The City of Santa Cruz, the City of Watsonville, the Central Fire Protection District of Santa Cruz County and the Aptos-La Selva Fire District will be jointly using the eligible list resulting from this recruitment. We invite you to apply if you are interested in any of these agencies.
To view more information regarding specific agency job description,pay and benefits please visit their webpages:
City of Watsonville Fire Department
Central Fire Protection District
Aptos-La Selva Fire District
City of Santa Cruz job description, salary and benefits are listed in this job posting.
All applications must be submitted to the City of Santa Cruz. You cannot apply directly through the other agencies.
Selection Timeline: (Note: The following process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Human Resources Director.)
On Monday, 10/29/18 (revised from Thursday 10/25/18) recruitment will close, or will close without additional notice once 250 qualified and complete applications are received, whichever comes first. To apply, submit:
Application - online application preferred; paper application accepted. Applications will be dated as of the date that all three of the required documents (#3, #4 and #5 listed below) are submitted. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of filling out application form completely.
Response to supplemental questions - will be a tool in the evaluation of your qualifications.
A valid State of California Paramedic License; licenses from other states or National Registry will not substitute.
Current (within 1 year of recruitment opening date) CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card. Please go to http://www.cffjac.org/go/jac/cpat/ for schedule and registration information.
A three year DMV driving record printout (obtained within 30 days prior to recruitment closing date) scanned and attached to online application.
Note: DMV printouts obtained online ($2.00) are not official documents and will not be accepted in lieu of official printouts. Official printouts (Form 95A) are issued by a Department of Motor Vehicles office at a cost of $5.00. Please refer to this link for information prior to obtaining your DMV printout: Driving Record Printouts.
Week of 10/29/18: Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications for this position. Notification will be sent to all applicants regarding status.
Week of 11/12/18: Oral Examinations are scheduled to be held the week of 11/12/18 for top qualified candidates.
Week of 12/3/18 and/or 12/10/18: Interviews with the Fire Chief are scheduled to be held the week of 12/3/18 and/or 12/10/18.
If you receive a conditional job offer, you will be required to submit conviction information when you complete other new hire paperwork.
A Firefighter protects life and property from fire and other hazards by preventing, controlling and extinguishing fires; conducting emergency medical care and rescue operations; assisting with public education activities; and performing maintenance tasks and other related work as required.
(May include, but are not limited to those duties listed below.)
Responds to calls for fires, medical emergencies, rescues, fire alarms, hazardous materials, and other calls for service as needed.
Drives and operates department vehicles as needed.
Applies extinguishing agents to fires using hoses, nozzles, hydrants, pumps, hand tools, and other firefighting equipment.
Enters burning structures to affect rescues and to extinguish fires. Uses ladders, hand tools, protective breathing apparatus, and power tools in the process.
Performs rescues and removes people from burning buildings, cliffs, the ocean, bodies of water, and other hazardous conditions.
Performs technical rescue and extrication using rope, hydraulic tools, ladders, and other specialized equipment.
Performs various salvage operations at the scene of a fire using salvage covers, hand tools, brooms, shovels and similar equipment.
Performs various overhauling operations at the scene of a fire to ensure that a fire is completely extinguished.
Administers Basic or Advanced Life Support (BLS/ALS) to the ill or injured. Provides assessment and treatment at the scene of an incident and during transport.
Participates in fire department training programs and maintains required skill levels.
Assists in training as assigned.
Performs fire-prevention activities by inspecting buildings and their properties for fire hazards; reviewing plans and maps; advising owners of changes required and/or issuing compliance orders.
Conducts fire-education classes for the public and participates in public relations activities.
Participates in pre-fire planning by inspecting and drawing floor plans of commercial and industrial buildings and institutions.
Cleans, repairs, and maintains fire apparatus and equipment.
Writes Patient Care Records (PCR) and other reports and records as assigned.
Maintains station, quarters, and grounds; participates in painting and performing minor building maintenance on fire station and facilities.
