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Hillsborough County Government

Fire Medic III (#FM3F48T) F48T
$0.00-$35.20 Hourly / $0.00-$6,101.33 Monthly / $0.00-$73,216.00 Yearly


Performs fire rescue duties preventing, combating, and extinguishing fires, providing emergency paramedical care to include diagnosing illness or injuries and functioning as the person in charge of a rescue crew or patient treatment.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Three years of experience as a dual certified Paramedic and Fire Fighter within the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Department; and
Possession of a current Fire Fighter's Certificate of Compliance issued by the State of Florida; and
Possession of a valid State of Florida Paramedic certification; and
Possession of a valid Florida Driver's License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of diseases and emergency medical conditions, their diagnosis, and appropriate treatment procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment used for patient care such as defibrillators and vital signs monitors.
  • Considerable knowledge of fire fighting and search and rescue methods and techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable laws and regulations governing emergency vehicle operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of fire fighting and hazardous materials terminology.
  • Considerable knowledge of characteristics of fire.
  • Working knowledge of standard fire fighting and rescue tools and equipment and their correct use.
  • Working knowledge of roads, streets, hospitals, schools, and related facilities within response area.
  • Working knowledge of proper lifting techniques.
  • Working knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the unit to which assigned.
  • Basic knowledge of building construction as it relates to fire behavior and fire suppression and control.
  • Skill in the use and care of hand tools and equipment.
  • Skill in identifying patient conditions based on signs and symptoms.
  • Skill in identifying mechanical failures of equipment.
  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to lift and carry weights in excess of 90 pounds.
  • Ability to perform duties under hazardous conditions requiring considerable physical exertion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability and willingness to perform housekeeping activities.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to effectively train others.
  • Ability to perform as a lead worker and oversee the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Responds to fire alarms and performs search, rescue and fire suppression operations.
  • Is in charge of an emergency paramedical rescue crew or patient treatment and medical procedures.
  • Operates hand and power tools to ventilate structures; positions and climbs ladders; pulls hose from truckbed and connects to hydrant and pump apparatus; operates charged hose lines of various sizes.
  • Performs salvage operations; lifts and removes property from damaged structures; places salvage covers over furniture to protect from water damage; operates water vacuum; places smoke ejectors inside burning structure to minimize damages and maximize visibility.
  • Diagnoses vital signs including interpreting electrocardiogram rhythms and communicating with destination facility on the nature and extent of illnesses or injuries so that prompt and proper medical care is available upon arrival.
  • Provides emergency medical care within limits established by standard operations and protocols.
  • Provides training to subordinate personnel.
  • Provides verbal, written and computer reports pertaining to condition and care of patients at emergency scenes and in transit.
  • Complies with all regulations concerning the handling of the deceased, notifies authorities, preserves evidence, and initiates appropriate documentation as required.
  • Safely and efficiently operates emergency response vehicles.
  • Conducts prefire planning of commercial buildings, hospitals, schools and other buildings.
  • Performs maintenance on department equipment, grounds, furnishings or structures.
  • Participates in station drills and allied emergency procedures and actions refresher training.
  • Performs as a lead worker and oversees the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.


Compliance with current requirements of the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Employees assigned to this classification will serve a one year probationary period.