Firefighter/Paramedic: South Lake Tahoe California Deadline: January 8, 2018


Deadline: January 8, 2018

Salary: $61,734.40 – $78,041.60 Annually

Job Description:

About the Current Position:

All candidates must apply through NEOGOV at by Monday, January 8th, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Resumes may be attached to the online application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a City NEOGOV online application.

Applications will be reviewed when received.  The first 30 complete and fully qualified applications received will be invited to participate in the testing process.

Copies of the following required documents must be attached online to your online application before submission of your online application (failure to attach all required listed documents will result in disqualification): (If you need assistance completing your application or attaching documents, contact City Human Resources at 530.542.6052.)


1) Current valid California or Nevada driver’s license or equivalent is required and must be attached to the application.

2) Current valid CalJAC Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or BIDDLE physical capabilities test certificate (certificate valid for 1 year from the test date)  is required and must be attached to the application.

3) Current valid CPR Professional Rescuer through AHA/ARC or County approved equivalent is required and must be attached to the application.

4) Current valid CA EMT-P license is required at time of appointment. All candidates must attach the following to the application: either their current valid CA EMT-P license, or  proof of enrollment with an approved education facility to obtain a CA EMT-P license (with anticipated completion date of March 1st, 2018, or before).

5) Must have completed an approved CFSTES Fire Fighter 1 academy or its equivalent at the time of application and must attach proof to the application.

During application review, the department will give preference to California Tahoe Emergency Services Operating Authority employees (past or present).

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Summary Description

Under the direction of the Fire Captain the Firefighter Paramedic has responsibility for the provision of firefighting, fire prevention, and related activities including responding to fire alarms and other emergency calls to protect life and property; provides basic life support emergency medical services; conducts fire prevention inspection and public education programs; provides advanced life support, emergency medical technician paramedic services, pre-hospital mobile emergency medical care and transportation.

Identifying characteristics

The Firefighter Paramedic is to perform a broad range of tasks relevant to the assumed duties. This position is fully trained in the scope of duties associated with this class and performs the full range of assigned duties with increasing independence

Examples of Duties:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1. Responds to all fire alarms with designated equipment while on duty and individually as called when off duty.

2. Responds to emergency medical care incidents, provides emergency medical services; operates emergency vehicle as necessary.

3. Inspects commercial properties for fire prevention and pre-fire planning as part of engine company inspection program.

4. Maintains and repairs fire and emergency medical apparatus and equipment in accordance with daily and other periodic maintenance schedules.
5. Performs public education functions to civic organizations, schools, and other groups.

6. Performs station and hydrant maintenance.

7. May make minor repairs to apparatus or equipment, as necessary, including changing light bulbs and replacing screws.

8. May act as an instructor on specialized training assignments, such as CPR, heavy rescue techniques, cause and origin of fires, hazardous materials, etc.

9. Operates and maintains an ambulance.

10. Participates in fire drills and on-going training exercises and classes.

11. Responds to emergency medical care incidents to provide advanced life support service; responds with ambulance to medical emergencies and perform complex field medical procedures under appropriate medical controls and in compliance with all applicable regulations; may act as sole medical authority on scene.

12. Maintains inventory of medical supplies including controlled narcotics.

13. Prepares written reports including patient medical reports and billings.

14. May be required to provide long-distance transport.

15. May be required to provide legal testimony.

16. Participates in daily fitness.

17. Performs related duties as required.

 Typical Qualifications:

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and techniques of modern municipal fire suppression and
    prevention activities.
  • Principles and practices related to providing emergency medical assistance.
  • CPR and advanced first aid.
  • Fire hydraulics and basic math.
  • Radio procedures.
  • Computer operations.
  • Advanced life support procedures.

 Ability to:

  • Use a resuscitator and administer first aid and CPR.
  • Use life support equipment; administer CPR and other lifesaving procedures.
  • Maintain confidential information.
  • Think and act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Administer advanced life support.
  • Use mechanic hand tools, carpenter’s tools, breathing apparatus, axes, shovels, chain saws and extrication equipment including hydraulic rescue tools.
  • Demonstrate physical endurance, agility and strength required for the job.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Deal politely and effectively with the public.
  • Use advanced life support equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the 
    course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


       Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade


       One year of firefighting experience is desirable.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or equivalent

Must successfully obtain a CA Class B or A motor vehicle operator’s license or a Class C with Firefighter Exempt endorsement, within 18 months of employment and as a condition of passing probation.

Possession of a HAZ-MAT FRO certificate required as a condition of passing probation.

Firefighter 1 Certificate – Must have completed an approved CFSTES Fire Fighter 1 academy or its equivalent.

Possess and maintain CSFM Firefighter 1 certification by the end of 12 months of employment.

Firefighter II Certificate – Must possess and maintain Firefighter II certification by the end of 18 months or employment.

CPR Professional Rescuer through AHA/ARC or County approved equivalent.

Possession and Maintenance of a current CA EMT-P license

Obtain and maintain accreditation as an EMT-P by El Dorado County within 90 days of employment

All certificates required by El Dorado County Health Department to maintain continuous accreditation for Paramedic.

The following certifications are highly recommended:

Certifications in PALS, PEPS or a County approved equivalent course, and BTLS, PHTLS or a County approved equivalent course.  

Advanced Cardiac Life Support or County approved equivalent.

Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support or County approved equivalent.

 Supplemental Information:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Environment: Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine fire prevention environments with travel from site to site; the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in areas of limited and restricted entry and exit; regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and wet and/or humid conditions; occasionally works in high, precarious places; exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, fire, infectious biohazards, and vibration; risk of electrical shock, radiation, drowning, and asphyxiation; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level is occasionally very loud when responding to emergency calls and when working at a fire or other emergency incident. Incumbents are required to work extended hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Incumbents may be required to work on scheduled days off, without advanced notice, to maintain required staffing levels. This position is a high risk position with exposure to potentially dangerous situations requiring a range of safety or other precautions such as working at great heights, under extreme conditions and working around high voltage.


Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a emergency response setting; considerable and rapid physical exertion or demands on the body such as frequent climbing of tall ladders, continuous lifting of heavy objects, crouching or crawling in restricted areas; exertion requires highly intense muscular action leading to substantial muscular exhaustion; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or more heavy weights; operate fire suppression and medical response equipment, apparatus, and tools; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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

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