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Rescue Lieutenant

Recruitment #191121-007052-002


Please read the entire Job Posting as it will provide important information regarding the application process and promotional exam.       

  • All documents MUST be submitted prior to the deadline indicated in the “Filing Deadline” area of the posting- NO EXCEPTIONS       
  • The submitted documents will be reviewed prior (typically 1-3 weeks) to the postings deadline and emails will be sent to notify applicants of missing documents at that time. No determinations of eligibility to participate in the promotional exam will be made in person, via phone or email or prior to the referenced time frame.
  • Documents received after the filing deadline will not be accepted by Employment Services.       
  • If you have taken an exam in prior years, you MUST resubmit all required documents along with your application       
  • To check the status of your application, you may log in to Job Aps or contact Employment Services directly at 813-274-8911

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is in command of an Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit and is responsible for all medical care given at the scene of a medical emergency until relieved by a Senior Medical Officer. Irrespective of rescue assignment, employees must maintain their combat firefighting readiness as they are subject to deployment in that capacity. Work is frequently performed under conditions where personal injury or injury to others can occur. Employees must be capable of reacting with speed and composure under these conditions. The employee is responsible for ensuring the conduct, efficiency, discipline, and morale of the unit under their command. Work is usually performed on a 24 hour shift, including weekends and holidays and is reviewed through observation, reports submitted and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Takes command of medical emergencies, which includes coordinating communications between the unit and physician, supervising the administration of pre-hospital emergency care to the patient, and ensuring that adjunct agencies which may be involved, such as first responder personnel and/or police department, carry out their duties in the best interest of the patient; is proficient in advanced life support techniques.

Responds to fires or emergencies with the assigned company and is responsible for search and rescue of occupants from fires, explosions, disasters, and other life threatening situations.

Provides for general safety of department personnel.

Directs company drills and training of members under command to maintain combat readiness; participates in demonstrations and conducts classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for general city employees, members of allied health services, Fire Department personnel, and citizens of Tampa.

Maintains records and makes reports in accordance with department standard operating guidelines.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: rescue methods and techniques; first aid, CPR and ACLS techniques; emergency medical techniques, practices, supplies, and equipment; firefighting techniques, equipment and terminology; search and rescue techniques and equipment.

Working knowledge of: effective supervisory and evaluation techniques; standard reports and forms, their completion and purpose; effective communication techniques.

Ability to: master integral comprehension of anatomy and physiology; apply standards of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and principles of patient handling; communicate orally, in writing and by use of hand signals; perform work requiring considerable physical exertion under hazardous conditions; work cooperatively and interact effectively with all types of people in a variety of situation; assess situations accurately, reach valid conclusions and take appropriate actions; react calmly and quickly in emergencies; plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of others; evaluates others work, recommend improvements and conduct attendant training; maintain accurate and complete records.

Skill in: the use and care of rescue and firefighting tools and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

-a)  Four (4) years of service with the Tampa Fire Department including three (3) years endorsed as an acting Rescue Lieutenant.

(b) Employees with a minimum of 3 years on the job and 2 years as an Acting Rescue Lieutenant may apply and will become eligible when attaining the required 4 and 3 years of experience.  

(c) Must currently be a Paramedic (F-4) to sit for exam and to be promoted.

(d) Successful  completion of 24 college credits (15 of which must be in the area of fire science/administration, emergency medical services, business or public administration, or industrial education with a major in fire science/administration). All candidates must submit a copy of their degree or transcript prior to the closing date. This also applies to candidates who may have applied for past examinations. The transcript or diploma must be scanned and attached via upload to the online application via Job Aps.

(e) Successful completion of a college level course in personnel management.

(f)  Approval by the Tampa Fire Department Medical Director.    

All applicants must submit a copy of their degree or transcript (with signature and/or seal affixed) prior to the closing date. This also applies to candidates who may have applied for past examinations. The transcript or diploma must be scanned and attached via upload to the online application via Job Aps.

NOTE: All of the required experience and education for eligibility purposes must have been obtained prior to the deadline.

Licenses or Certifications

-Possession of:  Submit all applicable licensures and certifications with application  

  • State of Florida, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, certification as a Paramedic.    
  • Valid Florida driver's license


100 %

  • Multiple Choice (50%)
  • Leadership and Incident Management (50%) 
  • Education and Seniority points added after a grade of 60% is obtained. (Submit all applicable transcripts and certifications with application.)  

SOURCE MATERIALS FOR EXAM:  *** In effect the date of this announcement***  

SOG’s *

Rules and Regs * 

Collective Bargaining Agreement * 

Medical Protocol*

NFPA Fire Officer: Principles and Practice- Enhanced Third Edition ( ISBN: 978-1-284-06836-8)      



Part 1- April 9, 2020 (Time TBD)

Part 2- April 9, 2020 (Part 2 will be held on the same day as Part 1; time TBD


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.