Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
City of Tulare Fire Department - Tulare, California

Nov 1, 2021

Application Deadline:
Dec 1, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$61,618.32 - $74,897.52 annual

Job Description


Thank you for your interest in the position of Firefighter/Paramedic with our department.  We look forward to the opportunity to consider you as an applicant.

The City of Tulare is currently recruiting to fill the position of Firefighter/Paramedic.  An eligible list will also be established to fill future vacancies in this classification for a period up to 6 months. The dates associated with the various steps of our recruitment process are outlined in this job posting.  Please be sure to make note of the dates and plan now to participate in each phase of the recruitment. Confirmation of your eligibility to participate in each phase will be sent to you via email.


If we determine that you meet the minimum requirements for the position and that you have attached all of the required items, you will be invited to take a written exam which is the first phase of our recruitment process.  Refer to the "Qualifications/Requirements" section of this posting for a complete list of all of the required documents. The written examination will be administered on the afternoon of: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10th

SOURCE MATERIAL: The written exam will be based on the following source material:

_*_Brady Emergency Care 10th Edition

*Reading Ability

*Mathematical Reasoning

*Map Reading

*Writing Ability

*Human Relations (interpersonal skills, teamwork, commitment, honesty, emotional stability).

Additional details regarding the written exam will be sent via email to qualified applicants after the recruitment closes and our screening process is completed (on or before Friday, December 3rd at 5 p.m.).


Applicants are required to possess a Chief's Physical Abilities or CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card at time of application or proof that they are registered to take and successfully complete the CPAT test, prior to December 10, 2021.  

To register for the CPAT test, visit:  ++


Applicants that achieve a passing score on the written exam will be invited to participate in our interview and assessment process which will be administered on: Thursday, January 6th. Please plan now to make yourself available on January 6th. The process will require approximately two hours of your time. We anticipate sending invitations to participate in the interview and assessment center on or before the close of business on December 28th.


Tulare Fire Department is comprised of two divisions:  Administration and Fire Suppression.

ADMINISTRATION DIVISION:  Tulare City Fire Department is responsible for enforcing local, state and federal fire safety laws. The Prevention Bureau within the admin division, achieves this by conducting annual fire & life safety inspections of all existing buildings that are open to the public. The prevention bureau performs plan reviews for safety compliance of all new commercial, industrial and multi-residential structures.  Plan review consists of checking plans for fire safety features such as: fire sprinkler, and fire alarm plans.  The prevention bureau is also very involved with the storage and sale of safe & sane fireworks, as well as large public gatherings most notably the World Ag Expo.

SUPPRESSION DIVISION: The Fire Suppression Division consists of forty-one (41) uniformed personnel.  The primary responsibility of the fire suppression and first responder units are to respond to fire, emergency medical, rescue, and life safety emergencies within Tulare. Emergency Services are delivered through four (4) in-service fire companies from three (3) strategically located fire stations within the city. Three of the fire companies are staffed with three personnel (captain, engineer, and firefighter/paramedic) and one patrol unit is staffed with two personnel (captain and engineer/paramedic). A division chief is on duty each day to perform as an incident commander, supervise fire suppression activities, and provide personnel supervision.


Under general supervision, responds to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, rescues and other emergency and non-emergency situations; participates in all other suppression, prevention, inspection, education, and related activities to protect life and property; performs fire station and apparatus maintenance; serves in specialized departmental roles as assigned; provides information and assistance to the public; and performs other duties as required.


Receives general supervision from a Fire Captain or assigned supervisor.  Exercises no direct supervision over staff.


This is the working-level class in the fire service series that performs all normal fire suppression, basic medical emergency, hazardous materials, and other emergency response activities.  The nature of the work performed requires an employee in this class to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all others contacted in the course of work and requires the ability to perform heavy physical work at potential risk to health and safety.  This class is distinguished from Fire Engineer in that the latter drives and operates all fire equipment and apparatus.  It is further distinguished from Fire Captain in that the latter is the first supervisory level in this sworn class series.

Additional Information



Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade, supplemented by Paramedic training.

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS:  _Applicants must attach copies of each of the following to their application. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  _

Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license with a satisfactory driving record, and the ability to obtain a Fire Fighter "F" endorsement within 18 months of appointment.

Possession of a Fire  Fighter I certification or completion of an approved Basic Firefighter I Academy.

Ability to obtain Fire Fighter II certification within 12 month.

Possession of a valid EMT-P issued by a California Emergency Medical Services Authority.

Possession of an Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification.

Possession of a Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification.

Possession of a valid health care provider CPR certification.

Possession of the Chiefs Physical Abilities or CPAT certification (proof of test registration is required if test has been scheduled to be taken prior to December 10, 2021).

Possession of, or ability to obtain within 12 months, a Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations certificate.

Possession of, or ability to obtain within 12 months, Confined Space Rescue certification.

Job Requirements

  • Age: Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Education: 12 Grade supplemented by Paramedic training.
  • Experience: Please refer to qualifications and requirements listed in official job posting.

Contact Information

Irene Santos

City of Tulare Fire Department
800 South Blackstone St.
Tulare, California 93274
phone: 559-791-5852

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are encourage to apply online at:

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