Firefighter/Paramedic (Lateral & Entry-Level)

  • City of Murrieta, CA
  • Murrieta, California
  • Feb 13, 2018
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Safety
  • Salary: $67,024.32 - $81,468.48 Annually

Job Description


Monthly salary does not include FLSA overtime.

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. First review of applications will be held on March 8, 2018.
The City of Murrieta, located in southwest Riverside County, was incorporated under the general laws of the State of California on July 1, 1991 and currently supports a population of approximately 114,000 residents. While offering affordable housing and high quality schools, the City represents a blend of dynamic growth amid the traditional values of a historic rural community dating back to the 1890's. Every resident and employee of the City has the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the Murrieta of today, and, more important, the Murrieta of tomorrow.

Murrieta Fire & Rescue (MFR) provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, technicalÂrescue, hazardous materials mitigation, fire prevention, public education, and disaster preparedness, to approximately 33.6 square miles of southwestern Riverside County, California. The department delivers emergency services with 48 personnel (16 per shift) from five fire stations. In support of these efforts, MFR is managed administratively by a Fire Chief and a Deputy Chief, and employs a Fire Marshal, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, and a Training Officer. MFR has a long tradition of providing excellent customer service to the region's residents and guests. Since the department's inception in 1947, the expectation of our first responders has grown to include much more than fire suppression and basic first aid. Progressive, "all - risk" agencies are now expected to deliver advanced paramedic services, public education, hazardous materials, technical rescue, and wildland-urban interface response. MFR is consistently working to achieve and/or maintain the highest level of professionalism and efficiency on behalf of those it serves.

MFR's personnel are expected to be fully engaged with the agency and community, including assignments on committees and project teams.ÂThe agency is an active participant in statewide mutual aid and national USAR deployments, which requires long stretches on duty. The shared vision of the agency is to become a Fire Department from which other progressive agencies measure themselves.

Under general supervision, responds to various types of emergencies; participates in the control and suppression of fires; rescues persons from burning structures and other hazardous situations; provides advanced life support; participates in activities associated with hazardous materials incidents; participates in fire prevention, station maintenance, and training activities.

Essential Functions

  • Respond to fire and other emergency calls and participate in fire extinguishment, ventilation, salvage, rescue, and other operations; operate various firefighting/control equipment.
  • Provide advanced life support and pre-hospital care as allowed under the policies and procedures of the local medical director.
  • Assist in loading and transporting of victims; communicate with hospital and/or health care professionals concerning patient treatment and condition.
  • Complete all required reports and input into computer system.
  • Maintain and service all EMS equipment and restock and order supplies as needed.
  • Maintain all required certifications and meet continuing education requirements necessary to work as a paramedic.
  • Perform routine equipment checks and fire station duties and participate in required training activities.
  • Participate in fire prevention inspections and pre-incident planning of public and commercial buildings.
  • May participate in clean up and disposal of toxic/hazardous waste materials.
  • May drive fire apparatus and other staff vehicles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Guidelines

Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic: High School Diploma or equivalent. Course work in Fire Science or a related field is desired. At least two years of current, full-time, paid fire department experience, with a fire department of similar scope to the Murrieta Fire & Rescue Department.

Entry-Level Firefighter/Paramedic:ÂHigh School Diploma or equivalent. Course work in Fire Science or a related field is desired.

Candidates must provide documentation of all items below with an asterisk (*) and attach them to the application. Resumes are strongly encouraged, but not required.
  • EMT-Paramedic license in the State of California*
  • Certificate of Completion from a California Fire Academy (OSFM Firefighter I also accepted)*
  • American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification*
  • American Heart Association, American Red Cross or state approved BCLS/CPR certification*
  • Valid CPATÂ(Candidate Physical Abilities Test) or PAT (Biddle) issued within the last twelve (12) months. Candidates obtaining a certification after the application filing date will be required to submit valid certification upon arrival at their scheduled interview.*
  • California Class C Driver License*
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Class B or Class C/Firefighter-Restricted California Driver License by the end of the probationary period
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) acquired within six months of hire
  • Obtain local EMS accreditation within two months of hire

Working knowledge of:
  • Basic fire prevention and suppression techniques and practices.
  • Pre-hospital paramedic-level assessment, treatment and medical aid techniques.
Ability to:
  • Think and act quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Perform moderate to strenuous physical activity.
  • Use and operate a variety of firefighting equipment.
  • Work safely.
  • Learn and apply firefighting principles and techniques.
  • Understand, explain and apply policies and procedures.
  • Understand and apply mechanical and physical principles related to fire suppression.
  • Learn and apply fire code provisions and arson/fire investigation techniques.
  • Climb ladders.
  • Prepare a variety of reports using a computer and a variety of software programs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective relation­ships with other employees and the community at large.
  • Represent the City in meetings and make presentations; and
  • Meet the physical requirements established by the City.

Supplemental Information

Step 1: Online Application:ÂIn order to be considered for a position with the Murrieta Fire & Rescue Department, applicants must submit an online application and required documents in response to a current job opportunity listed on the City's website.

Step 2: Oral Interview and EMS Assessment:ÂQualified applicants will be required to complete oral interviews and an EMS assessment as part of the recruitment process. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for early April 2018.

Step 3: Conditional Job Offer:ÂFollowing the successful completion of all prior steps, candidates may be made a conditional job offer. Job offers are conditional upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, psychological and medical examinations.

Step 4: Background Investigation:ÂQualified applicants will undergo a complete, comprehensive background investigation.

Step 5: Psychological and Medical Examinations:ÂQualified applicants shall undergo a psychological assessment by a qualified professional to determine their suitability for the position. In addition, applicants will complete a full medical examination, including drug screening.

  • Only online applications will be accepted. Resumes may not be substituted for the required online application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

Closing Date/Time: 3/20/2018 5:00 PM Pacific