Firefighter/Paramedic (Lateral)

  • City of Vallejo
  • Vallejo, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Health
  • Salary: $98,894.33 - $120,207.26 Annually USD

Job Description


The Vallejo Fire Department consists of 99 employees, who are staffed between Administration, Suppression, Training, and Fire Prevention divisions. The Department averages over 12,000 calls per year and boasts two of the more active engine companies in the state.

Fire Suppression Division
Fire Suppression consists of 88 Firefighter-Paramedics, Engineers, Captains, and Battalion Chiefs. The staff are spread across three different shifts and seven stations to ensure City coverage to citizens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each shifts is led by a Battalion Chief.

Training Division
The Training Division is responsible for providing continuous training and education to internal members, overseeing the Department's three-year Apprenticeship program, running the Apprentice Recruit Academy, and managing the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) section. Training staff consists of one Battalion Chief and one Fire Captain.

Fire Prevention Division
The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for safety inspections, plan checks and permitting, fire reports and investigations, weed abatement, and public education and outreach. The Fire Prevention division consists of a Prevention Manager, two Fire Inspectors, and one Secretary.

For more information about the Vallejo Fire Department please visit their webpage by clicking here.

The Vallejo Fire Department is actively seeking highly motivated persons who have successfully been placed on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center Statewide Eligibility List (FCTC) and who possess a valid EMT-Paramedic License, a valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, and a valid Cal-JAC Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Card. The ideal candidates will have a desire to actively support our commitment to providing a high level of service to our community through innovation, training, and cutting-edge technology.

Recruits will undergo a fire training academy and receive additional departmental training designed to provide an overview of the fire service in various regulations and procedures, firefighter techniques, and other related duties. During the academy, recruits will be assigned to a 40/hour work week schedule. Upon completion, academy graduates will transition to a 56.3/hour work week.

Firefighters/Paramedics receive paramedic specialty pay on top of base salary of Firefighter for their possession of required certifications and licenses.

Receives supervision from supervisory or management staff.


The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. For more information please click City of Vallejo .
Essential Functions
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following :
  • Responds to alarms and assists in the suppression of fires, including rescue, entry, ventilating and salvage work.
  • Performs clean up and overhaul work and checking, testing and maintenance activities on apparatus and equipment to return it to readiness for further alarms.
  • Assists in maintaining fire apparatus and equipment and fire station and grounds.
  • Responds to emergency calls.
  • Operates resuscitators and inhalators and administers first aid.
  • Drives equipment to fire scenes and assumes responsibility for readiness of firefighting apparatus.
  • Assists in making residential, commercial and industrial inspections to discover and eliminate potential fire hazards, to educate the public in fire prevention and to be prepared for fire suppression tactics.
  • Participates in a continuing training and instruction program by individual study of technical material and attendance at scheduled drills and classes; may serve in the fire prevention unit.
  • Acts as relief fire captain as assigned.
  • Responds to major alarms while off duty.
  • May be required to work irregular hours, to stand by for calls, and to be quartered overnight at a fire station.

Minimum Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.
  • Twelve (12) months of paid, full-time employment within the last 36 months as a sworn uniformed firefighter in any city, county, state or federal agency.
Candidates for Firefighter/Paramedic must possess the following licenses/certifications prior to submitting an application:
  1. Valid Cal-JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Card
  2. Valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
  3. Valid EMT-Paramedic License
Candidates for Firefighter/Paramedic must possess the following licenses/certifications prior to completing the Vallejo Fire Academy:
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS)Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certificate (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professional Certificate (PEPP)Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Certificate (PHTLS) or Basic Trauma Life Support Certification (BTLS) or International Trauma Life Support Certification (ITLS)A Valid Emergency Medical Technician-1 Certification Valid California Driver's License must be obtained prior to employment with the City of Vallejo Driver's License: Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License with a Firefighter's endorsement throughout the tenure of their employment.

Physical Requirements for both levels:
Must be physically capable of performing all essential duties required of a City of Vallejo Firefighter/Paramedic, including rigorous activities associated with emergency operations. Fitness will initially be determined by possession of a Cal-JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT), and ability to pass a medical evaluation.

Knowledge of:
  • Elementary chemistry and mechanics.
Ability to:
  • Learn technical firefighting principles and techniques and principles of hydraulics applied to fire suppression.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the public.
  • Keep simple records and prepare reports.
  • Mechanical aptitude; physical endurance and agility.
  • Meet standards as to age, height, weight and physical condition.

Additional Information
The Recruitment & Selection Process
1. To be considered for this position candidates must complete a City of Vallejo online application and must scan and attach the required documents and certificates listed below to their application packet at time of submittal for consideration.

IMPORTANT: To be considered for this position you must attach front and back copies the following items to your online application:
  • Valid Cal- JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Card
  • Valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • Valid EMT-Paramedic License
  • Valid California Driver's License must be obtained prior to employment with the City of Vallejo
Applications received without the required attachments will be considered incomplete and will not be given further consideration .

If you currently possess any or all of the following certificates/licenses, required for all City of Vallejo Firefighter/Paramedics prior to completing the Vallejo Fire Academy, please attach front and back copies to your application:
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certificate (PALS) or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professional Certificate (PEPP)
  • Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Certificate (PHTLS) or Basic Trauma Life Support Certification (BTLS) or International Trauma Life Support Certification (ITLS)
  • Valid Emergency Medical Technician-1 Certification
NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo staff are unable to assist with these issues.

2. Applications containing all required materials (see step 1 under Recruitment & Selection Process for required documents/certifications) will be screened for overall qualifications the week of November 21, 2022. Candidates with complete application packets, who meet all of the minimum requirements, found to be the best qualified, and who achieved a score of 70% or higher on the FCTC Written Examination will be invited to participate in a Paramedic Assessment Center.
The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.

3. The Paramedic Assessment Center is weighted at 100% of the candidate's score.

Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70% or higher in order to be placed on the Registered List of Eligibles. Candidates placed on the Registered List of Eligibles will be notified by email. The Paramedic Assessment Center consists of the following components:
  • Oral Panel Interview
  • ACLS Megacode Scenario
  • Trauma Simulation

4. Candidates placed on the Register of Eligibles List will be referred to the Department for further consideration. The Fire Chief will have final discretion in the candidate selections.
The selected candidate(s) will be required to: 1) Provide personal references 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Successfully complete a job-related pre-placement medical exam. 4) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States. 5) Take a loyalty Oath of Office.

In addition, candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process for this position must successfully complete/pass the Apprentice Training Fire Academy in order to maintain employment with the City of Vallejo.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Hajara Shabbir t (707) 648-5402 or send an email to: no later than November 18, 2022, before 5:00 p.m.

Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE ) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

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