Firefighter Paramedic
City of Lake Oswego, OR - Lake Oswego, OR

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Under the immediate supervision of a Fire Lieutenant, the Firefighter performs rescue and lifesaving operations, effects the confinement and extinguishments of hostile fires, performs salvage and over-haul operations, and protects property in general. As a member of an emergency medical unit, the firefighter administers emergency life support care. The Firefighter pre-plans potential emergency situations on a continual basis, performs fire inspections for conformance to State and local fire safety laws, and conducts fire education programs in the schools and to the public at large. The Firefighter performs other related duties at the direction of his superior officers.

Key Responsibilities:

Firefighters are responsible for the protection of life and property through the suppression and prevention of fires, and in the response to medical and other emergency calls. Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Respond to fire alarms and emergencies with company apparatus.
  • Perform fire inspections for conformance to state and local safety laws.
  • Provide advanced life support care as part of a first response fire unit. Preplan for potential emergency situations.
  • Participate in public education programs.
  • Participate in supervised training in fire fighting skills and emergency medical response.
  • Perform routine maintenance of fire apparatus, equipment, buildings and grounds.
Firefighters must have the ability to:
  • Learn firefighting tactics and EMS techniques
  • Operate and maintain firefighting equipment
  • Deal with injured patients, including fatalities
  • Understand and follow oral & written communications
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, citizens and other customers
  • Read, write and use a computer for basic functions
  • Make public presentations
  • Keep records & make reports
  • Recognize fire code violations
  • Perform strenuous physical activity for extended periods of time
  • Act calmly & effectively in emergency situations
  • Maintain harmonious relationships with others in a group-living environment .

Education and Experience Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

· 18 years of age or older, High School Diploma or equivalent

· NFPA Firefighter 1 or equivalent

· Oregon Certified EMT-Paramedic or EMT B who has completed an Oregon Health Division recognized Paramedic Program; completing their Intern Program; and waiting testing.

· A valid state driver’s license.

· Able to pass a physical based upon NFPA 1582

The ideal candidate would have an Associate Degree in fire science or related field; and firefighter/EMS experience with a career or combination fire department.

Supplemental Information:

Selection Process

Application Deadline - Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Online application must be submitted before 5:00 pm

Written Exam - Saturday, June 1st, 2013
  • A multiple choice written examination will be held on the second floor of the City of Lake Oswego’s West End Building located at 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego.
  • Please note this is the only testing date and there will not be any retests available.
  • Candidate check-in 1200 to 1300
  • Applicants will be asked to show picture identification.
  • A $20.00 exam fee will be collected at test check-in. Cash or checks/money orders made payable to the City of Lake Oswego will be accepted. [Note: A check returned for insufficient funds may disqualify your application. The test fee may be waived for those applicants who submit a written statement declaring the fee a ‘financial hardship’.]
Top scoring candidates will be invited to participate in the Physical Agility, Skills Evaluation, and Oral Interview portions of the testing process.

Final hiring decisions will be made by the Fire Chief.

Job offers will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation and medical evaluations which will include drug and psychological testing.

Additional notes

You may visit the following website to view a test orientation guide and to order a practice test for a fee.

Please limit your attachments to a resume, cover letter and items that prove a minimum qualification (Firefighter 1 cert, EMT-Paramedic or EMT B, etc.)

The City is an equal employment opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or other protected status or activity in accordance with applicable federal and state equal employment opportunity laws. If you require accommodation to participate in our application pro cess, please contact Human Resources at 503-635-0220.