The City of Huntington Beach Fire Department is seeking career minded individuals who are prepared for a long-term career in the fire service profession. Ideal candidates will possess excellent interpersonal and multi-cultural skills, have a strong commitment to community involvement, as well as have a good understanding of basic teaching techniques. The City anticipates filling several vacancies. Current and future vacancies will be filled from the eligibility list established from this recruitment and examination process.
APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION ARE REQUIRED TO:
Submit an ON-LINE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION to the City of Huntington Beach by the recruitment DEADLINE of 5/17/13, 5 pm; and
Schedule and COMPLETE job simulation testing with National Testing Network, Inc. by the testing DEADLINE of 6/14/13, 10 pm. (See "Selection Process" below for more details.) APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE EITHER OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS BY THE DEADLINES PROVIDED WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department (HBFD) is staffed by 176 members, of which 131 are sworn. We provide Firefighter Paramedics with opportunities to gain exposure in a wide variety of fire service activities (e.g. hazardous materials, SWAT paramedics, fire prevention and arson investigation). We are proud to manage a regional fire Training Center and the City's Emergency Operating Center.
Examples of Essential Duties:
Under the direction of a Fire Captain, performs duties involving responding to medical, fire and environmental emergencies; engages in fire prevention, fire suppression, and salvage activities; performs inspection and code enforcement activities; conducts education sessions regarding fire/emergency safety practices and procedures; maintains fire stations; drives department vehicles; operates department equipment; attends instruction sessions related to job; participates in HBFD’s physical fitness program; performs other related duties as assigned.
(Please note time sensitive requirements below)
The following must be met by time of application:
High School diploma or equivalent
At least 18 years of age
Possession of a valid California State Paramedic license OR a valid National Registry EMT-Paramedic Certification.
Possession of Certificate of successful completion of Physical Abilities Test (PAT). Only CPAT or Biddle PAT, issued on or after May 17, 2012 , will be accepted. Must meet at least one of the following requirements by time of application:
One year of continuous experience as a full-time paid firefighter with a Federal, state, county or local agency, OR
Possession of a California Firefighter I Certificate; OR
Graduation from a California State accredited Firefighter I Academy. The following must be met by time of appointment:
Valid California Driver License
United States Citizenship The following must be met after appointment:
Candidates possessing a Paramedic Certification through the National Registry must obtain a California State Paramedic License by completion of HBFD Firefighter Paramedic Academy.
American Heart Association (AHA) issued CPR for the Healthcare Provider card by completion of HBFD Firefighter Paramedic Academy.
Orange County Paramedic accreditation within thirty (30) days of completion of HBFD Firefighter Paramedic Academy.
California Class B/Firefighter Restricted Driver License OR California Class A, B or C Driver License with Firefighter Endorsement prior to completing probationary period. SELECTION PROCESS:
Each candidate is required to submit an on-line application and supplemental questionnaire to the City of Huntington Beach. No walk-ins will be permitted . Applications will be reviewed for qualifications and completeness.
Candidates are also required to schedule and complete a job simulation test through the National Testing Network, Inc. To schedule a test, go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com , select "Fire" and sign up for the Huntington Beach Fire Department.
What to expect at the National Testing Network website:
Completion of the application process for National Testing Network (this does NOT take the place of submitting an on-line application for the City of Huntington Beach)
Review all information related to the Huntington Beach Fire Department Firefighter Paramedic position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing.
Opportunity to take on-line practice tests at www.fireteamtest.com .
Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment. The examination components will include a job simulation test, oral board appraisal and a practical exercise. The top candidates successful in passing the job simulation test will be scheduled for an Oral Interview and Practical Exercise to take place the week of July 8-11, 2013.
Any incomplete application or application not meeting qualifications will be disqualified from further participation in the examination process.
Proof of required certifications (only those specified) must be submitted at time of application. Failure to provide copies will result in disqualification.
Candidates successfully passing all the components of the examination process will be placed on the eligible list from which appointments will be made.
This list will be in effect for one year unless exhausted sooner. COMPONENT / TENTATIVE DATES
Application Filing Period
May 6, 2013 - May 17, 2013.
Job Simulation Test (30% weight):
Schedule and complete testing by June 14, 2013 at 10 pm.
Candidate must schedule their own testing by going to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com .
Oral Board Interview (50% weight) and Practical E.M.S. Exercise (20% weight)
July 8-11, 2013.
The top candidates successful in passing the job simulation test will be invited to the oral board interviews.
Candidates will also be required to complete a paramedic assessment which may include simulated emergency scenarios and/or job knowledge assessment exercises.
Employment Eligible List
Placement on the eligible list is comprised of the combined weighted scores from the written exam (30%), the oral board interview (50%) and the practical E.M.S. exercise (20%). Candidates final composite scores will determine placement on the employment eligible list.
Conducted after placement on eligible list. A comprehensive background investigation will be conducted on all candidates considered for employment. Background Orientation is tentatively scheduled for July 23-24, 2013.
The City anticipates vacancies during the term of the list. The top candidates will be certified to the Fire Chief. These candidates can expect to hear from the Fire Department shortly after notification. The employment eligible list is valid for one year unless exhausted sooner. Additional names may be processed during the life of the list.
Conditional Offer of Employment
Upon conditional offer of employment, a pre-placement medical exam, including a drug screen, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and swim test will be conducted.
Pre-Placement Polygraph, Psychological Evaluation, Medical Exam, Drug Screen and Swim Test
Conducted after passing background investigation and upon a conditional offer of employment.
The swim assessment is conducted in a pool and will include a 50-yard swim (not timed), treading water for 5 minutes, and picking up an object from the bottom of a pool. APPLICATION PROCESS
City of Huntington Beach On-line employment applications required. No walk-ins will be permitted .
Respond to the supplemental questions to help us determine your qualifications for this classification.
Applications will be screened for completeness, required qualifications and applicable certifications.
Please include correct email address on your application as all communication will be sent via email .
Please check any spam blocker you may have on your computer to enable your email account to receive our correspondence .
Be prepared to upload and attach copies of all required certifications listed below to your on-line application.
Copy of current driver license.
Copy of California State Paramedic License OR copy of National Registry EMT-Paramedic Certificate.
Copy of required certifications (CA accredited Firefighter I Academy OR CSBFS Firefighter I OR copy of most recent paystub).
Copy of CPAT or Biddle PAT certification.
Follow the link to National Testing Network to schedule and complete job simulation testing prior to the June 14, 2013, 10 pm deadline. Note:
Failure to provide copies of all required certifications as listed above at the time of application will result in disqualification.
Expired or missing certifications will result in disqualification.
Failure to schedule and complete job simulation testing by the deadline provided will result in disqualification.
Please DO NOT attach documents other than those requested to your on-line job application. Doing so could result in disqualification. SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Apply on-line by the posted deadline. No walk-ins will be permitted .
Schedule and complete job simulation testing by contacting National Testing Network, Inc. at www.nationaltestingnetwork.com .
All communication with candidates will be sent via email, therefore, please include correct email address on your application.
Applicants who obtain a passing score on the job simulation test and who best meet the City's needs will be invited to the oral board interview/practical exercise scheduled July 8-11, 2013.
Be prepared to upload and attach copies of all requested certifications listed above to your on-line application.