Fire Paramedic

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Health

Job Description

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Individuals working as Firefighter Paramedic in the Merit System are responsible for responding to fire or emergency medical calls, rescue operations, and a variety of non-emergency calls to protect lives and property. Such individuals also participate in the maintenance of fire equipment and apparatus, rescue vehicles, and the station. The work of employees in this job class is performed within established policies and procedures and is reviewed by a Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, or through performance evaluations.

  • Administers patient care to all victims/patients by following accepted medical guidelines and using specialized medical equipment to ensure life safety of incident patients/victims.
  • Participates in activities that project a positive image of the department to the public by attending off site facilities or hosting visitors at the station to conduct trainings, tours and other community related activities.
  • Conducts fire safety activities for the general public that are designed to reduce the risk of fire related incidents from occurring and enhance awareness of general fire safety precautions.
  • Assists in developing pre-fire plans for businesses, public buildings, and residences to include surveying buildings, collecting information regarding hazardous materials, occupancy, hydrant location, etc.
  • Participates in activities designed to maintain and enhance job related skills and knowledge in order to keep certifications current and increase individual and department proficiency in incident response capability.
  • Ensures proper operation and conditioning of equipment used for incident response by performing scheduled cleaning, checks and maintenance to enable safe and effective incident response and mitigation.
  • Locates and removes victims from incident scenes by utilizing specialized rescue techniques and equipment for extrication of victims to minimize trauma, ensure life safety and transport to the appropriate facility for patient care.
  • Carries out officer/incident commander’s fire suppression orders by following incident response guidelines to extinguish the fire and ensure life safety of victims.
  • Acts to minimize impact of property loss from incidents by assessing what areas of the incident should be preserved for investigation and by inspecting the scene and determining what debris should be left undisturbed to permit later investigation.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

This position is subject to close at any time.
  • Possess a current Paramedic License and National Registry certification.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the announcement closing date.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or a G.E.D. certificate by the announcement closing date.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Be able to obtain a Firefighter I/II Certification within one year of the hire date.

  • Firefighter I and Firefighter II certification.
  • Passing score on the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) if not Firefighter I/II certified.

  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Customer Service.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Sensory Abilities.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of normal standards and values for patient vital signs (i.e., blood pressure, pulse, temperature) in order to detect deviation.
  • Knowledge of the immediate and temporary treatment of a victim of sudden illness or injury.
  • Knowledge of state EMS protocols.
  • Knowledge of medical care used for patients with life threatening illnesses or injuries until patient can be given full medical care (e.g., cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, drowning, and foreign body airway obstruction).
  • Knowledge of fire prevention techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of standard firefighting tactics for combating fires and changes in standards.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal fire service training standards.
  • Knowledge of firefighting equipment maintenance procedures.

Work is conducted both indoors in employer-owned facilities (e.g., fire station) as well as regular field visits to external places of business, residences, and Emergency Medical facilities. Work involves use of firefighting/lifesaving equipment. May be exposed to hazardous weather conditions, roadway traffic, infectious diseases, and angry/irate citizens.

Job involves moderate physical exertion required for occasional prolonged periods of lifting, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, or running. May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 75 lbs. Work involves physical ability necessary to combat/extinguish fires and respond to emergency medical calls.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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