Firefighter/Paramedic: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District California Deadline: July 8, 2018

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Deadline: July 8, 2018

Salary: $4,716 .17 monthly

Job Description:

SALARY DURING ACADEMY: $4,716 .17 monthly

Step 1           Step 2           Step 3             Step 4           Step 5           Step 6           Step 7
$5435.10      $5703.48      $5984.93        $6280.58      $6591.50       $6917.69      $7260.25

Under general supervision of a fire captain, performs a full range of all-risk emergency activities, including, but not limited to, fire suppression, emergency medical services, extrication, technical rescue, and hazardous materials. Firefighters will engage in the suppression of structural, wildland, and other types of fires; performs scheduled maintenance of fire stations, fire apparatus, and related equipment; provides emergency medical and rescue services to the community; participates in fire safety inspections; maintains various records and completes various reports; may be required to drive emergency fire and EMS apparatus; performs other duties as required.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

This position performs a full range of all-risk emergency activities and will serve in assignments performing fire inspection/prevention, training, arson investigation, and others.

This list of essential duties is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position; it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the position.

  1. Responds to emergency incidents as a member of a fire company; may connect and lay hose lines; may enter burning areas and structures with charged hose lines; operates and climbs fire ladders; participates in the rescue of persons trapped in burning buildings and vehicles; renders first aid; may perform forcible entry; may ventilate structures to release smoke, heat, and gases.
  2. Ensures operational readiness of self and equipment in assigned station.
  3. Performs a variety of all-risk emergency scene operations.
  4. Participates in regular training activities and exercises.
  5. Assists in fire inspections and fire prevention activities; assists in the preparation and presentation of fire prevention programs to the public.
  6. Participates in general housekeeping and building, grounds, and equipment maintenance; will inspect, clean, and maintain equipment.
  7. Operates emergency medical equipment; relays vital signs by radio to receiving hospitals; gives emergency treatment and medication under doctor’s orders; immobilizes patients and transports to emergency medical facility.
  8. Assists in the investigation of fire causes and the preservation of evidence.
  9. Prepares reports and may testify in court as to the findings.
  10.  May act as fire captain or fire engineer in emergency or upgrade situations.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.


Essential Functions described in the Firefighter job description are performed in and affected by the following environmental and operational factors:

  • Operate both as a member of a team and independently at incidents of uncertain factors.
  • Spend extensive time outside exposed to the elements.
  • Tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions. Must perform physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 F), humid (up to 100%) atmospheres while wearing equipment, which significantly impairs body-cooling mechanisms.
  • Work in wet, icy, or muddy areas.
  • Perform a variety of tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as on rooftops or from ladders.
  • Work in areas where sustaining traumatic or thermal injuries are possible.
  • Face exposure to carcinogenic dusts such as asbestos, toxic substances such as hydrogen cyanide, acids, carbon monoxide, or organic solvents either through inhalation or skin contact.
  • Face exposure to infectious agents such as hepatitis B or HIV.
  • Wear personal protective equipment that weighs approximately 50 pounds while performing essential functions.
  • Perform complex tasks during life-threatening emergencies.
  • Work for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration.
  • Face life and death decision during emergency conditions.
  • Exposed to grotesque sights and smells associated with major trauma and burn victims.
  • Make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods.
  • In environments of high noise, poor visibility, limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces.
  • Use manual and power tools in the performance of duties.
  • Rely on senses of sight, hearing, smells, and touch to help determine the nature of the emergency, maintain personal safety, and make critical decisions in a confused, chaotic, and potentially life threatening environment throughout the duration of the operation.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

AGE: Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

EDUCATION:  Possess a high school diploma or equivalent GED certificate. 


Must  be a licensed Paramedic in good standing at time of application. Must possess a National Registry Paramedic card OR a California State Paramedic Card at time of application.  If candidates apply with a National Registry card, you must be able to obtain a California State Paramedic License by the time of interviews which are tentatively scheduled for August 1-3, 2018.

Candidates must possess a valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) certificate at time of application.  YOU MUST SUBMIT A VALID COPY OF YOUR CPAT CARD WITH YOUR APPLICATION. The CPAT must be current and issued after July 8, 2017 (one year prior to the closing date of July 8, 2018).    

