Firefighter-Paramedic Recruit (Jan-Feb 2020 Academy)

Must be active on FCTC Statewide Eligibility List on 9/25/2019

Recruitment #19-K62-001

Introduction

Do you currently have a valid California paramedic license, an interest in a fire service career and a passion to serve your community?  Are you an accountable leader with courage, integrity and compassion? If this sounds like you, consider becoming a Firefighter-Paramedic Recruit with the City of Ventura’s progressive Fire Department and apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 9/25/2019 filing deadline!

The Ventura Fire Department is comprised of six fire stations that serve an area of approximately twenty square miles. The Department is staffed by 72 sworn and 11 non-sworn personnel in three Divisions: Administration, Operations, and Fire Prevention. Last year, the Fire Department responded to approximately 16,700 fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and rescue calls. The department takes pride in its team-oriented working environment, and genuine commitment to serve the community.

To learn more about the Ventura Fire Department, visit: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/177/Fire-Department.

THE POSITION

This is a non-sworn, non-safety, at will position. Firefighter-Paramedic Recruits undergo an 18-week fire academy and may undergo additional departmental training designed to provide an overview of the fire service, training in various regulations and procedures, firefighting techniques, first aid, physical fitness, and other related duties. Firefighter-Paramedic Recruits are assigned to a 40-hour work week schedule.

This recruit position is designated as "at-will", serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and without right of appeal.

Subsequent appointment as a sworn Firefighter Paramedic-Trainee is based on overall Academy performance, evaluations, and the availability of positions. Upon appointment, Firefighter Paramedic-Trainees are assigned to a 56-hour work week schedule and serve a 12-month probationary period from the date of appointment. If an employee successfully completes probation as a Firefighter-Paramedic Trainee, the employee is "flexibly-staffed" to Firefighter-Paramedic.

Firefighter-Paramedic Recruit (salary: $5,241/month): This is an "at-will" position, serving at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and subject to discharge without cause and without right of appeal. Successful applicants undergo an 18-week fire academy and departmental training program which covers fire service, regulations and procedures, firefighting techniques, physical fitness, and other related duties. Subsequent appointment to the sworn Trainee classification is based on Academy performance, evaluations, possession of required certifications and availability of positions. Firefighter-Paramedic Recruits are assigned to a 40-hour work week schedule.

Firefighter-Paramedic Trainee (salary: $5691 - 6,917/month): Upon appointment to this classification, Firefighter-Paramedic Trainee's are assigned to a 56-hour work week schedule (24-hour shifts including weekends and holidays) and serve a 12-month probationary period in this classification. Trainees perform emergency medical services as certified paramedics and perform fire service duties while working in a training capacity. Employees successfully completing the 12-month probationary period advance to a Firefighter-Paramedic classification (salary $5,816 - $7,423/month) performing the full range of journey level firefighter-paramedic duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

I:  REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION:

Education/Experience: High school graduate or G.E.D.

Age: Must be 18 years of age.

Citizenship: Applicants must be United State citizens or show proof of application for U.S. citizenship at least one year prior to application.

License/Certificate: Possession of a current California Paramedic license (EMT-P) or National Registry Paramedic license AND a current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.

 DO NOT UPLOAD COPIES OF THE CERTIFICATES/LICENSES TO YOUR CITY APPLICATION.  APPLICANTS WILL UPLOAD ALL REQUIRED CERTIFICATES/LICENSES DIRECTLY TO THEIR FCTC PROFILE.  FCTC WILL VALIDATE UPLOADED DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO PLACING APPLICANT ON THE FCTC STATEWIDE ELIGIBILITY LIST.

II:  REQUIRED TO BE PLACED ON THE CITY’S ELIGIBILITY LIST:

In addition to the above requirements, candidates must have a valid Cal-JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) certificate dated between 9/26/2018 and 9/25/2019, pass the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) written exam, AND be active on the FCTC State Eligibility List on 9/25/2019 to continue in the process and be placed on the City’s eligibility list.

III:  REQUIRED PRIOR TO ACADEMY HIRE DATE:

Possession of the following certificates/licenses:

  • Current California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Current and valid Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) certification OR Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP) certification.
  • Current and valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.

DO NOT UPLOAD COPIES OF THESE CERTIFICATES/LICENSES TO YOUR CITY APPLICATION.  IF SELECTED FOR HIRE, CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT COPIES OF THESE CERTIFICATES LATER IN THE SELECTION PROCESS.

Highly desirable qualifications: One year of 911 emergency paramedic experience, and some firefighting experience. AS degree in Fire Science, Fire Technology certification, or California Firefighter I certification from an accredited agency.

Trainee: Within one-year probationary appointment to Trainee, incumbent is required to obtain and thereafter maintain a Ventura County Paramedic Level II certification, and a current and valid California Class C driver license with a firefighter endorsement.

Physical Requirements for both levels: Must be physically capable of performing all tasks required of a Ventura Firefighter-Paramedic, including rigorous activities associated with emergency operations. Fitness will initially be determined by possession of a Cal-JAC Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) certificate, and ability to pass a medical evaluation.

Residency Requirements: Incumbent must maintain as a permanent residence, and regularly reside at, a residence that is located within 150 miles from the Ventura Fire Department Administrative Offices. Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States. Background Check: Requires the ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation, which may include a polygraph examination.

