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

Oct 19, 2022

Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$5,237.56 - 6,366.29 monthly

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.

This is a continuous recruitment. We are currently recruiting to fill three immediate vacancies and an eligible list will also be established to fill future vacancies. Additional details regarding the recruitment process will be sent via email to qualified applicants as applications are received, screened, and processed.

To be considered for this career opportunity applicants must submit, an application with detailed information in each section of the application: Education, Work Experience, Certificates and Licenses, and Skills. Applicants must also respond to the supplemental questions and attached all of the required licenses and certificates.


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 (40) 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.

The City of Tulare is a vibrant and steadily growing community with a population of 67,834 located in the heart of California's Central Valley. The City provides a full-range of service to our citizens. The organization, staffed with 368 full-time employees, enjoys a culture of fiscal conservatism, collaboration, teamwork and dedication to public service and our community.

The primary goals of the Fire Department are to reduce casualties and the loss of life, improve patient outcomes, reduce property loss and damage, affect successful extrications of trapped victims, and protec the environment from the effects of a hazardous materials release. In calendar year 2021, the Fire Department responded to 594 fire calls, 4,648 medical calls and 2,732 calls for various other reasons for a total of 7,974 calls for service. The Fire Department is also responsible for enforcing local fire ordinances, state and federal laws, apprehending arsonists and assisting in their prosecution.


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.



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.

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 via email.


Applicants that achieve a passing score on the written exam will be invited to participate in our interview and assessment process.



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.

Possession of Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations certification

Ability to obtain Fire Fighter II certification with 12 months

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

Possession of the following certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Possession of a valid health care provider CPR certification.

Possession of the Chiefs Physical Abilities or CPAT certification.

Ability to obtain, within 12 months: Confined Space Rescue certification.


Applicants are required to possess a Chief's Physical Abilities or CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card at time of application and/or attach proof that they are registered to take (and pass) the CPAT test prior to the establishment of the eligibility list. To register for the CPAT test, visit: ++

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: Equivalent to the completion of 12th grade, supplemented by Paramedic training.
  • Experience: Licensed Paramedic with Fire Academy or Firefighter I certification.

Contact Information

Irene Santos

City of Tulare Fire Department
800 South Blackstone St.
Tulare, California 93274
phone: 1-559-684-4204

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply online at:

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