County of Alameda

Firefighter Lateral - Paramedic (#8222)

Bargaining Unit: IAFF 55A - Fire (019)
$57.36-$57.36 Hourly / $4,302.00-$4,302.00 BiWeekly /
$9,321.00-$9,321.00 Monthly / $111,852.00-$111,852.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, to respond to fire alarms and other emergency (or non-emergency) calls involving the suppression, extinguishment, and prevention of fires (structural and wildlands); to protect life, property, and environment, including rescue and salvage operations and mitigation of hazardous materials incidents; to clean, maintain and repair (when possible) fire station property and environment; to train and drill for emergency preparedness; to use computers to log calls, log training data, and communicate with co-workers, supervisors, and the public; and to perform related duties as required.


This is a safety classification within the Alameda County Fire Department. This classification is distinguished from the classification of Firefighter in that the classification requires the successful completion of the Alameda County Fire Department Lateral Firefighter Academy in order to flexibly promote to the Firefighter classification. It is also distinguished from the lower classifications of Firefighter Recruit - EMT and Firefighter Recruit - Paramedic as the latter classifications are required to successfully complete the Alameda County Fire Department Firefighter Recruit Training Program to flexibly promote to the Firefighter classification. This classification is further distinguished from the classification of Firefighter Lateral - EMT in that incumbents in this classification are required to maintain a California paramedic license. 

Upon successful completion of the training requirements, it is expected that incumbents successfully obtain Alameda County Paramedic accreditation and promote to the class of Firefighter.  Incumbents will serve a combined probationary period of fourteen (14) months in the Firefighter Lateral - Paramedic and Firefighter classifications.

NOTEThe 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 Department Lateral Firefighter Academy 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 an Alameda County Fire Department 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.


The equivalent of two (2) years of professional full-time experience working as a firefighter in a municipal fire agency and or fire district. 


Two (2) seasons of professional firefighting experience with a seasonal fire agency may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.


  1. Valid California Paramedic License; active and unrestricted by the last day for filing of the application.
  2. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  3. State Fire Marshall Certification:
    • Firefighter 1
    • Firefighter 2
The following State Fire Marshall classes are highly desirable:

  • Fire Apparatus Driver Operator 1 A
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Low Angle Rope Rescue Operational
  • Fire Control 3
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations
  • Confined Space Rescue Awareness
  • S-190: Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior 
Special Requirements:

  1. Ability to successfully pass a thorough background investigation, medical examination (NFPA 1582) and psychological examinations.
  2. Must be eligible to obtain a Department of Energy security clearance (requires U.S. citizenship).
  3. 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.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic building construction, fire chemistry, physics and automotive mechanics.
  • Common office practices, including copying, typing, and basic computer operations.
Ability to:

  • Follow oral and written instruction.
  • Deal effectively with the public and co-workers under adverse circumstances requiring presence of mind, sensitivity, interest, and understanding.
  • Adapt to changes in work assignments and duties.
  • Write clear, concise, and complete reports.
  • Perform physical tasks that require coordination, strength, dexterity, and stamina.
  • Learn the proper operation and use of department equipment.
  • Use a variety of hand and power tools (axes, porta-power, chainsaw, and most common hand tools.)
  • Perform minor maintenance on tools and mechanical equipment.
  • Use a computer for preparing reports, records, and correspondence.
  • Perform strenuous physical tasks such as carrying equipment up hills, pulling hoses, carrying injured persons, raising ladders, and operating a hose line.
  • Conduct tours, fire demonstrations, first-aid demonstrations, and other public relations duties.
  • Read blueprints, construction drawings, and maps.
  • Draw building layouts to scale.
  • Work at various heights and confined areas.
  • Use radio communications equipment and speak clearly.
  • Remain calm and work effectively in stressful situations.
  • Use initiative and independent judgment when necessary.
  • Function as a member of a team.
  • Use good judgment in emergency or critical situations.
  • Adapt to changing work assignments and duties.
  • Climb ladders and fences.
  • Reference and utilize training materials (manuals, fire codes, journals, etc.)
  • Write legibly.
  • Keep accurate records.

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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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