Position Detail:

Vista Fire Department
175 N Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92083

San Diego County

760-726-0852 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic - Lateral Entry
Last Filing Date:  February 14, 2021

Special Instructions:  

open until filled


First review of applications will be during the week of Monday, December 14, 2020, so it is in your best interest to apply immediately!

Under general supervision, a Firefighter/Paramedic provides immediate emergency medical care for the sick and injured at emergency scenes and during transportation to a hospital; performs the duties of fire fighter and related work as required.

Positions in this class perform emergency medical treatment, communicate by radio with physicians while at the scene of an emergency, and attend to victims of emergency while en route to a hospital or until other medical personnel assume the responsibility for care of patients. Positions in this class have considerable independence in selecting proper procedures from a variety of standard methods or procedures, as instructions given by a physician generally do not provide all of the information needed. Incumbents are expected to resolve emergency medical problems confronted through the application of judgment and protocols. At the scene of a fire, Firefighter/Paramedics are under the direct command and supervision of Fire Captain or other command personnel.
Examples of Essential Functions
Responds to emergency calls for medical aid, structural fires, and reports of injury accidents; drives paramedic van to scene of the emergency; diagnoses medical problems; establishes direct radio contact with a physician or other qualified hospital personnel; administers cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, intravenous solutions, parenteral injections, emergency bandaging, and splinting and other medical procedures as prescribed by law; applies cardiac monitoring devices; keeps paramedic equipment in order; monitors supplies and is accountable for the inventorying of drugs; gives public demonstrations; teaches first aid and CPR classes; inventories equipment, recording deficiencies, restocking items in truck, and ensuring that truck is totally equipped; conducts training drills in medical treatment techniques; performs fire hydrant tests; tests standard fire fighting equipment; conducts fire inspections; completes response reports and other documents; performs the duties of Firefighter; may act as Fire Engineer or Fire Captain, as assigned; operates City vehicles; and performs related work as required.
Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of training, education and experience, which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position.

A typical qualifying background is experience performing a full range of fire suppression work supplemented by skilled experience performing varied paramedic work.

Experience at or equivalent to the level of Fire Fighter Paramedic in the City of Vista, wherein the incumbent has acquired the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above supplemented by completion of training leading to certification required.


Candidates must posses the following to be considered for the position (PLEASE ATTACH):
A valid Class C California Driver`s License with a satisfactory driving record.
Current California Paramedic License or National Registry Paramedic License.
Cardio pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate (American Heart Association).
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (American Heart Association).
A California State Fire Training Firefighter I or graduation from a Firefighter I accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) with IFSAC and/or Pro Board seals showing you are certified to FF I, Haz- Mat Awareness/FRO, Confined Space awareness, and Wildland Fire Fighter I.
A State of California Fire Marshall Firefighter II certification is highly desirable.
REQUIRED: Proof of successful completion of the Biddle Physical Ability Test OR the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) taken within the last 12 months. Please submit verification letter /ID card with application materials.


*Must obtain San Diego County accreditation by Academy start date. For information on obtaining accreditation click HERE. For workshop information click HERE.

*At a minimum, a California Class "C" Driver`s License with a firefighter endorsement must be obtained by the end of 24 months and maintained as a condition of continued City employment.

*Department of Defense applicants may refer to the same procedures available to out-of-state applicants. The only difference will be that instead of providing copies of your out-of-state certification diplomas, you will provide copies of your DOD certificates with IFASAC and/or Pro Board seals showing you are certified to Fire Fighter I, Haz Mat Awareness/FRO and Wildland Fire Fighter I.

*Firefighter II Certificate is highly desirable.

*Paramedic license, current ACLS and CPR certifications are required to be maintained as a condition of continued City employment.

*Copies of required certifications and/or licenses MUST be submitted with application. Please ONLY submit required documents listed in this job announcement and within one attachment if possible.*

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to communicate effectively verbally and in a written manner; observe and interpret data, and analyze and solve problems. The employee must be able to work indoor office environments/outdoor in the field environments (depending on position); Working conditions include exposure to extreme heat, smoke, dust, fumes, and inclement weather; loud noises such as, but not limited to, sirens, alarms, diesel engines, pumps, power saws, and hydraulic tools; hazardous materials; and infectious or communicable diseases; willing to comply with rules and regulations governing work attire. The employee may have to move up to 50 lbs. and transport up to 100 lbs. objects frequently (depending on position). Vision abilities required by this job include the ability to detect, determine, perceive, identify, estimate, and assess work related objects and/or work products based on position specific designated tasks. The employee may be required to work overtime to complete assignments. Must be able to work a flexible schedule; must be willing to work 24-hour shifts. Use of personal vehicle during employment may also be required.

A City application form, required attachments and supplemental questionnaire MUST be submitted and received by the closing date. Please apply online at www.cityofvista.com. The recruitment will close when a sufficient amount of applications have been received, so it is in your best interest to apply immediately. All other employment inquiries can be directed to the City of Vista, Human Resources Office, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, CA 92084. Telephone: (760) 643-5376.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, and oral exams to evaluate the applicant`s skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and fingerprinting.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in the announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

The City of Vista is an Equal Opportunity and ADA compliant employer. All qualified candidates and veterans are welcome to apply!

Week of December 14, 2020 - First Review of applications
Week of January 11, 2021 - Testing process
Please note, all dates are subject to change.

Starting Salary:  $77,580.00 - $94,332.00 Annually
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   City of Vista, Human Resources
200 Civic Center Drive

Vista, CA 92084

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: N/A
Population Served: 106,400
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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