Firefighter/Paramedic: Petaluma California Deadline: February 14, 2019

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Deadline: February 14, 2019

Salary: $81,783.60 – $99,390.00 Annually

Job Description:


The Petaluma Fire Department is a full service fire and rescue agency.  The Department operates from three stations strategically located around Petaluma.  The Department staffs two engine companies, one truck company, two Advanced Life Support transport ambulances, and a 24-hour Battalion Chief. Call volume is challenging and varied but still allows time for training and exposure to the many facets that makes Petaluma a place for an exciting career. Three shifts of personnel work a 48 hour on, 96 hour off schedule. You can expect to gain expertise in the following functional areas: EMS response; Structure and Wildland Fire Suppression; Public Education; Fire Prevention; Disaster Preparedness; Hazardous Materials; Rescue Systems; Water Rescue; Confined Space; and more.  The response area is a combination of urban, suburban, and rural.  We have significant vehicle related challenges, a wildland interface area, and often work with CalFire and surrounding paid and volunteer organizations in the greater Petaluma area.  The Petaluma Fire Department is an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class Three department and recently celebrated its 160th anniversary of service to the community.
A Firefighter/Paramedic responds to fires, medical emergencies, and other emergency and non-emergency situations and takes appropriate action to protect life and property; perform various staff support assignments in addition to normal emergency response activities.  Firefighter/Paramedics are assigned to both engine and ambulance shifts, with the majority of shifts worked on the ambulance.  General supervision is provided by the Fire Captain, and responsibilities may include the indirect supervision of support staff.



Respond to calls for medical aid, including traffic collisions and rescue situations. Provide pre-hospital care, including examining patients and monitoring vital signs; establish I.V. lines, administer medications, insert airway, defibrillate heart and take other basic and advanced first aid and life support actions; communicate with hospital and or health care professionals in person or by radio; complete required reports. Restock supplies and maintain ambulances and other emergency vehicles and equipment in proper working condition.
In a fire emergency, connect supply lines, control and extinguish fires, using various size hand-lines, master streams and portable water monitors; connect foam eductors and apply foam and chemicals for fire suppression and control.
Deploy ladders, search buildings and rescue victims from buildings and motor vehicles sometimes using specialized power and hand tools; use various hand and power tools to obtain entry to buildings, free trapped accident victims, and provide ventilation.
Participate in specialized rescue operations, including aerial, water, underground and confined space situations, including the use of rigging and shoring.
Contain, control, and decontaminate hazardous material spills.
Participate in clean-up, salvage, overhaul operations; clean, service, and ensure operational readiness of fire vehicles, apparatus, hoses and equipment; assist with the maintenance of stations and facilities.
Participate in various staff support assignments including but not limited to: fire prevention, inspection, and maintenance of inventory records, scheduled inspection of department equipment, fire inspection, and investigation.
Work with the community in a variety of educational, public relations, and service programs; may provide CPR training classes as assigned.
May serve in higher level classification, on a relief basis if certified and/or licensed to do so; may direct the work of others, particularly in a medical emergency.
Perform related duties as assigned. 


Knowledge of:
Basic principles and practices of fire suppression and prevention.
Basic principles and practices of emergency medical care at the basic and advanced life support levels.
Safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work; basic computer report production techniques.
Education and Experience
Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to graduation from high school.
Completion of an accredited firefighter academy or possession of a Firefighter I certificate is required.
Ambulance experience as a Paramedic or EMT and previous firefighting experience in a volunteer or paid capacity is highly desirable.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Must possess a valid California Class C driver license.  Must obtain a valid California Class C or higher driver license with a Firefighter Endorsement within 36 months of hire.
Completion of Paramedic internship is required at the time of application. Current certification as a Paramedic in advanced life support, either through the National Registry Paramedic or State of California is required prior to a conditional job offer. 
Accreditation in the County of Sonoma as an EMT-Paramedic within three months of date of hire.
Must pass and maintain physical requirements as specified by the City and be able to wear self-contained breathing apparatus.

Must be willing to work shifts as structured in the fire department.

You are required to have passed a California Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Applicants are required to submit proof of successful completion of a California Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to Human Resources by March 25, 2019. The CPAT card of completion must have an issuance date that is less than a year from the date of application for the proof to be valid.  Go to for upcoming test dates. 

If you do not have a valid CPAT card at the time your application is submitted, you must indicate the date and location of your scheduled test on your supplemental questionnaire.  Once you have received your CPAT card, please submit a PDF copy via email to as soon as it is available. 
Application and Selection Process:
All completed application documents will be reviewed. An application submitted without complete information will not be considered. A screening committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant who has met the minimum requirements for the position. The highest-ranking applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process, and the decision of the screening committee is final.

Highly Qualified Applicants
Applicants demonstrating the following will be rated as most highly qualified: 

  • Full-time paid Firefighting experience.  
  • Experience as EMT and/or Paramedic on an ambulance responding to emergency 911 calls.

Hiring Requirements
Candidates being considered for selection are subject to an oral interview, practical exercise or other qualification testing, background investigation, polygraph, pre-employment medical/psychological examination, and State of California Department of Justice fingerprint search of records. Successful candidates must pass a drug screen as part of the pre-employment medical examination to be considered for appointment. All statements made on application materials must be correct and will be subject to investigation and verification.

 Physical Demands and Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to palpate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk occasionally require to stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift weight in excess of over 150 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; explosives; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
A Firefighter is required to wear appropriate firefighting and chemical safety apparel and equipment, including turnout gear, helmet, hood, and self-contained breathing apparatus.


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


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