Firefighter/Paramedic - Lateral

  • Petaluma, California
  • Nov 29, 2019
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Safety
  • Salary: $96,119.81 - $105,813.56 Annually

Job Description

Summary/Class Characteristics

Firefighter/Paramedic - Lateral
In addition to a competitive salary and CalPERS Retirement, this postilion offers a generous benefits package and many special pays and incentives. These include:

  • CalPERS Health Program: City pays 95% of Bay Area Kaiser ratepremium for employee and eligible dependents
  • Dental/Vision/Life/LTD Insurance: paid 100% by City
  • Holiday Pay: 156 hours per year
  • Longevity pay: 5% at 15 years of service
  • Education Pay: up to $2400 per year
  • Bilingual Pay: up to $2400 per year
  • Sick Leave: earn 144 hours per year. Sick leave will be charged against the employee's accrual at the rate of an hour for an hour based on actual sick leave usage, for the first day of sick leave used per injury and illness. Each successive day will be charged at the rate 12 hours for the same injury or illness.
  • Compensatory Time Off Bank: earn hours at 1.5 times actual hours worked up to 240 hours
  • Vacation Time:earn upto 12 shifts (288 hours) per year
  • Cash in Lieu of Medical/Dental Benefits: receive 50% of Kaiser Bay Area premium and Dental premium as cash payment (with proof of other insurance for employee and eligible dependents)

The following salary increases are scheduled:
January 1, 2020 - $30.51 - $36.96 hourly (2% increase)
July 1, 2020 - $30.82 - $37.33 (1% increase)
January 1, 2021 - $31.13 - $37.70 (1% increase)

We are currently recruiting to fill 6 vacancies that will help us to implement a third firefighter staffed FF/P ALS Ambulance.

Successful Lateral candidates can expect to be hired at Step 3, $96,119.82 annual base salaryplus any applicable special pays.

The Petaluma Fire Department is a full-service fire and rescue agency. The Department operates from three stations strategically located around Petaluma. The Department staffs two engine companies, one truck company, two dual-role FF/P ALS ambulances, and a 24-hour Battalion Chief. Firefighter/Paramedics rotate between the ambulances, engines, and ladder truck (if assigned to that station). Call volume is challenging and varied but still allows time for training and exposure to the many facets that makes Petaluma a place for an exciting career. Three shifts of personnel work a 48-hour on, 96-hour off schedule. You can expect to gain expertise in the following functional areas: EMS response; Structure and Wildland Fire Suppression; Rescue Systems; Water Rescue; Confined Space; Public Education; Fire Prevention; Disaster Preparedness; Hazardous Materials and more. The response area is a combination of urban, suburban, and rural. We have significant vehicle related challenges, a wildland interface area, and often work with CalFire and surrounding paid and volunteer organizations in the greater Petaluma area. The Petaluma Fire Department has a rich history of service and recently celebrated its 162nd anniversary of service to the community.

A Firefighter/Paramedic responds to fires, medical emergencies, and other emergency and non-emergency situations and takes appropriate action to protect life and property; perform various staff support assignments in addition to normal emergency response activities. Firefighter/Paramedics are assigned to both engine and ambulance shifts. General supervision is provided by the Fire Captain, and responsibilities may include the indirect supervision of support staff.


Respond to calls for medical aid, including traffic collisions and rescue situations. Provide pre-hospital care, including examining patients and monitoring vital signs; establish I.V. lines, administer medications, insert airway, defibrillate heart and take other basic and advanced first aid and life support actions; communicate with hospital and or health care professionals in person or by radio; complete required reports. Restock supplies and maintain ambulances and other emergency vehicles and equipment in proper working condition.

In a fire emergency, connect supply lines, control and extinguish fires, using various size hand-lines, master streams and portable water monitors; connect foam eductors and apply foam and chemicals for fire suppression and control.

Deploy ladders, search buildings and rescue victims from buildings and motor vehicles sometimes using specialized power and hand tools; use various hand and power tools to obtain entry to buildings, free trapped accident victims, and provide ventilation.

Participate in specialized rescue operations, including aerial, water, underground and confined space situations, including the use of rigging and shoring.

Contain, control, and decontaminate hazardous material spills.

Participate in clean-up, salvage, overhaul operations; clean, service, and ensure operational readiness of fire vehicles, apparatus, hoses and equipment; assist with the maintenance of stations and facilities.

Participate in various staff support assignments including but not limited to: fire prevention, inspection, and maintenance of inventory records, scheduled inspection of department equipment, fire inspection, and investigation.

Work with the community in a variety of educational, public relations, and service programs.

May serve in higher level classification, on a relief basis if certified and/or licensed to do so; may direct the work of others, particularly in a medical emergency.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Education :
Equivalent to graduation from high school.

Experience :
Ambulance experience as a Paramedic and previous firefighting experience in a paid capacity.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Must possess a valid California Class C driver license. Must obtain a valid California Class C driver license with a Firefighter Endorsement or higher within 36 months of hire.

Physical Requirements
Must pass and maintain physical requirements as specified by the City and be able to wear self-contained breathing apparatus.

Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Must be currently employed as a paid, full-time firefighter/paramedic with at least one-year experience in that capacity. ALS medical transport experience highly desirable.
  • NO CPAT required for lateral candidates.
  • Current accreditation as a Paramedic in advanced life support, either through the National Registry or State of California.
  • Sonoma County (Coastal Valleys EMS) accreditation as a paramedic is required within three months of hire.
  • CSMF Firefighter 1 certification or FF1 Academy Completion required.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to palpate, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift weight in excess of over 150 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; explosives; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

A Firefighter is required to wear appropriate firefighting and chemical safety apparel and equipment, including turnout gear, helmet, hood, and self-contained breathing apparatus.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous