County of Alameda

Firefighter Recruit - Paramedic (#8129)

Bargaining Unit: IAFF 55A - Fire (019)
$43.03-$43.03 Hourly / $3,227.54-$3,227.54 BiWeekly /
$6,993.00-$6,993.00 Monthly / $83,916.00-$83,916.00 Yearly


Firefighter Recruit - Paramedic is the entry-level fire suppression, prevention and emergency response paramedic position for the Alameda County Fire Department. This classification exists solely for those paramedics who are completing their initial fire department training in the Alameda County Fire Department Training Academy.


Firefighter Recruit Paramedic is a safety classification in the Alameda County Fire Department. This classification is characterized by assignment to the Fire Recruit Academy and subsequent training assignments prior to appointment to a fire suppression position. Under close supervision during this academy, the Recruit must gain understanding of lifesaving and firefighting methods through intensive academic instruction and specialized training. This class is distinguished from the classification of Firefighter in that incumbents are in training to effectively function in the position of Firefighter upon promotion. This classification is further distinguished from the classification of Firefighter Recruit - EMT in that incumbents in this classification are required to maintain a California paramedic license.

Upon successful completion of the training requirements and obtainment of Alameda County Paramedic accreditation, it is expected that incumbents promote to the class of Firefighter. Incumbents will serve a combined probationary period of eighteen (18) months in the Firefighter Recruit Paramedic and the Firefighter classifications; by the completion of that combined probationary period, it is expected that incumbents be recognized as an Advanced Paramedic (Policy 2000) with Alameda County.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Attends the assigned Alameda County Fire Recruit Training Program by participating in classroom training and manipulative exercises and drills.
  2. Undergoes classroom training and manipulative exercises and drills to develop an awareness of the functions and responsibilities of Firefighter and how they relate to firefighting operations.
  3. Studies and completes homework assignments.
  4. Successfully completes periodic quizzes and examinations.
  5. Satisfactorily completes other training as assigned by the Fire Department prior to being promoted to a line Firefighter, such as maintaining the fire station and equipment and participating in drills and training classes to assure proper state of emergency readiness.


Graduation from high school, possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Educational Development Certificate (State of California), or any higher level degree from an accredited college or university. 


Active placement on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) State Eligibility List on or before the last day for filing of the application. For more information, please visit: 



  1. Valid California Paramedic License or National Registry Paramedic (NRP); active and unrestricted by the last day for filing of the application. 
  2. Valid California Paramedic License active and unrestricted 90 days after receipt of the conditional job offer.
  3. Possession of a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate issued within the last twelve months from the last day of filing. 
  4. Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. 
The following are desirable: 

  • Successful completion of a California State Fire Marshal approved Firefighter I course. 
  •  Current experience in the Alameda County Fire Department Reserve program or in a similar program sponsored by a municipal fire agency. 
Special Requirements

  1. Minimum, 18 years of age. 
  2.  Being able to successfully pass a thorough background investigation, medical examination (NFPA 1582) and psychological examinations. 
  3.  Must be eligible to obtain a Department of Energy security clearance (requires U.S. citizenship). 
  4.  Must be able to successfully obtain Alameda County Paramedic accreditation (EMSA Policy 2000). 
NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Ability to:

  • Comprehend, remember, interpret and apply written materials which may be of a complex and technical nature.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with the public.
  • Work as a member of an organized team.
  • Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
  • Remain calm and work effectively in stressful situations.
  • Adapt to changes in work assignments and duties.
  • Perform physical tasks that require coordination, strength, dexterity and stamina.
  • Work at various heights, confined areas and low visibility conditions.
  • Climb ladders.
  • Learn the use of specialized tools and equipment.

NewSpec 8129.docx 
LD:ah 10/10/18 
CSC Date:12/14/2022


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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