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Firefighter Recruit - Paramedic

Recruitment #24-8129-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and supplemental questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for filing.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.



DO NOT upload copies of the below certifications/licenses with your Alameda County application. 


Alameda County will be receiving FCTC’s Statewide Eligibility List which will have confirmation of the following candidate information:

  • Has a high school diploma, GED or a higher level degree;
  • Applicant must be 18 years old by the last day for filing of the application;
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license;
  • Possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate within the last twelve months from the last day for filing;
  • Receive a passing score of 70% or above on the FCTC Written Test;
  • California Paramedic License or National Registry Paramedic (NRP); or
  • If you possess a California paramedic license you MUST upload to your FCTC profile
  • Candidate MUST be active on the FCTC State Eligibility List by the last day for filing.

For questions regarding the FCTC Statewide eligibility list, please call 1-877-648-2728

To upload your required documents for this recruitment and for more information regarding test dates and times for FCTC exams, please visit



THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT (ACFD) provides all-risk emergency services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County (excluding Fairview), the cities of San Leandro, Dublin, Newark, Union City and Emeryville, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. With 28 fire stations and 34 companies serving a population of 394,000, the ACFD serves densely populated urban areas, waterways, industrialized centers, extensive urban interface, agricultural and wildland regions. Over 400 personnel and 100 Reserve Firefighters provide a wide variety of services to an ever expanding, dynamic and diverse community of roughly 508 square miles. These services include:

  • Advanced Life Support
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Urban Search & Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Prevention and Code Compliance
  • Regional Dispatch

The Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) was formed on July 1, 1993 as a dependent special district with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as its governing body. This consolidation brought together into a single jurisdiction the Castro Valley Fire Department, Eden Consolidated Fire Protection District and County Fire Patrol. Subsequently, the following communities have contracted with the ACFD:

  • July 1, 1995 City of San Leandro
  • July 1, 1997 City of Dublin
  • August 1, 2002 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • October 1, 2007 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • May 1, 2010 City of Newark
  • July 1, 2010 City of Union City
  • July 1, 2012 City of Emeryville

On January 20, 2008, the ACFD became responsible for the administration and operation of the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC). The dispatch center provides dispatch and regional communication center services for the ACFD, the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Camp Parks Combat Support Training Center, and the cities of Alameda, Fremont, Livermore and Pleasanton. ACRECC is also the Dispatch/System Status Management Center for Falck ambulance service.

For more information about the agency, please visit:  Alameda County Fire Department.


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.

For more detailed information regarding the classification, please visit: Firefighter Recruit - Paramedic (#8129).


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.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies: 

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.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

1. A review and verification to determine if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the class and move on to the next step in the examination process.
i. A review of the applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire;
ii. Verification from FCTC that the applicant has uploaded all of the required documents to their FCTC PROFILE; and
iii. A review of the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List for those who have a passing score.
2. A review of candidates' written examination scores from the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List to determine a passing point. Candidates scoring at or above the passing point will move          on to the next step in the examination process.
3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,


The County will inform applicants, via email and with reasonable notice in advance, of any examination process that will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on operational needs.



Tentative FCTC Written Examination Dates:
(Refer to FCTC website -
Sunday, March 24, 2024
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Tentative FCTC CPAT Dates:
(Refer to FCTC website -
Friday, March 22, 2024
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Friday, April 19, 2024

Deadline for Filing:

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

Week of April 29, 2024

Civil Service Oral Examination:

Week of June 10, 2024

Notification of Results:

By the week of June 24, 2024



Departmental Hiring Interviews:

Week of July 15, 2024

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email boxes and are routed to unmonitored mailboxes. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Maria Tabora | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6463 |


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.

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