NOTE: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY, ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT LINK PROVIDED
Graduation from high school or equivalent. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment.
Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:
1. Current State of Florida Paramedic certification.
2. Current designation as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider.
3. A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position.
4. Successful applicants must meet all requirements for Drivers as listed in Florida Statutes 401.281.
5. External Candidates will need to provide a sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products.
Prior to the interview date, proof of the following must be provided:
Candidates must possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate provided by an authorized CPAT testing center OR the candidate must have passed Alachua County’s Fireground Physical Ability Test (FPAT) prior to interview date.
Valid CPAT certificates must be dated within 1 year of application date.
Upon appointment to position, the following must be completed and maintained as a condition of employment:
1. Current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance or ability to obtain State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance within one year from the initial date of full-time employment with Alachua County Fire Rescue.
2. Certification by the Alachua County Medical Director within the first month of employment and maintain this certification as a condition of employment.
3. Successful completion of a department sponsored certified sixteen hour (EVOC) Emergency Vehicle Operator Course within the first month of employment.
4. External candidates-Successful completion of twelve month probation.
Internal candidates-Successful completion of six month probation.
This is responsible technical and supervisory work in the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department providing medical care to the critically ill or injured and performing firefighting duties as required by the situation.
This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.
An employee assigned to this classification is the supervisor on an ALS ambulance who is responsible for rendering initial evaluations of patients and performing basic and/or advanced life support procedures on the sick or injured and performing firefighter duties including combating, extinguishing and preventing fires as required.
Work is performed within standard guidelines and under physician’s orders. An employee is expected to exercise considerable independent judgment, based on technical training in the emergency medical field. Work is reviewed by higher level supervision through quality assurance, reports and observation of results obtained.
Classification Level Pay Structure:
The Alachua County Fire Rescue pay structure includes classification levels. For external candidates pay levels are defined by status of fire certification. Internal candidates, levels are defined by fire certification and length of service. New employees will be classified in the following.
Paramedic Incentive Pay:
Alachua County Fire Rescue offers a $7500 annual incentive in addition to the annual salary to all applicable bargaining unit employees who possess a State of Florida Paramedic certification and receive medical clearance certification by the Alachua County Medical Director.
Rescue Lieutenant (Level 1)
This classification includes employees who meet most minimum requirements but do not possess a current State of Florida Certificate of Compliance. Employees in the Level 1 classification will be paid $13.3714 hourly/$44,500.02 annually plus $ 7500.00 annual Paramedic Incentive Pay.
Rescue Lieutenant (Level 2)
This classification includes employees who meet all of the minimum requirements including a current State of Florida Certificate of Compliance. Employees in the Level 2 classification will be paid $13.6419 hourly/$45,400.24 annually plus $7500.00 annual Paramedic Incentive Pay.
Rescue Lieutenant (Level 3)
This classification includes current Alachua County Fire Rescue employees who meet all of the minimum qualifications and have one year’s experience as a Firefighter Paramedic with Alachua County Fire Rescue. Employees in the Level 3 classification will be paid $13.9123 hourly/$46,300.13 plus $7500 annual Paramedic Incentive Pay.
Examples of Duties
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Responds to medical, fire and other emergency and non-emergency calls.
Counsels employees as required, supervises and evaluates assigned driver.
Performs duties of field training officer with probationary employees and acts as a preceptor for EMT and Paramedic students.
Utilizes all required safety measures when performing assigned job duties.
Determines extent of illness or injury, establishes priority for required care and performs triage.
Provides emergency medical assistance including, but not limited to: airway control and maintenance, positive pressure ventilation, cardiac resuscitation, cardiac monitoring, intravenous therapy and pharmacological therapy.
Provides control of hemorrhaging and limb and spinal immobilization; bandages wounds and treats other medical emergencies.
Transmits patient information to the receiving facility via telephone or radio.
Assists in moving patients to emergency medical vehicles to transport to a medical facility.
Reports necessary information to emergency room upon arrival with patient and fully documents information on run report as required.
Initiates command procedures in compliance with the department’s Incident Command System (ICS).
Supervises the delivery of critical patient care upon arrival at the scene to ensure proper care is administered.
Prepares and maintains records and reports as directed and in accordance with State, local, and department’s guidelines.
Operates hose line and other emergency equipment used in extinguishing fires.
Ventilates burning buildings; performs forcible entry as necessary.
Recognizes and secures evidence of arson for analysis; secures building before leaving the scene.
Assists in inspections and pre-fire tactical surveys of area buildings.
Attends and participates in company drills and training sessions.
Assists in cleaning, restocking, and maintaining vehicle and equipment after each call.
Inspects equipment and supplies daily to ensure that vehicle is in compliance with all state and local laws and requirements.
Performs routine maintenance of quarters, station and grounds.
Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.
NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of current emergency medical treatment procedures and departmental medical care protocols.
Thorough knowledge of emergency medical and fire equipment, operation and maintenance.
Thorough knowledge of departmental Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual.
Considerable knowledge of fire prevention, suppression, and extinguishment techniques.
Ability to respond quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
Ability to recognize life-threatening situations and react accordingly.
Ability to follow precise technical instructions from a physician via phone or radio.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to learn and operate relatively complex fire fighting equipment.
Ability to perform prolonged and difficult work under adverse conditions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and representatives from other agencies.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.
The employee is frequently required to lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places, in outside weather conditions; and with explosives and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.