Firefighter/Paramedic: South Metro Fire Rescue Colorado Open Until Filled

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Firefighter/Paramedic

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Salary: $58,909 – $85,536 Per Year

Job Description:

South Metro Fire Rescue is looking for Paramedic/Firefighters to join our organization.  We value previous paid fire and paramedic experience and are willing to compensate our new hires based on the experience they bring to SMFR (see below for compensation details).  We are also looking to hire candidates who may not have any previous fire and/or paramedic experience as we put all of our new hires through a 16 week academy, regardless of past experience in a career or volunteer department.  It is unknown exactly how many positions we will be hiring at this time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • (must provide copy of driver’s license with application)
  • Valid CPAT certificate through at least 3/25/16 
(must submit copy of cert with application)

Aims Community College is hosting the CPAT test on 2/12/16, 3/16/16 and 3/18/16, but space is limited so register ASAP to secure your spot – see http://www.aims.edu/academics/fire-science/cpat/ for details.

  • Current Colorado EMT-P or National Registry Certificates accepted at time of application; however, National Registry certificate holders must obtain Colorado State Certifications by date of hire (must provide copy of cert with application)
  • CPR Certified for the Professional Rescuer at time of application
  • (must provide copy of cert with application)
  • Current ACLS Provider
  • (must provide copy of cert with application)
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Colorado State driver’s license by date of hire
  • Possess a good driving history and be insurable by the District’s insurance provider
  • (do not provide a copy of your Motor Vehicle Record with your application as it will be pulled during the background process)
  • Completed heptivac series or on schedule with the shot series or provide recent titer test results (proof not required until pre-employment physical, post contingent offer)
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check, criminal history review, physical, fitness/wellness assessment, medical evaluation, drug screen and psychological exam.
  • **SMFR does not permit the use of marijuana regardless of whether it is legal in Colorado**

HIRING PROCESS:

Step #1  REGISTER YOUR INTENT TO TEST

Due to the high volume of interested candidates, we are not asking candidates to submit a job application at this time, rather if you wish to be considered for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter, you must register to participate in the hiring process no later than 3/25/16 at:  http://www.southmetro.org/FormCenter/HR-9/Intent-to-Test-69

When you register you will be asked to submit your basic contact information and confirm whether you possess a CPAT and EMT certificate(s).  A limited number of candidates will be invited to submit an application in April based on the FireTEAM test scores (see below for details).

Step #2  CPAT

Candidates are required to have a CPAT certificate that is valid through at least 3/25/16.  If you do not have a valid CPAT certificate you will need to obtain one by 3/25/16. 

Aims Community College is hosting the CPAT test on 2/12/16, 3/16/16 and 3/18/16, but space is limited so register ASAP to secure your spot – see http://www.aims.edu/academics/fire-science/cpat/ for details.

Additional CPAT Resources:

To find a CPAT Testing Location in your state visit:  http://www.candidatephysicalabilitytest.com/find-a-cpat-testing-location/

National Testing Network (NTN) provides convenient professional administration of the CPAT in:  Arizona, Florida, Oregon and Washington.  Please visit https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/cpat_info.cfm 
to schedule a CPAT through NTN.

CPAT Orientation Guide https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/pdf/CPAT_Orientation_Guide.pdf

Candidate Preparation Guide

https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/pdf/CPAT_Candidate_Prep_Guide.pdf

Candidate Instruction Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FLkb3QVk2U

Step #3  FIRE TEAM TEST

Candidates are required to take the FireTEAM test no later than 3/25/16.  You can take the FireTEAM test at a number of different testing centers across the United States on various dates.  In order to take the FireTEAM test you must visit their website, identify a testing center near you and register to take the test.  Space is limited so please don’t delay and register ASAP at:  https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/search.cfm?position=2&state=All+States

There is a $50 fee to take the FireTEAM test that will be at the candidate’s expense.  For information on the testing process with NTN visit:   https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/testing-process.cfm

The FireTEAM test is a video based test consisting of 4 different components: Human Relations, Math, Mechanical and Reading.  Applicants will watch a video clip and respond to a series of related questions for the Human Relations, Math and Mechanical components of the test.  The Reading component of the test requires applicants to read various texts and answer related questions.  See https://ergopracticetests.com/?FTB for additional details and to take a practice test.

