Firefighter/Paramedic - Lateral

  • Petaluma, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Health
  • Salary: $92,703.65 - $112,266.31 Annually USD

Job Description

Summary/Class Characteristics

Firefighter/Paramedic - Lateral

Successful Lateral candidates can expect to be hired at Step 3, $102,047 annual base salary plus any applicable special pays. In addition, the following incentives will apply:

  • A bank of 60 hours of sick leave at the time of hire.
  • A bank of 48 hours of vacation leave at the time of hire.
  • Two-week intensive training academy.
  • No CPAT requirement.
The following salary increase is scheduled:
July 1, 2022 (2% COLA):
$32.39 - $39.22/hour
$94,572- $114,514/year

We are currently recruiting to fill 2-3 current and anticipated vacancies within the next year. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis. This recruitment will remain open until positions are filled and may close at any time. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Anticipated recruit training academy will take place in late Spring/early Summer 2022.

In addition to a competitive salary and CalPERS Retirement, this position offers a generous benefits package and many special pays and incentives. These include but not limited to:
  • CalPERS Health Program: City pays 95% of Bay Area Kaiser rate premium for employee and eligible dependents
  • Dental/Vision/Life/LTD/EAP: paid 100% by City
  • Retiree Medical Trust
  • Holiday Pay: 156 hours per year (value approximately $4953 - $5998 annually)
  • Longevity Pay: 5% at 15 years of service
  • Education Pay: up to $2400 per year
  • Bilingual Pay: up to $2400 per year
  • Sick Leave: earn 144 hours per year. Sick leave will be charged against the employee's accrual at the rate of an hour for an hour based on actual sick leave usage, for the first day of sick leave used per injury and illness. Each successive day will be charged at the rate 12 hours for the same injury or illness.
  • Compensatory Time Off Bank: earn hours at 1.5 times actual hours worked up to 240 hours
  • Vacation Time: earn up to 12 shifts (288 hours) per year
  • Cash in Lieu of Medical/Dental Benefits: receive 50% of Kaiser Bay Area premium and Dental premium as cash payment (with proof of other insurance for employee and eligible dependents)
  • Paid Parental Leave - up to 8 weeks (or equivalent hours) of paid time for qualifying family bond
A City that Works for Everyone
Our City has an enormous amount of civic pride which celebrates multiple approaches and points of view. When we say we are a City that Works for Everyone we mean everyone. To do that well, we're creating a workforce that is inclusive and listens to the multitude of voices and views of our employees. Diversity is an integral part of our organizational identity. Inclusion is the way we treat and perceive our differences. Equity is treating all our employees fairly and acknowledging that everyone has value. This drives our innovation, motivation and connects us even closer to our community.

Please Note (updated April 11, 2022)
In order to ensure the City fulfills its primary function of protecting the health and safety of our community and employees, the City of Petaluma has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All City of Petaluma employees are required to comply with the provisions of the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy. Therefore, any candidate selected to move forward in the selection process, as a condition of employment, will be required to either: (1) provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (p roof of vaccination means being fully vaccinated according to the latest criteria established by federal and local public health agencies); or (2) submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

The Petaluma Fire Department is a full-service fire and rescue agency. The Department operates from three stations strategically located around Petaluma. The Department staffs two engine companies, one truck/engine cross-staffed company, three dual-role ALS ambulances, and a 24-hour Battalion Chief. Last year the PFD responded to over 7000 calls for service! We are currently recruiting to fill 6 vacancies. Petaluma Firefighters work the 48/96 schedule and rotate each set between engine and ambulance positions. Call volume is challenging and varied but still allows time for training and exposure to the many facets that makes Petaluma a place for an exciting career. As an employee of the Petaluma Fire Department, you can expect to gain expertise in EMS response, Structure and Wildland Fire Suppression, Vehicle Extrication, Rescue Systems, and more. The response area is a combination of a historic downtown, urban, suburban, and rural areas. Our community has a river, marina, small airport, historic and modern industry, a highway, high-speed rail, rural roads, and wildland interface that all represent their own challenges and critical calls for service. Petaluma firefighters often work locally with CalFire and surrounding paid and volunteer organizations in the greater Petaluma area as well as provide strike team support on large incidents with our OES type 1 Engine and Type 6 brush truck.