CPAT certificate is valid for a one-year period from the date of issuance. Listed below is an agency that administers the CPAT in Northern California: 

                                  California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee 
                         Toll Free Number: (877) 648-2728

LICENSES: Must possess a California State Paramedic license by the time of interviews which are tentatively scheduled for August 1-3, 2018.  Must be able to obtain a Sacramento County EMT-P Accreditation by completion of the Academy. (PLEASE NOTE: ACCREDITING IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY REQUIRES A VALID PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (PALS) CERTIFICATION.) Possession of a valid [unrestricted] California Driver’s License Class C.  Ability to obtain and maintain a Firefighter Endorsement within six (6) months of appointment. 

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:  Candidates offered formal employment must be successful in all examination phases, including passing the District’s background investigation to include a criminal history check, DMV verification, credit history review, Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) examination, psychological examination, physical examination, and a drug screening. 

Supplemental information

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Maintain physical ability and stamina to meet position tasks and responsibilities. Physical abilities must be commensurate with the essential functions of the position. No person shall pose a direct threat to themselves or to the health and safety of other individuals in the work place, or to the public they serve.

HEALTH EXPOSURE: This is a Department of Health and Human Services Category I position. Tasks involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.

BENEFITS: The District offers a wide variety of programs covering health and dental insurance, life insurance, PERS Safety retirement (2.7% at 57 for PEPRA members, 3% at 50 for Classic members), sick leave, vacation leave, 457 deferred compensation, and education incentives.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The application filing period opens Monday, June 11, 2018 and closes Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 10:00 PM.

Applications must be completed online before the final filing deadline, paper applications will not be accepted. Interested applicants must apply online at the District’s website, If you are unable to access the internet, computers will be available at 10545 Armstrong Ave, Suite 200, Mather, CA 95655, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  and 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. You can also visit your local library for free internet access. 

ONLINE APPLICATIONS: You must attach copies of a valid CPAT card and a California State Paramedic OR National Registry card  to the online application.  DO NOT attach any other supporting documentation other than what is required.  If you are unable to scan your supporting documents, you may mail in your  documentation to 10545 Armstrong Ave, Suite 200, Mather, CA, 95655, or fax to 916-859-3728. Mailed or faxed documentation must be received by the application deadline, postmarks will not be accepted.

Answer all questions and furnish all information requested on the application. Although a resume may be submitted along with your application, it will not be accepted as a substitute for any of the required application documents or question responses. In summary, do not write “see resume” in lieu of answering any question. Incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified. No exceptions.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, July 8, 2018 by 10:00 PM. 

SELECTION PROCESS:   Application results and all  correspondence will be e-mailed so please provide a valid e-mail address on the online application.

Written Examination –   July 19, 2018 –  All qualified applicants will be invited to the written examination.  Candidates who are invited to the written exam will be able to sign up for one of the two available dates listed above.  The entry-level Firefighter written test is designed to test the basic skills and abilities that a minimally qualified applicant should possess.

Panel Oral Interviews – August 1-3, 2018 – Candidates successful in the written exam may be scheduled for panel oral interviews.

Academy Date – January thru June 2019 – This recruitment is for the 19-1 Academy which has an anticipated start date of January 2019.  

VETERANS PREFERENCE CREDIT:  Veterans who have received an honorable discharge will be allowed an additional 5% that will be added to their over-all passing score at the end of the testing process.  To obtain this credit, veterans must provide proof of honorable discharge or disability at time of application. 

ELIGIBILITY LIST: Candidates must be successful in all examination phases to be placed on an eligibility list. The Fire Chief will, when filling vacancies, make a selection from those on the eligibility list. The eligibility list will be active for up to six (6) months and may be extended or cancelled at the discretion of the Fire Chief. 

PROOF OF LEGAL RESIDENCE: Pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, ALL new hire applicants will be required to show proof of legal residence entitling them to work in the United States prior to becoming an employee of the District.

                                             THE SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN FIRE DISTRICT IS AN
                                            AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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


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