Firefighter/Paramedic (Entry-Level & Lateral Positions)
Entry Level Firefighter Paramedic
Lateral Firefighter Paramedic
Core Values: All employees of South County Fire are expected to hold themselves accountable for upholding and demonstrating our core values at all times: Integrity, Humility, Compassion, Family and Trust.
Summary: This company-level position is a skilled para-professional who provides emergency and non-emergency Advanced Life Support (ALS) services to the sick and injured outside of a hospital setting and under the direction of the County Medical Director. The Firefighter Paramedic (PM) also performs emergency and non-emergency services including fire suppression, execution of training drills, inspection and maintenance of fire equipment and high value apparatus, safety, and enhancing morale through leadership by example. The Firefighter-PM shall report to and is responsible to the Captain, who will evaluate performance. Optimum performance is achieved based on the Firefighter-PM's ability to adequately perform all facets of the job duties and responsibilities. The shift Firefighter-PM shall work an assigned shift schedule in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.Firefighter-PM shall work an assigned shift schedule in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participates in training activities, pre-fire planning, inspections, and other company programs that enhance a high state of readiness to respond to all emergency situations. Participation in specialized areas of fire service responsibility such as hazardous materials training, facility and equipment maintenance, and rescue techniques and capability is also required.
- Communicates with a culturally diverse community in a tactful and effective manner under emergency stress or property-/life-threatening situations. This may involve managing individuals in a highly agitated state.
- Rides in and/or drives department apparatus, as required.
- Attends all meetings and training sessions, as required by local, state, and contractual requirements.
- Delivers/administers ALS medical treatment and transportation to injured and ill patients in accordance with local, state, and nationally recognized standards.
- Transfers patients from emergency scenes to the ambulance and transports patients to the appropriate medical facility.
- Performs fire suppression activities and tasks including pump operations, ladder operations, salvage duties, raising and climbing ladders, removing persons from danger; uses chemical extinguishing agents and other tools and equipment as required.
- Assists in extricating trapped victims or moving obstacles in order to obtain access to patients.
- Pursues on-going career development and educational advancement to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to responsibilities.
Other Job Duties:
- May be provisionally appointed as acting Captain or MSO, on a voluntary basis, when minimum time in grade and requirements are fulfilled.
- Other duties as assigned within the scope of this job description.
- Modern firefighting principles, practices, techniques, equipment and procedures and EMS.
- Geographical area of service.
- Operation and maintenance procedures of fire department apparatus and equipment.
- South County EMS protocols, procedures and checklists.
- Departmental standard operating procedures.
- Rescue and hazardous materials response procedures.
- Training methods, procedures and material resources.
Skills and Ability To:
- Perform all duties of a firefighter.
- Perform as a Paramedic in Snohomish County.
- Perform as a pump operator and/or ladder company operator (only if fully trained in accordance with standards).
- Adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action during emergency operations with due regard to surrounding hazards, circumstances and safety.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel and the public.
- Demonstrate predictable, reliable and timely attendance.
- Follow written and verbal directions and complete assigned tasks on schedule.
- Read, write and communicate in English and understand basic math.
- Maintain good physical conditioning and have the ability to carry out physically demanding tasks under dangerous and stressful conditions.
- Interact effectively with individuals and groups to achieve cooperation and support of departmental services, goals and objectives.
- Demonstrate proficiency in South County Fire software programs, including Microsoft Office applications and other programs as applicable.
- Operate all fire-based apparatus and equipment; and operations level hazardous materials equipment, rescue equipment and ALS EMS equipment.
- Maintain and project a calm, informational and persuasive demeanor in stressful situations.
- Strong organizational and problem solving skills.
- Effectively handle frequently changing priorities.
- Maintain confidential information as appropriate.
Education and Experience: As outlined in the current applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Maintain a valid driver's license with acceptable driving record and the RFA approved defensive driving certificate.
- Participation in the South County Fire Respiratory Protection Program.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Valid Washington State Paramedic Certification (not required at the time of hire, but must attain before working as a paramedic)
- Must have at least 1 year of experience as a current full-time career Firefighter Paramedic.
- IFSAC Firefighter I and II, and HazMat Operations certification.
Physical Demands: Must maintain physical condition, ability, agility and stamina to act in emergency, heavy physical labor, life-threatening, fire, accident and disaster situations. Must be able to climb and descend ladders, crawl into tight confined spaces, lift and carry, or drag heavy objects in excess of 150 pounds, bend at the waist, kneel, crouch, crawl, and stoop, sit, stand, walk for extended periods of time and reach overhead. Individual must possess acceptable auditory and visual senses to meet the requirements of the position. Individual must be dexterous with their hands and fingers to operate various emergency tools and equipment and psychologically able to function within reduced visibility and restricted environments. Individual is required to wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and protective equipment weighing up to 60+ pounds and be able to pull hose to suppress fires and use ropes and pulleys to rescue victims.
Working Conditions: This position requires individual to work in adverse weather conditions, and work in indoor and outdoor environments, and at heights and below grade. Individual will be exposed to cold, heat, fire, smoke, high-decibel noise, falling debris, toxic material, blood and blood-borne pathogens. Individual will work around and with machinery having moving parts, traffic hazards, and rides in and/or drives department apparatus, as required. Individual must be able to operate a computer, related software, printer, fax machine, copier, telephone, pager, EMS and fire equipment, radio and other electronic communication devices. Individual may be required to travel to meetings, seminars and conferences.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.
The following requirements must be met, or you will not move forward in the hiring process.
- Must be at least 18 years old at time of application.
- High school diploma or G.E.D.
- Valid driver's license.
- National Registry or Washington State certified Paramedic.
- Lateral Paramedic: Must have at least 1 year of experience as a current full-time career Firefighter Paramedic.
- All new hire firefighters are required to participate in the Respiratory Protection Program.
- South County Fire is a tobacco-free, drug-free and alcohol-free workplace.
The following documents must be attached to your electronic application. Applicants who do not include these items exactly as described will be disqualified:
- Current resume.
- Current Paramedic Card. Your certification must meet these requirements:
- National Registry or Washington State (Department of Health) Paramedic Certification only.
- We do not accept out-of-state Paramedic cards.
- We do not accept any other BLS, first aid, or other certifications or courses, including Red Cross.
- Documents clearly showing your name, issuing agency, and expiration date. Documents without an expiration date or with dates that are expired are not acceptable.
- National Registry or Washington State (Department of Health) Paramedic Certification only.
- If claiming Veterans Preference: Attach copy of DD 214 form.
- IFSAC Firefighter I and II certifications.
- IFSAC HazMat Operations certificate.
Candidates who meet all minimum qualifications will be invited to take a written exam. Reference materials for this exam are:
- Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 7th ed. (IFSTA)
- Paramedic Care: Principles and Practice, Vols. 1-5, 5th ed. (Bledsoe).