Firefighter/Paramedic: Washington DC Deadline: March 1, 2018


Deadline: March 1, 2018

Salary: $56,212.00 Annually

Job Description:

Tour of Duty: Rotating Shifts

Promotional Potential: None

Number of Vacancies: Several

Duration of Appointment: Permanent –  Subject to the satisfactory completion of an eighteen-month (18-month) probationary period.


This position is located in the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS). DCFEMS provides fire suppression, technical rescue, fire prevention and education, and pre-hospital care and transportation services to people within the District in order to protect life and property.  DCFEMS firefighter paramedics have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, high call volume jurisdiction with unique and high profile special events related to its status as the Nation’s Capital.  The Department’s diverse mission also gives firefighter paramedics the opportunity to apply for positions in all four of its disciplines throughout their careers. Firefighter/Paramedic is assigned to one of approximately thirty-three fire stations throughout the District of Columbia. The incumbent will primarily travel by Medic Unit and Fire Unit in a prompt and efficient manner in response to calls for emergency medical care of critically ill or injured patients

Collective Bargaining Unit:

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by Local 36.  You may be required to have union dues or other applicable fees deducted from your salary.


Incumbent assesses, evaluates and stabilizes patient’s condition at the site of emergency. Initiates and maintains advanced life support treatment under direction of the Medical Director, and/or Platoon supervisor.

Incumbent performs an initial and detail/focus assessment, including current medical history and physical examination in accordance with medical protocols.

Monitors and interprets an electrocardiogram (EKG).

Stabilizes critically ill injured patients through the application of advanced life Support techniques such as intubation, peripheral intravenous insertion, defibrillation, and administration of pharmaceutical agents. Etc.

Draws blood samples for blood glucose determination and for other indications when necessary.

Prepares and administers intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intravenous medications.

Extricates injured and/or entrapped patients by safely employing prescribed techniques and appliances.

Manages emotionally disturbed, alcohol and drug intoxicated, and unruly patients.

Drives a medic unit to a specific address or location of an emergency situation, choosing the most direct and expeditious route in a timely and safe manner, maintaining life support care during transportation to the appropriate hospital emergency department.

Reports, verbally and in writing, observations and emergency care given to the patient at the scene and in transit to the receiving facility for record keeping and diagnostic purpose. Upon request, provides assistance to the receiving facility staff.

Assures that the inventory and stocking of medical supplies and equipment are

maintained and are in sufficient quantity. Also, makes certain that the medic unit is in adequate condition.

Incumbent performs as a firefighter responding to known and unknown emergency calls at minimal response time. Upon arrival at emergency location, relays conditions, life hazards and exposures to commanding officer.

Examines structure for any signs of fire extension or other dangers and determines the safest evacuation route for occupant.

Observes and responds to changes in conditions of the emergency. Also, removes persons from fires, entrapments or other hazardous situations.

Incumbent makes forcible entries. Recognizes conditions that may lead to back-draft.

Controls public utilities; positions and raises serial ladders or platform; climbs or

descends ladders, carrying hose lines and equipment. Makes openings for ventilation and performs overhaul operations.

Operates hose lines and hydrant systems. Operates lines from heights, rooftops, ladders and confined space.

May perform firefighting and rescue operations in conditions of extreme heat and zero visibility.

Wears self-contained breathing apparatus and other personal protective equipment for extended periods.

Drives and operates firefighting apparatus of significant complexity, including pumps, aerial ladder trucks, and rescue trucks. Performs daily inventory checks and routine maintenance on firefighting apparatus.


Drives a vehicle to the scene of an emergency following a predetermined route, or selects an alternate route when necessary. Positions the vehicle, considering factors such as wind direction, water sources, hazards from falling structures, etc. Operates pumps, foam generators, handlines, wagon pipes, ladder pipes, monitor nozzles, and other similar equipment; determines proper principles of hydraulics to water flow friction and friction loss.

The Firefighter/Paramedic maintains a constant awareness of water levels in self-contained tanks and relays information to firefighting personnel as necessary. Additionally, operates fire extinguishers and other portable devises.

Utilizes detection instruments for gas, heat, radiation or smoke. Operates and maintains various power tools such as saws, ventilation fans, extrication devices and others.

Protects property from damage with salvage covers. Stops oil, steam, gas or water leaks and removes excess water. Removes debris and rubbish and, to the extent possible, restores the security of the property.

Rescues and frees victims in tunnels, pipes, excavations, etc. Extricates victims from high places, elevators, electrical contact, hazardous areas, machinery, etc.

Incumbent safeguards Department property, and cleans and maintains apparatus and work area within the Department.

Prepares activity reports for submission to the commanding officer.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of appointment.

Must have reached the age of 19 as of the date of application.

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Possess a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency (GED) issued by a recognized department of education.

Pass a scheduled candidate physical ability test (C-PAT)

Pass a urinalysis test for absence of substance or drug abuse.

Pass a thorough medical examination (including x-rays, hearing, vision, and other laboratory tests).

Pass a thorough background investigation of character and personal history (ex, prior employers, law enforcement agencies, etc.) to determine suitability for appointment as a Firefighter Paramedic.

Licensures Certifications and Other Requirements:

Must have a minimum of one year operational experience in a 911 or critical care system as an Advanced Life Support provider at an NREMT-P or NRP levelor equivalent experience.  Equivalent experience must include experience that has provided the applicant with clinical skill in the knowledge and application of pre-hospital basic and advanced life support emergency medical care and the resulting ability to perform such care at an expert level of competency

Current valid National Registry EMT- Paramedic (NREMT- P), or National Registry Paramedic (NRP) Certification.
Valid Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) AHA card.
Valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) AHA card.
Maintenance of a current valid driver’s license is required.
Successfully complete the Basic Probation Training Course and Evaluation Program.

***All documentation must be uploaded at the time of application submission in order to be considered or the position.***

Conditions of Employment:

Must maintain the following minimum certifications for the duration of employment: Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, National Registry Paramedic (NRP), DC Department of Health Paramedic, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card, and any other certifications that may subsequently be required to maintain qualifications as a Firefighter/Paramedic.

Must maintain ability to pass self- contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) face-piece fit testing as required by OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 29CFR1910.134.
Must maintain physical fitness as defined by ability to successfully complete annual timed fitness testing.

This position is covered under D.C. Law 15-353, the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Amendment Act of 2004, effective April 13, 2005, as amended.  For that reason, this position is subjected to annual criminal background checks, traffic record checks, or both; and you may also be subject to random drug and alcohol testing throughout employment. 

The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is a 24-hour/7-days a week operation. This position is deemed as an “Essential” position

Other Information:

Applicants must be proficient in the use of and comprehensive of the English language. Persons with foreign language skills are encouraged to apply.

EEO Statement:

The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

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