For frequently asked questions regarding the FireTEAM test and/or the National Testing Network (NTN) that administers the exam, please visit:  https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/faqs.cfm

SMFR will pull your FireTEAM test scores following the 3/25/16 test deadline.  A limited number of candidates will be invited to submit an application in early April based on the FireTEAM test scores.  The number of candidates who will be invited to apply has yet to be determined.

APPLICATION

Due to the high volume of interested candidates, we are not asking candidates to submit a job application at this time, rather if you wish to be considered for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter, you must register to participate in the hiring process no later than 3/25/16 at:  http://www.southmetro.org/FormCenter/HR-9/Intent-to-Test-69

When you register you will be asked to submit your basic contact information and confirm whether you possess a CPAT & EMT certificate(s).  A limited number of candidates will be invited to submit an application in early April based on the FireTEAM test scores (see below for details).

PARAMEDIC WRITTEN EXAM

Only a limited number of candidates will be invited to participate in the written exam following the application screening process.  The written exam will tentatively be held in early June 2016.  Specific exam dates and times are to be determined.  The exam consists of approximately 50 multiple choice, true/false and fill in the blanks. The questions are produced from a test bank based on the Paramedic National Registry Curriculum.  Candidates will also be required to provide a diagnosis on three 12 lead EKGs.

PARAMEDIC PRACTICAL EXAM

Only a limited number of candidates will be invited to participate in the practical exam following the application screening process.  The practical exam will tentatively be held in early June 2016.  Specific exam dates and times are to be determined.  The exam will consist of four different assessment stations where candidates will be evaluated by SMFR Paramedic/Firefighters and outside Medical Professionals.  There will be some downtime in between stations, in which the candidates will be required to write a short essay.  The four stations consist of a medical scenario; technical knowledge assessment, rapid fire questions and an essay follow up.  The practical is a combination of written and hands-on assessments.

ORAL BOARD 
A limited number of candidates who successfully pass the Paramedic Practical and Written exam will be invited to participate in the Oral Board process in early June.

TENTATIVE 2016 HIRING PROCESS TIMELINE:

Early April                   SMFR will invite a limited number of candidates        
                                    (exact number TBD) to complete a job application 
                                    based on the top FireTEAM scores with confirmation 
                                    of a valid CPAT & EMT certifications. 
April 22nd                    Application deadline

Mid May                     SMFR will invite a limited number of candidates to move on in the 
                                   testing process after application screening process

Early June                  Paramedic Written, Practical and Oral Boards

Mid June                    Contingent Job Offers Extended via email

Mid June -                  Pre-employment Testing (fitness/wellness assessment, physical,

Early July                   psychological, drug screen & background interview) (several day time commitment)

Mid July                      Final Job Offers

August 15th                SMFR Academy Starts

Early December        Academy Graduation

**The hiring process timeline is subject to change at any time**

COMPENSATION

  • 16 Week Academy - Para IV $58,909
    • All candidates will go through 16 week academy regardless of previous experience and everyone is paid the same wage during academy.
  • Probationary Year
    • Entry Level/No Fire Experience: Para IV $58,909
    • Experienced Paramedic/Firefighter: Incumbents with full-time paid Paramedic/Firefighter experience from a career Fire Department will be placed at one pay grade less than they were previously paid with career department.
      • Volunteer years of service and/or paramedic experience outside of a fire department (i.e. private ambulance) will not be considered for wage/step placement.
    • 2016 Paramedic/Firefighter Wages
      • Para I        $85,536
      • Para II       $77,760
      • Para III      $70,691
      • Para IV     $58,909
    • Additional Compensation
      • SMFR strongly values education and in turn compensates employees who have a degree with an education differential as follows:
        • Associates  1% of base wage
        • Bachelors  2% of base wage
        • Masters  3% of base wage
        • PHD 4% of base wage

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For all questions related to the Paramedic/Firefighter Hiring Process, please contact Senior HR Analyst, Kim Finley at kim.finley@southmetro.org.

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

Department’s Website Click HERE

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