Firefighter Paramedic (Lateral)

Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
City of Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa, California

Oct 28, 2021

Application Deadline:
Jan 1, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$43.53 - $52.26 hourly

Job Description

Join the City of Santa Rosa!  The City of Santa Rosa is recruiting for the exciting and challenging position of  Firefighter-Paramedic (LATERAL-LEVEL)! This recruitment is being conducted to establish an eligibility list to fill current and future lateral-level Firefighter-Paramedic vacancies within the Santa Rosa Fire Department.  This recruitment is open on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of applications are received, and can close at any time.  

What is a Lateral-Level Firefighter-Paramedic? Prospective lateral-level Firefighter-Paramedic candidates will possess ++at least two years of full-time paid experience as a Firefighter++ with no breaks in service, in an all-risk fire agency and the required licenses and certifications.

Firefighter-Paramedics serve the public by performing fire suppression, prevention, and rescue activities while protecting life, property and the environment; providing basic and advanced life support medical care and treatment; and performing fire prevention duties.

++Salary and Benefits:++A starting salary is commensurate with years of experience performing full-time paid experience in an all-risk fire agency!
A 2.5% Cost of Living Adjustment is scheduled for 4/1/22. In addition to a competitive salary, retirement through CalPERS, and a generous benefits package, the Firefighter-Paramedic position offers opportunities for incentive pay and career advancement! Incentives may include:

  • A 10% incentive pay while working in a paramedic assignment
  • Educational Incentive Pay: 3% for possession of an AA/AS or 60 semester units (or quarter equivalent); or 6% for possession of a BA/BS or 120 semester units (or quarter equivalent) after completion of probation
  • A 3% bilingual premium pay for unit members designated by the City as proficient in the Spanish language
  • A 3% hazardous materials incentive when assigned to the Hazardous Materials Response Team
  • A 2% longevity pay incentive (based on time in CalPERS)


The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:

  • Drive and operate all fire apparatus and equipment
  • Respond to rescue calls as part of an engine or truck company and administer medical care
  • Operate a variety of tools and equipment related to fire suppression, rescue and hazardous materials emergency activities
  • Serve as a hose operator in firefighting situations including laying hose lines, pulling working lines, holding the nozzle to direct the stream of water on the fire, placing, raising, lowering and climbing ladders and assisting in overhaul and salvage operations
  • Inspect and perform routine maintenance on rescue equipment, fire apparatus, hoses and other support equipment
  • Participate in continuous training in fire suppression, prevention and inspection through both simulated and on-the-job exercises
  • Operate engine pumping equipment
  • Inspect commercial, residential and other occupancies for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention codes and ordinances
  • Conduct fire prevention inspection and education programs
  • Operate communication equipment
  • Learn and study Fire Department rules and regulations, fire hazards and firefighting techniques, and related subjects

To view the complete Firefighter job description, inclusive of the required qualifications and working conditions, please click ++HERE++.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the abilities would be: ++Experience++ - Full-time or part-time work experience of sufficient length to demonstrate good work habits;  ++Education++ - Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. Prospective lateral-level Firefighter-Paramedic candidates will possess at least two years of full-time paid experience who have passed probation and with no breaks in service as a Firefighter in an all-risk fire agency.  Additional requirements include the following:

++License or Certificate:++

  • Firefighters working in a paramedic assignment are required to possess and maintain a State of California EMT-P (Paramedic) License and Coastal Valleys Emergency Medical Services Agency (CVEMSA) accreditation. Successful lateral level candidates will possess a State of California EMT-P (Paramedic) License at time of application, with the ability to obtain and maintain Coastal Valleys Emergency Medical Services Agency (CVEMSA) accreditation. 
  • Candidates who are not currently accredited with Coastal Valleys Emergency Medical Services Agency (CVEMSA) as a Paramedic in Sonoma County must obtain and maintain accreditation within the first four months of employment with the City of Santa Rosa. 
  • Possession of a Firefighter I Certificate issued by the California State Fire Marshal or successful completion of a California State Fire Marshal approved Firefighter I Academy.  If a Firefighter I accreditation was received from another State, the accreditation will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certification are required and must be maintained throughout employment.
  • This classification requires the use of a City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and must possess, and maintain throughout employment, a valid California Class C driver's license.  Possession of a Firefighter Endorsement and a current Health Questionnaire (DL 546) must be obtained during the probationary period and maintained throughout employment.


++About the City of Santa Rosa Fire Department:++The Santa Rosa Fire Department (SRFD) responds to over 28,500 incidents per year, operating out of 10 fire stations. SRFD staffs ten (10) paramedic engine companies and two (2) paramedic truck companies. SRFD is looking for candidates who are highly motivated, hardworking, honest, forward thinking, mechanically inclined, problem solvers and who are used to working in a team environment. Firefighter-Paramedics are expected to successfully complete a comprehensive firefighter training program.  Firefighter-Paramedics are also expected to perform the full range of fire suppression, safety and prevention duties on an in-service training basis and to learn and perform journey-level skills in all areas of work assigned.++About the City of Santa Rosa: ++The City of Santa Rosa is located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 170,000. Santa Rosa is the seat of Sonoma County and the center of trade, government, commerce and medical facilities for the North Bay. The surrounding area is home to over a hundred wineries and vineyards, many beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including 16 golf courses, and the spectacular Northern California coastline. Santa Rosa is in the center of a nationally recognized cycling area. It boasts many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally-recognized restaurants, yet still retains the warmth and small town feel of decades past. Santa Rosa has been named one of the 50 greenest cities in the United States with one of the top five mid-sized downtowns in California. 

++Selection Process++: Applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications will be invited to continue in a selection process that may consist of an application screening, oral appraisal, and/or other activity selected by the Human Resources Department.  An eligible list will be established as a result of this selection process and may be used to fill future vacancies. 

++Additional Instructions:++ Candidates must attach all required licenses and certifications to the employment application.

Additional Information

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Job Requirements

  • Age: see post
  • Education: highschool
  • Experience: Lateral Level

Contact Information

Alberto Sanchez

City of Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, California 95404
phone: 7075433078

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