Recruitment #2205-6411-001


Tucson Fire announces a 2022 Paramedic Promotional process. This will establish a two-year Civil Service Promotional List. Candidates placed on the Promotional List must have at least one year of service remaining as of the date they are eligible for promotion in order to be selected from the List.

General Description

Provides basic and advanced life support and emergency medical service. Performs fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency response activities. Maintains the station and equipment and performs related administrative functions.

Essential Functions

Responds to emergency medical calls by performing patient assessment, administering medical treatment and life support, loading and transporting patients to the hospital, and completing required reports and documentation, in accordance with department policy.

Performs essential incident command system functions by establishing rehab sector and medical sectors, triage, treatment, and transport. Responds to emergency fire calls and performs fire suppression duties by securing the scene, identifying and containing hazardous materials, setting up, carrying and utilizing equipment, searching for and rescuing occupants, removing obstacles, ventilating structures, salvaging contents and applying extinguishing agents to fires.

Maintains facilities and equipment by cleaning the station house interior, inspecting and maintaining vehicles and equipment, and maintaining and inventorying medical supplies.

Continues education by participating in drills and classes, teaching life support skills, meeting re-certification requirements and maintaining physical fitness.

Performs related duties by performing fire code violation building inspections, inspecting hydrants, providing information to the public, installing smoke detectors, conducting station tours, visiting schools, and complying with all procedures as outlined in department manuals and by management.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years as Fire Fighter as of closing date

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification

Arizona Fire Fighter I and II Certification

TFD Paramedic Certification

Arizona Department of Health Services Paramedic Certification

HazMat First Responder Certification

Selection Plan

The evaluative components of this promotional process will be used to assess candidate knowledge and skills in the areas of Job Knowledge, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Oral Communication, and Interpersonal Skills.

Candidates shall appear for the test dressed in proper TFD uniform or casual business attire. No jeans, T-shirts, hoodies, etc. Please refer to the TFD Administrative Manual 223 for appearance guidance. Applicants not meeting the dress standard will not be allowed to participate in the exam.

Candidates are responsible for blocking their calendars and making appropriate arrangements to ensure their availability during the dates listed below:

Oral Board Interview

Candidates meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to the oral board panel interview. Oral board panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place on June 9, 2022. Venue is to be determined. The interview will consist of job-related questions to measure general paramedic and patient assessment knowledge. 


Candidates without a formal degree will receive one point for every credit successfully completed at an accredited University, College, or Junior College, as shown on the institution’s transcript, up to a maximum of 60 points. Candidates with an associate degree or greater will receive 70 points. Official/unofficial transcripts, or copies of transcripts, will be accepted as verification of education. Education will be limited to a maximum of 70 points. 

All applicants are responsible for submitting online the educational documents no later than 11:59PM on the closing date to receive credit and the points associated with their education. Applicants having trouble uploading their documents, please contact Fire-HR immediately prior to the closing date. Applicants who fail to submit such documents by 11:59PM on the closing date will receive zero points for their education. No exceptions will be made. 

Fire-HR contact via email at 


Based upon total months of continuous commissioned service with the Tucson Fire Department; computed from the academy start date. Seniority will be limited to 60 months calculated through the closing date. 


Evaluation components of this promotional exam will be scored in the following manner: 

Oral Board Interview: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 90% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list. 

Education: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list. 

Seniority: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list. 

Candidates will participate in the entire testing process. Scores will not be released until the promotional list is established. 


Candidates will be ranked on the Civil Service Promotional List based on scores achieved throughout this promotional examination. Only top scoring candidates will be placed on the Paramedic Promotional List. Final scores shall be based upon the completion and achieving a passing score of 70% or better on all components of the process and be computed in accordance with the weights and procedures outlined in this job posting, and statistical techniques and procedures established by the HR Director. In the event a tie exists, "seniority in rank" is used first and then "seniority on the department," if needed, and will be the tie breaking mechanism. 

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position and submit a proper and complete online application will receive a formal email invitation by September 1 to participate the oral board interview. 

The final promotional list will be compiled by Fire-HR no later than 1700 on June 17, 2022. 

* Please be advised, per Civil Service Rule V, Section 2G, the departmental final selection shall include a selection interview and may include additional examinations. The departmental final selection interview shall either offer all candidates on the certified list the opportunity for interview, or interview candidates in the order in which they appear on the certified list until a suitable candidate is identified through the final interview process. The [HR] Director or designee must review and authorize interview questions and any additional examinations based on job relatedness and scoring validity. An interview shall not be required if the department selects candidates based upon the ranked order his/her name appears on the list, beginning with the candidate receiving the highest score. *


Scores will not be released until the promotional list is established. Only those candidates that are placed on the list will be provided their scores.

The City reserves the right to change the examination dates if required for operational necessity; any changes will be communicated as soon as practical. 

If you need Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call (520) 837-7008 at least 48 hours prior to the examination. 

In accordance with USERRA, eligible applicants who will be on active duty during any of the examination dates are encouraged to contact Fire Human Resources at one of the numbers listed below at the time of application or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification. 

Candidates are advised that upon placement on a hiring promotional list, any employee having been the subject of formal discipline, as defined by Administrative Directive 2.02-16, may not be promoted until one year has passed based from the date of discovery of the incident resulting in discipline. The Fire Chief is the final authority on all promotions and reserves the right to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the formal discipline to include the nature of the infraction(s) resulting in the issuance of the discipline, the date of the infraction, the employee's personnel history since the date of the infraction, and the overall impact on the department that would be the result of the promotion of the individual. 

All inquiries should be directed to

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

NFPA Physical

Hep A Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol)

Hep B Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol)


TB Skin Test

Non-NIDA Drug Test

Physical Abilities Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

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Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.