BENEFITS

RECRUIT: Employees are covered by the CalPERS retirement system (non-safety retirement); up to $667/month employer contribution to medical/dental; $285 optional benefit dollars (cash-out option not available) to offset the cost of medical and dental; vacation/sick/holiday accruals. This is a non-sworn, non-safety, at-will position.

Employment Information: Right to Work: Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States. Background Check: A comprehensive pre-employment background investigation, reference checks, and medical examination will be conducted. A drug screening may be required for some positions. Applicants for positions using City vehicles may be required to submit a DMV report. Probationary Period: Twelve months.

UPON APPOINTMENT TO TRAINEE:

Deferred Compensation: The City will contribute up to $168 per year in a 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $1,006 monthly towards a selection of plans. Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire. Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $513 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums. Cash-out option is not available.

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid $10,000 term life insurance for employees.

Retirement: Employees are covered by the CalPERS retirement system (safety retirement). If you are a CalPERS retiree, please contact CalPERS to discuss the impact that employment in this position would have on your pension benefit.

Tier I – 3% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members who were hired prior to January 01, 2013, or who worked for the City prior to January 01, 2013 and are returning to City employment. Employees make a 4.5% member contribution and 4.5% of the employer’s share, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC. The City will contribute 4.5% of the member contribution and report the value to CalPERS as pensionable income. Tier II – 2.7% @ 57/Highest Three Consecutive Years of Compensation for employees hired on or after January 01, 2013 who are considered, “New Members.” Employees will pay an 11.5% member contribution in accordance with Government Code Section 7522.30, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10. Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or www.socialsecurity.gov/form1945.

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 4.70 hours accrued semi-monthly, increasing to 9.33 hours semi-monthly after 15 years. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Holidays: 134.4 hours per year (11.2 hours per month.).

Sick Leave: 5.60 hours accrued semi-monthly.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institutions after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit: Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts.

Uniform Allowance: $485 per year.

Wellness Program: A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

To be considered for this position, submittal of a City employment application and supplemental questionnaire is required. You will not need to submit copies of license/certifications or training at the time of application submittal. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply atwww.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications may be mailed or hand delivered to City Hall at 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002.

NOTE: After you apply, all future correspondence from the City will be via E-Mail. Please check your messages regularly and be sure to update the contact information contained in your on-line application. You may wish to set your email spam filter to accept email from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE REVIEW

A review of application and supplemental questionnaire will be conducted and applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and desired background experience for successful performance as a Firefighter-Paramedic Recruit are required to have a valid Cal-JAC CPAT certificate, successfully meet the written examination requirement AND be active on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List.  Applicants that meet the Cal-JAC CPAT and written examination requirements and are active on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List will be certified to the City’s eligibility list for employment consideration. 

CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST (CPAT)

Applicants are required possess a valid Cal-JAC CPAT certificate issued by the Fire Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) or any CPAT testing center certified by the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) including those listed below. Please contact testing centers directly for testing dates and times. This certificate must be dated between September 26, 2018 and September 25, 2019.  The CPAT test fee is the responsibility of the applicant.

Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) - https://www.fctconline.org

Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy - Camarillo, CA (805)384-8110

Website: http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/departments/academic/fire_technology/cpat.shtml

WRITTEN EXAMINATION

Applicants are required to meet the qualifying written component by successfully completing (passing score of 70% or greater) the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) written examination between September 26, 2018 and September 25, 2019 AND are required to be active on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List on September 25, 2019.

Applicants who have not taken the FCTC written exam and are not on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List must visit https://www.fctconline.org/ to create an account and register for upcoming written exam, and to learn about the examination process, requirements, study materials and other testing information, including FCTC examination fees.  Fees associated with taking the examination are the responsibility of the applicant.  Grants are available through the California Fire Foundation and proof of financial need is required.  Please visit https://www.fctconline.org/candidates/financial-hardship/ to view requirements.

For information regarding the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center Written Test, visit:  https://www.fctconline.org/written-testing/.

To view the Written Test Study Guide, visit:   https://www.fctconline.org/media/uploads/fctc_study_guide_booklet_apr_2018_for_web.pdf.

To view the schedule of upcoming test dates, visit: https://www.fctconline.org/candidates/upcoming-test-schedule/

Note:   FCTC written examination sessions will be held in Ventura on September 21, 2019.  Register for testing at the FCTC website noted above.   

To be considered for this position, applicants must pass the FCTC written examination and be active on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility list on September 25, 2019.

ELIGIBILITY LIST

Applicants that meet both the CPAT and written exam requirement and are on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility list will be certified to a City eligibility list, which will be sent to the Fire Department for further consideration.

DEPARTMENT SELECTION INTERVIEWS

A limited number of candidates will be invited to participate in department selection interviews being held on October 7 - October 9, 2019.  Candidates are required to bring copies of their valid EMT-P and Healthcare Provider CPR certification to the department selection interview.

If selected for hire, candidates are required to submit a copy of their current California Driver license, PALS or PEPP and ACLS certificates prior to the Academy date of hire. Please do not submit copies of any license, certification or training with your application.

FIRE ACADEMY: Candidates selected for hire will be required to complete a Fire Academy.

Conclusion

The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance, please contact Human Resources at (805) 654-7853, or TDD at (805) 654-7766.


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