Firefighter/Paramedic: Ventura County California Deadline: April 1, 2016

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Deadline: April 1, 2016

Salary: $59,754.03 – $68,557.42 Annually

Job Description:

Applications will be accepted from March 28, 2016 through April 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  All applications will be reviewed, and each will be placed in one (1) of three (3) groups: a) accepted as a paramedic-certified candidate; b) accepted as a firefighter candidate; c) rejected as a candidate. All firefighter candidates who earn a passing score in the Total Assessment Examination will be entered into a random selection process by which 550 of those candidates will be selected to continue in the examination/selection process. A separate random selection will be conducted for those candidates who are paramedic-certified, and of those, up to 110 will be selected to continue in the examination/selection process. Only one (1) application per candidate will be accepted; duplicate applications will be discounted.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (NOTE: some dates may be subject to change*):

OPENING DATE:  March 28, 2015

CLOSING DATE:  April 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

TOTAL ASSESSMENT EXAMINATION DATES:  April 18, 19, 20, 21, 2016*

RANDOM SELECTION:  Week of May 2, 2016

ORAL EXAMINATION:  Dates between May 23* - June 3*, 2016

SELECTION INTERVIEWS:  June 20* – July 8*, 2016


Description:  Firefighter Trainees, under direct supervision, suppress fires using fire fighting equipment, perform emergency medical treatment, perform rescue using ropes and associated hardware and power tools, respond to and address hazardous materials releases as appropriate, assist in fire prevention, public relations and educational activities, operate fire fighting equipment, perform station maintenance tasks, and perform related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is the entry classification of the firefighter series. Trainees are eligible for promotion to Firefighter following completion of a one (1) year probationary period, during which one must graduate from the Fire Academy.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Suppression and control of building and other fires by operating firefighting equipment in hazardous areas, confined spaces and high places such as ladders. Suppresses grass and brush fires using fire hose and equipment and wild land firefighting hand tools. Conduct rescue operations from smoke filled or confined areas that have been compromised by fire. Cleans up debris and does salvage work during and after firefighting.
  • Performs emergency medical treatment to the minimum EMT – 1 level on ill and injured persons while in training. For paramedics only: Following completion of firefighting training, and upon recertification as a Paramedic, will be assigned to an advanced life support apparatus to perform paramedic duties for a period of at least three years.
  • Performs technical rescues using ropes and associated rescue hardware, various power tools and hand tools and techniques for special rescue situations (mechanical entrapments, confined spaces, high angle, and trench rescues).
  • Respond to hazardous materials releases to safely isolate and deny entry, to make appropriate notifications, and perform mitigation tasks as appropriate.
  • Perform company level fire prevention inspections and hazard reduction activities.
  • Performs public relations and educational awareness actions by meeting and speaking to civic and school based groups.
  • Drives and maintains firefighting apparatus. Performs minor repair and inspection work. Makes necessary adjustments as needed.
  • Completes routine daily fire station janitorial and maintenance tasks.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

The eligible list established for this position may be used to fill existing and future regular, temporary, fixed-term, intermittent and extra-help positions within the Fire Protection District and/or Fire Academies through 2017, 2018, and possibly 2019.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a High school graduate or possess a GED certificate
  • Possess a valid unrestricted California driver license


  • Current and valid California Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Current and valid CPR card, current and valid, issued by one of the following agencies: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer, or American Safety and Health Institute CPR for the Professional Rescue.
  • Current and valid (CPAT) Candidate Physical Abilities Testcertificate of successful completion, certified by California Joint Apprenticeship Committee (IAFF/IAFC), obtained within the prior 12 months of hire date,


  • Current and valid Paramedic license from the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).


All certification requirements noted above, and:

  • Current and valid Advanced Cardiac Life Supportcertification
  • Current and valid Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification

POST HIRING REQUIREMENTS:  All new hires will be required, as a condition of continued employment, to:

  • obtain and maintain a California Class A driver license within six (6) months of hire
  • successfully complete all aspects and thereby graduate from, the Ventura County Fire Protection District Academy


Knowledge of hand tools used in the construction industry and building maintenance activities; proper operation of vehicles to include standard transmissions; basic emergency medical techniques to the minimum California EMT level.

Skilled at the use of various basic construction hand tools and building maintenance equipment; driving vehicles to include standard transmissions and large pick-up sized vehicles; and the application of basic EMT manipulative skills.

Ability to recognize and evaluate alternatives under emergency conditions and to make decisions independently; learn the proper use of firefighting tools and equipment; exercise initiative and work with limited supervision; understand and follow written and oral directions; effectively communicate orally; work under a structured organization that will require emotional and physical stability under stress; work in an outdoor environment and perform moderate and heavy physical activities for prolonged periods.

Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE: Applications must be received by the Ventura County Human Resources Division no later than April 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Online applications are preferred. To apply online refer to web site: If utilizing a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials or go to Ventura County Human Resources – address: 800 S. Victoria Ave., Loc. # 1970, Ventura, CA 93009. We do not accept resumes in lieu of our application form, nor do we accept any application materials via email.

Applicants should provide sufficient information under the Education/Work Experience portion of the application and Supplemental Questionnaire, if applicable, in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above sections; however, it may not be substituted in lieu of the application

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – Qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the selection process to assist in determining each applicant’s qualifications and acceptability for the position.

APPLICATION EVALUATION – Qualifying: All applications and supplemental questions will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to the total assessment examination.

TOTAL ASSESSMENT EXAMINATION – Pass/Fail: A four part multiple choice examination will be conducted. The first three parts will be in video based format, and are comprised of human relations questions related to scenarios, followed by an animated simulation portion measuring mechanical reasoning and mathematical ability. The forth part is a series of paragraphs in booklet format, and measures knowledge of reading and understanding written information. Candidates must earn a passing score to be entered into the random selection process; and those, up to 660 selected will be invited to the oral examination.

ORAL EXAMINATION – 100%: A job related Oral Examination will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Candidates must earn a score of seventy (70%) percent or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list. The oral examination is tentatively scheduled between May 23 – June 3, 2016. There will be no oral exams held on the Memorial Day holiday.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a minimum of one (1) year.

For further information about this recruitment, please email Ventura County Fire Human Resources at

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

County’s Website Click HERE


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