The Petaluma Fire Department has a rich history of service since 1857!

A Firefighter/Paramedic responds to fires, medical emergencies, and other emergency and non-emergency situations and take appropriate action to protect life and property; perform various staff support assignments in addition to normal emergency response activities.

General supervision is provided by the Fire Captain; responsibilities may include the indirect supervision of support staff.


Respond to calls for medical aid, including traffic collisions and rescue situations. Provide pre-hospital care, including examining patients and monitoring vital signs; establish I.V. lines, administer medications, insert airway, defibrillate heart and take other basic and advanced first aid and life support actions; communicate with hospital and or health care professionals in person or by radio; complete required reports. Restock supplies and maintain ambulances and other emergency vehicles and equipment in proper working condition.

In a fire emergency, connect supply lines, control and extinguish fires, using various size hand-lines, deck ladders and portable water monitors; connect foam eductors and apply foam and chemicals for fire suppression and control.

Search buildings and rescue victims from buildings and motor vehicles sometimes using specialized power and hand tools; use various hand and power tools to obtain entry to buildings, free trapped accident victims, and provide ventilation.

Participate in specialized rescue operations, including aerial, water, underground and confined space situations, including the use of rigging and shoring.

Contain, control, and decontaminate hazardous material spills.

Participate in clean-up, salvage, overhaul operations; clean, service, and ensure operational readiness of fire vehicles, apparatus, hoses and equipment; assist with the maintenance of stations and facilities.

Participate in various staff support assignments including but not limited to: fire prevention, inspection, and maintenance of inventory records, scheduled inspection of department equipment, fire inspection, and investigation.

Work with the community in a variety of educational, public relations, and service programs; may provide CPR training classes as assigned.

May serve in higher level classification, on a relief basis if certified and/or licensed to do so; may direct the work of others, particularly in a medical emergency.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Must be currently employed as a paid, full-time firefighter/paramedic with at least one year experience in that capacity. ALS medical transport experience highly desirable.
  • NO CPAT required for lateral candidates.
  • Current accreditation as a Paramedic in advanced life support, either through the National Registry or State of California.
  • Sonoma County (Coastal Valleys EMS) accreditation as a paramedic is required within three months of hire.
  • CSMF Firefighter 1 certification or FF1 Academy completion required.

Education :
Equivalent to graduation from high school.

Experience :
Must be currently employed as a paid, full-time firefighter with at least one year experience in that capacity.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Must possess a valid California Class C driver license. Must obtain a valid California Class C driver license with a Firefighter Endorsement or higher within 36 months of hire.
Current certification as a Paramedic in advanced life support, either through the National Registry Paramedic or State of California. Must maintain local certification requirements.

Accreditation in the County of Sonoma as an EMT-Paramedic within three months of date of hire.

Physical Requirements
Must pass and maintain physical requirements as specified by the City and be able to wear self-contained breathing apparatus.

Must be willing to work shifts as structured in the fire department.

Application and Selection Process:
All completed application documents will be reviewed. An application submitted without complete information will not be considered. A screening committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant who has met the minimum requirements for the position. The highest-ranking applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process, and the decision of the screening committee is final.

Hiring Requirements
Candidates being considered for selection may be subject to an oral interview, practical exercise or other qualification testing, background investigation, polygraph, pre-employment medical/psychological examination, and State of California Department of Justice fingerprint search of records. Successful candidates must pass a drug screen as part of the pre-employment medical examination to be considered for appointment. All statements made on application materials must be correct and will be subject to investigation and verification.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to palpate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift weight in excess of over 150 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; explosives; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

A Firefighter/Paramedic is required to wear appropriate firefighting and chemical safety apparel and equipment, including turnout gear, helmet, hood, and self-contained breathing apparatus.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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