Receives radio and telephone calls, obtains specific information and/or refers calls as necessary to the proper agency.
May be required to respond to fire or other emergencies during non-duty hours.
Other duties as assigned.
Lift, carry, drag and push tools, equipment, supplies, victims and patients weighing up to 165 pounds. Perform prolonged sitting, standing, climbing, walking, and running on variety of surfaces including, but not limited to, the following: level, rough, rocky, uneven, steep, and slippery. Perform movements including, but not limited to, balancing, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties. Hear pager, radio communications, human voice, sirens, alarms and other auditory warning devices clearly in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Smell in order to detect odors, such as smoke, gases and other odors that could indicate harmful or dangerous environments.
Uncorrected vision of 20/40 or better in one eye and 20/100 in the other, or corrected to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish colors to recognize flame, smoke, hazardous materials placards and skin signs. Use both near and far vision when assessing emergency situations, performing inspections and reading documents.
Firefighters in this position may be exposed to a variety of working conditions, including but not limited to wet, extreme heat and cold, smoke and products of combustion, explosions, electrical hazards, toxic or caustic chemicals, structurally compromised buildings/facilities, and biological/radiological hazards. This position may be exposed to loud noises such as helicopters, fire engines and chainsaws. The nature of the work may require Firefighters to climb and work on ladders at heights greater than 10 feet, work in confined spaces and wear a breathing apparatus.
Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.
Basic mathematics and mechanical principles that demonstrate the ability to learn technical concepts, procedures, and equipment operation.
Basic human anatomy and physiology.
Delivery of emergency medical services for both Basic and Advanced Life Support (BLS/ALS) care.
Learn technical concepts, procedures, and the operation of equipment utilized in firefighting, fire prevention and education, including:
Modern principles and practices of fire department administration, fire-fighting procedures, techniques and equipment.
Local, state and national safety codes, ordinances and laws, including OSHA regulations.
Building materials and construction.
Principles of combustion and extinguishment.
High quality customer service methodology and principles.
Hazards and generally accepted safety standards.
City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters.
General City operations.
Maintain physical health, strength, and agility to meet the physical demands of fire work as determined by a pre-employment physical agility test and medical examination.
Use manual and/or power tools safely and effectively to perform essential duties.
Assess situations quickly and adopt effective courses of action.
Work effectively as a member of a team.
Follow both verbal and written instructions.
Read, comprehend, retain, and apply a large number of technical procedures, policies, codes and orders.
Work under physically demanding conditions and in potentially hazardous or stressful situations.
Tactfully and effectively interact with all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, age, or economic status.
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Maintain a level of performance consistent with the standards of the department.
At least 18 years of age.
Willingness to work a 24-hour continuous shift and to be subject to recall during emergencies.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of education and experience that provides the above knowledge, skills, and abilities combined with any required licenses/certificates is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of the following:
High School graduation or equivalent.
Possession at time of application of the following:
Valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record (must be maintained throughout employment).
Valid California Paramedic license (must be maintained throughout employment).
CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) – issued within one year prior of the recruitment open date.
As a condition of continued employment incumbent must obtain and maintain the following:
Current ACLS certificate or local agency equivalent (such as Santa Cruz County Resuscitation Course).
Current PALS certificate or local agency equivalent (such as Santa Cruz County Resuscitation Course).
Current CPR certificate.
Firefighter Endorsement for California Class C driver's license.
Hazardous Materials First Responder certification (FRO) by completion of probation.
Confined Space Awareness certification by completion of probation.
S-130 certification (Firefighter Training) by completion of probation.
S-190 certification (Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior) by completion of probation.
Bilingual ability to speak both English and Spanish.
Firefighter 1 certificate.
One year or more of full time Paramedic experience.
One year or more of full time Firefighter experience.
AA/AS degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
Ability to swim 1000 yards in less than 20 minutes in the ocean.
Graduate of a CA State Fire Marshal accredited Fire Academy.
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