is required.
Required License or Certificates:
  • California State Driver License prior to employment is required.
  • Current California Paramedic License is required.
  • Current C.P.R. Certificate is required.
  • Current ACLS Certificate is required.
  • Current PALS or PEPP Certificate is required.
  • California State Fire Marshal Accredited Fire Academy or Cal Fire Firefighter Academy Certificate is required.
  • Physical Abilities Test (valid test: Biddle or CPAT) – passed within one year prior to hire date is required.
  • Riverside County EMS Agency EMT-P card is preferred.
Other Requirements:
  • Airport SIDA security badge must be obtained within the first three (3) months of employment is required.
  • Successful completion of firefighter probationary tests is required to maintain employment.
  • Successful applicants are required to pass a background, physical, psychological and drug screen prior to hire.
Environmental Conditions:
This position works in an emergency fire fighting environment with exposure to heat, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, radiant energy, toxic materials and inclement weather conditions; works at heights on scaffolding and ladders and with water; work in confined spaces and may require maintaining physical condition necessary for heavy, moderate or light lifting; sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods; climbing with both legs and arms; operating motorized equipment and vehicles.

Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation and for some positions a physical and drug screen. 

Application and Exam Information

A completed application and supplemental questionnaire are required by the closing date and time.  As a candidate for the position, you will want to be sure your application accurately reflects your skills and abilities as they relate to the position to achieve maximum opportunity.  Applications will be reviewed carefully, and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered as this information will be used to determine minimum qualifications.  Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the “Work Experience” section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications.  Resumes and other documents may be submitted, however they will not be used to determine minimum qualifications, please do not use phrases such as “see attached” or “see resume” as they will not be considered.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the process.

Please remember to submit all your application materials by the closing date and time.  Incomplete or applications received after the closing date and time cannot be considered.  All information on the application is subject to investigation and verification.

For more information on completing your application materials click here.

Selection Process Information – The anticipated selection process for this position will include the following:
  • Application Review – Verification that the application is fully completed
  • Minimum Qualification Review – Verification of required qualifications
  • Written Video Based Exam 70% passing required
  • Medic Skills Exam 70% passing required
  • Oral Panel Evaluation 70% passing required
  • Overall Score – The scores will be combined equally for an overall score
  • Chief Interview

Candidates must successfully pass each stage of the selection process above in order to continue to the next step.  Only a limited number of the highest scoring candidates from the testing process will be invited to the interview process.  This process may be modified or changed depending on the number of qualified candidates.

If you are ready to join the exciting Team Palm Springs and you meet the requirements detailed above, please click the apply button.  For more information contact Human Resources at:

The City of Palm Springs
3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA  92262

Applications will be accepted until filled. The City of Palm Springs reserves the right to accelerate or extend the “Closing Date” of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.

The City of Palm Springs is an equal employment opportunity employer and we encourage all persons to file applications.  Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family or marital status, disability, medical condition or pregnancy, genetic information, religious or political affiliation, or veteran status.

Disaster Service Worker:  In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Palm Springs Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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