Firefighter/Paramedic: South Pasadena Florida Deadline: August 29, 2016

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Firefighter/Paramedic

Deadline: August 29, 2016

Salary: $47,549 Annually

Job Description:

The City of South Pasadena is currently accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic.  This position requires FireTEAM and a valid NTN CPAT.  All testing must be completed by August 29, 2016.

The department requires the candidate PHQ.  You can access the questionnaire through your candidate account.  The PHQ must be completed by the closing date or you may not be considered further in the process.

Candidates must also fill out the department application which can be found here.

Starting Salary:  $47,549 base

Benefit Information: 

  • Major medical insurance fully paid for the employee
  • Dental, Vision and AFLAC insurance plans available
  • Educational incentive program
  • Holiday pay for 11 holidays per year
  • Pension plan
  • Optional deferred compensation plan
  • Liberal shift exchange program

Department Information: The South Pasadena Fire Department is a small, single station fire department providing Fire and EMS service to the City of South Pasadena, Florida, and surrounding areas. South Pasadena is about 0.6 square miles, and contains one hospital, three nursing homes, and several high rise residential buildings. The population of the city is approximately 5,200 and the average age is just over 70 years. South Pasadena is bordered on the north by St. Petersburg, to the east by Gulfport, to the south by St. Pete Beach, and to the west by Treasure Island.

The fire department consists of 15 line personnel: 12 firefighters, who are also EMTs or paramedics, and 3 Lieutenants, all presently certified paramedics; and three administrative staff: the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations and an Administrative Secretary. Normal schedule for line personnel is 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off duty, but subject to mandatory recall to duty for minimum staffing needs in 12 hour increments.

Being a small department, all personnel must be capable of performing most firefighting functions, including apparatus operator. Our shift personnel rotate assignments on a regular basis to maintain skills in all areas. Cross-training and multi-function capabilities are essential in our personnel.

In fiscal 2013, the department responded to 2684 emergency service calls, approximately 75% of them for EMS. Our general trend over the last two years has been a stable number of calls around 2700.

Located in Pinellas County, the South Pasadena Fire Department, like all Fire Departments in the County, is dispatched from one central location for both fire and EMS, and has automatic aid agreements with all other fire agencies in Pinellas County. With a standard set of basic SOGs known as the Pinellas County 600 Series, all the fire agencies work together in a functionally consolidated fashion. We regularly train with four closely adjacent and similarly sized fire departments since we routinely respond to fires with them.


Job Requirements

US Citizen: US Citizen or lawfully work in the US

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid FLORIDA State Driver’s License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: Must pass NFPA Medical & Fitness Exam

Academy Certification:
FL State certified firefighter II and FL State certified Paramedic

Necessary Certifications:
Prerequisite Training and Certifications:

  • Graduation from high school (or GED)
  • Florida Certification as a Firefighter II (State Minimum Standards Curriculum)
  • Florida certified Paramedic
  • Must have current valid Florida driver’s license

Schooling Prior and Post Hiring:
High School Diploma or G.E.D

Major Job Functions:
This is general duty work in fire prevention, fire suppression, and ALS emergency medical response. Work includes training and study; cleaning equipment, apparatus and quarters as well as emergency response. Work is performed as a team member and a Shift Officer assigns specific duties.

Performance Responsibilities:

    • Report for assigned duty in uniform of the day by 0800 hours roll call.
    • Perform all duties assigned by the shift Officer at the 0800 hours roll call and throughout the shift.
    • Respond to emergency calls as assigned.
    • Follow the most current Daily Duty Schedule.
    • Responds, when on duty, to fire and emergency medical problems as assigned.
    • Perform all fire-related duties to the highest professional level as outlined in:
      • NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
      • NFPA 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications
      • Pinellas County 600 series SOGs
      • Department Policies and Procedures
      • City Employee Manual
    • Perform all emergency medical duties within the guidelines of the State of Florida and the Pinellas County Medical Director.
    • Attend instruction/training sessions as assigned.
    • Perform cleaning and maintenance tasks in and about the station.
    • Perform other job-related work as required.
    • Participates in department wellness/fitness program and maintains adequate levels of fitness to perform job duties and skills.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

      • Knowledge of the street system and geography of the City.
      • Knowledge and mastery of paramedic and fire fighting skills.
      • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
      • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies.
      • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
      • Ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.
      • Basic computer skills using Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.
      • Basic mathematics and mechanical reasoning knowledge and skills.
      • Ability to operate emergency vehicles, including EMS and Fire apparatus, in emergency mode, including pumping fire engines and operating aerial ladders and similar devices.

      Prerequisite Training and Certifications:

      • Graduation from high school (or GED)
      • Florida Certification as a Firefighter II (State Minimum Standards Curriculum)
      • Florida certified Paramedic
      • Must have current valid Florida driver’s license.

Specific Disqualifiers:

    • Prior felony conviction or nolo contendere plea
    • Current or prior suspended or revoked driver’s license
    • Dismissal from previous employment as firefighter (other than staff reduction)

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

City’s Website Click HERE

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