Firefighter/Paramedic - Lateral and Entry-Level

  • Petaluma, California
  • Nov 13, 2021
Full Time Fire and EMS Public Health
  • Salary: $92,703.65 - $112,266.31 Annually USD

Job Description

Summary/Class Characteristics

Firefighter/Paramedic - Lateral and Entry-Level

The following salary increases are scheduled:
July 1, 2022 (2% COLA) - $32.39 - $39.22/hour

Successful Lateral candidates can expect to be hired at Step 3, $102,501 annual base salary plus any applicable special pays.

We are currently recruiting to fill 6-8 current and anticipated vacancies within the next year. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis until positions are filled. Anticipated recruit training academy will take place in early Spring 2022.

In addition to a competitive salary and CalPERS Retirement, this position offers a generous benefits package and many special pays and incentives. These include:
  • CalPERS Health Program: City pays 95% of Bay Area Kaiser rate premium for employee and eligible dependents
  • Dental/Vision/Life/LTD Insurance: paid 100% by City
  • Retiree Medical Trust
  • Holiday Pay: 156 hours per year (value approximately $4953 - $5998 annually)
  • 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 up to 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 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/engine cross-staffed company, three dual-role ALS ambulances, and a 24-hour Battalion Chief. Last year the PFD responded to over 7000 calls for service! We are currently recruiting to fill 6 vacancies. Petaluma Firefighters work the 48/96 schedule and rotate each set between engine and ambulance positions. 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. As an employee of the Petaluma Fire Department, you can expect to gain expertise in EMS response, Structure and Wildland Fire Suppression, Vehicle Extrication, Rescue Systems, and more. The response area is a combination of a historic downtown, urban, suburban, and rural areas. Our community has a river, marina, small airport, historic and modern industry, a highway, high-speed rail, rural roads, and wildland interface that all represent their own challenges and critical calls for service. Petaluma firefighters often work locally with CalFire and surrounding paid and volunteer organizations in the greater Petaluma area as well as provide strike team support on large incidents with our OES type 1 Engine and Type 6 brush truck.

The Petaluma Fire Department has a rich history of service since 1857!

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 or EMT and previous firefighting experience in a volunteer or paid capacity is highly desirable.

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.
  • CSFM Firefighter 1 certification or FF1 Academy Completion required.

Entry Level Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Current accreditation as a Paramedic in advanced life support, either through the National Registry or State of California OR currently attending an accredited California Paramedic Academy at the time of application. Certification as a Paramedic in advanced life support, either through the National Registry or State of California is required prior to a final job offer.
  • CPAT required prior to interview panel assessment.
  • CSFM Firefighter 1 certification or FF1 Academy Completion required.
    • Exception: Paramedics with over one-year full-time equivalent experience may apply if currently enrolled in a CSFM FF1 Academy. FF1 Academy completion is required prior to a final job offer.

California Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Some applicants are required to submit proof of successful completion of a California Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to Human Resources prior to the interview panel assessment. The CPAT card of completion must have an issuance date that is less than a year from the date of application for the proof to be valid. Go to for upcoming test dates.

If you do not have a valid CPAT card at the time your application is submitted, you must indicate the date and location of your scheduled test on your supplemental questionnaire. Once you have received your CPAT card, please submit a PDF copy via email to hr @ as soon as it is available.

Application and Selection Process:
All completed application documents will be reviewed. An application submitted without complete information will not be considered. A screening committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant who has met the minimum requirements for the position. The highest-ranking applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the process, and the decision of the screening committee is final.

Highly Qualified Applicants
Applicants demonstrating the following will be rated as most highly qualified:
  • Full-time paid Firefighting experience.
  • Experience as Paramedic on an ambulance responding to emergency 911 calls.
Hiring Requirements
Candidates being considered for selection are subject to an oral interview, practical exercise or other qualification testing, background investigation, polygraph, pre-employment medical/psychological examination, and State of California Department of Justice fingerprint search of records. Successful candidates must pass a drug screen as part of the pre-employment medical examination to be considered for appointment. All statements made on application materials must be correct and will be subject to investigation and verification.

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

Job Address

Petaluma, California United States View Map