Jobs: CONFIRE Looking to Hire Lateral Firefighter-Paramedics

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has announced openings for Firefighter-Paramedic (Lateral) positions within its agency with a deadline of Friday May 2, 2014.

This one week filing period was done to allow CONFIRE the opportunity to update their nearly 4-year-old list and ensure the best possible candidates are hired and brought to the County.

Here is the job description as posted on Agency.governmentjobs.com

Job Title: Firefighter-Paramedic (Lateral)
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 05/02/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $2,730.90 – $3,659.67 Biweekly
$5,916.95 – $7,929.28 Monthly
$71,003.40 – $95,151.36 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Martinez, California

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has established a lateral entry recruitment program for skilled Firefighter-Paramedics. In addition to participating in fire suppression and prevention activities, Firefighter-Paramedics provide Advanced Live Support (ALS) first responder pre-hospital emergency medical care to victims of accidents, injuries, and illness.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has 23 fully staffed stations located throughout East, West, and Central Contra Costa County. Firefighter-Paramedics work two 24-hour shifts during a six-day shift cycle resulting in an average work week of 56 hours. Employees are expected to live at their assigned station while on duty.

The eligible list established will remain in effect for twelve (12) months.

Typical tasks of a Firefighter-Paramedic include Advanced Life Support duties and the normal range of Firefighter duties divided into three operational areas: (1) fire suppression, (2) basic emergency medical services and rescue, and (3) fire prevention, education and maintenance. Emergency medical services tasks are performed under District sponsorship within the scope of State licensure and County accreditation.

Advanced Life Support Duties as a Licensed Paramedic:

  • Performs any activity identified in the scope of practice of an EMT-1
  • Performs defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion
  • Visualizes the airway by use of the laryngoscope and remove foreign body(-ies) with forceps
  • Performs pulmonary ventilation by use of lower airway multi-lumen adjuncts, the esophageal airway and adult oral endotracheal intubation
  • Institutes intravenous (IV) catheters, saline locks, needles or other cannulae (IV lines), in peripheral veins; and monitor and administer medications through pre-existing vascular access
  • Administers intravenous glucose solutions or isotonic balanced salt solutions, including ringer’s lactate solution
  • Uses glucose measuring device
  • Performs needle cricothyroidotomy
  • Administers approved medications by the following routes: intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, inhalation, transcutaneous, rectal, sublingual, endotracheal, oral or topical
  • Administers medications approved for use by the State EMS Authority and local medical director

Critical tasks for basic emergency rescue and care operations, as determined by task analysis, are:

  • Performs all tasks and critical tasks listed under Emergency Medical Care and Rescue Operations
  • Performs synchronized cardioversion
  • Performs pulmonary ventilation by use of the esophageal airway and endotracheal intubation
  • Institutes intravenous (IV) catheters, heparin locks, saline locks, needles, or other cannulae (IV lines) in peripheral veins and monitors and administers medications through pre-existing vascular access
  • Administers intravenous glucose solutions or isotonic balanced salt solutions, including Ringer’s lactate solution
  • Obtains venous blood samples
  • Performs Valsalva’s maneuver
  • Performs needle thoracostomy
  • Monitors thoracostomy tubes and IV solutions containing potassium equal to or less than 20mEq/L
  • Administers using prepackaged medicinal products when available
  • Performs or monitors other procedure(s) or administers any other medication(s) determined to be appropriate for EMT-P use in the professional judgment of the medical direction of the local EMS agency that have been approved by the Director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority when the EMT-P has been trained and tested in those topics and skills as required to demonstrate competence in the additional practice(s)

Fire Suppression Operations:

  • Responds to emergencies with a fire company
  • Drives fire department vehicles to fires and/or medical emergencies
  • Operates pumpers
  • Lays and connects hose lines
  • Operates nozzles to direct fire streams and uses ladders, ropes, axes, etc.
  • Enters burning structures to remove occupants from danger and to combat fires
  • Lays salvage covers and assists in salvage operations
  • Washes, drains, dries and replaces fire hoses
  • Performs routine vehicle and apparatus inspections
  • Assists in the maintenance of fire hydrants and automotive equipment
  • Attends and participates in fire department training programs
  • Inspects building and properties for fire hazards
  • Assists in the maintenance of station, quarters and grounds
  • Performs other tasks as required

Critical tasks for firefighting operations, as determined by task analysis, are:

  • Uses, inspects, and maintains breathing apparatus
  • Connects and operates nozzles, valves and fittings
  • Makes suction and discharge connections
  • Removes hydrant caps and operates hydrant valves
  • Operates and recharges dry-chem extinguishers
  • Conducts aerial ladder evolutions with ladder pipes, turret pipes and ground monitor
  • Conducts hose evolutions by carrying rolled/folded hose aloft from truck, couples and uncouples, extends/reduces, reels and unreels
  • Conducts ground ladder evolutions: carry, set-up, foot, lock-in, and climb
  • Drives automotive equipment
  • Manually lifts and carries injured persons
  • Uses jacks in rescue and other operations
  • Operates mobile and portable radio equipment
  • Conducts hoisting evolutions with hoses and equipment
  • Operates digging, striking and prying tools
  • Sets up and uses smoke ejectors
  • Utilizes hydraulic (pushing/pulling) equipment
  • Conducts electrical evolutions: set up portable lights

Fire Prevention, Education and Maintenance Operations:

  • Performs fire prevention activities
  • Inspects buildings and properties for fire hazards
  • Performs public education activities
  • Conducts fire education classes for the public
  • Attends and participates in fire department training programs and maintains required skill levels
  • Washes, drains, dries and replaces fire hoses
  • Inspects and conducts daily maintenance and light service of vehicles and apparatus
  • Assists in the maintenance of station, quarters and grounds
  • Performs other tasks, as required

Critical tasks for these operations, as determined by task analysis, are:

  • Inspects and maintains breathing apparatus
  • Inspects, tests and maintains power tools
  • Inspects and maintains all station vehicles
  • Maintains dry-chem extinguishers

License Required: (1) Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator’s license will be accepted during the application process. Prior to the completion of the one year probation period, must possess and maintain thereafter a valid Class B Restricted Firefighter California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License to drive and operate fire apparatus (2) Possession of a valid Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) License. Must obtain Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Accreditation within 60 days of appointment. (3) Prior to the completion of the one year probation period, must possess and maintain thereafter a Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Level Certificate issued by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Age: At least 18 years of age.

Education: Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency or high school proficiency certificate.

Experience: 1) Successful completion of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Academy as a Firefighter-Paramedic Recruit or Firefighter-Recruit; or 2) one year of active employment in a paid, full-time position as a sworn uniformed firefighter in any city, county, state, or federal fire department and one year of experience in a paid, full-time position as a paramedic delivering ALS care (may be concurrent with firefighting experience).

Physical Requirements: Ability to meet such health standards as may be established by the County Medical Consultant.

ON-LINE APPLICATION ONLY
1. Application Filing: Applicants must apply on-line at www.cccounty.us/hr and a completed Supplemental Questionnaire is required. Faxed applications WILL NOT be accepted. Resumes may not be substituted for the official on-line County application. Supplemental Questionnaires can be faxed, scanned and attached to your on-line application, or emailed to [email protected] Please see additional locations to apply on the reverse side of this announcement.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3.Oral Interview: An oral interview will be conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board in Martinez, CA. The Board will evaluate candidates in job-related areas, and management, technical and interpersonal skills appropriate to the position. Immediately prior to the oral interview, candidates may be given a problem exercise and asked to respond to it as part of the oral interview. Candidates must receive a rating of at least 70 from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)