PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER
City of Fort Lauderdale, FL - Fort Lauderdale, FL

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This is skilled, specialized work of varied difficulty combating, extinguishing and preventing fires; performing rescue and emergency medical services and/or performing special assignment duties in auxiliary service in support of the Fire Department's programs.

Employees in this class are responsible for the protection and preservation of life and property by responding to emergencies and through the performance of firefighting/rescue tasks and providing emergency medical care. Work often requires the performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions which may involve extreme physical exertion, heat, noxious smoke, zero visibility and mental concentration. Employees may be assigned to duties employing special skills such as conducting fire prevention inspections, training, emergency medical services, and other support services. Part of duty time is spent inspecting and maintaining equipment and apparatus, in supervised training and in maintaining quarters. Work is normally performed under the close supervision of departmental superiors in accordance with well-defined policies, procedures and/or qualified medical direction; however, employees must be able to exercise independent judgment in reacting to emergencies. Performance is reviewed by superiors through direct observation of work while in progress and upon completion, through review of records and reports, and in consultations with the employee and others knowledgeable of the employee's performance.

THE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Be at least 18 years old.

2. Be a High School graduate or possess a High School Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) from a recognized issuing agency.

3. Possess a valid Class "E" Florida Driver's License, and have a driving record that meets City of Fort Lauderdale Policy and Standards Manual requirements, and must have an E.V.O.C. (16 hour) certificate issued by a certified Florida agency. CEVOI OR II are not acceptable.

4. Possess a currently valid Firefighter Certificate of Compliance, Certificate of Statutory Compliance or Certificate of Training issued by the State of Florida.

5. Possess and maintain a currently valid Paramedic Certificate issued by the State of Florida, and AHA/ACLS Certificate or equivalent. Failure to maintain a current and valid Paramedic Certificate will be cause for termination.

6. Been a non-smoker/non-user of tobacco (any form) for at least one (1) year prior to application, remain smoke free during employment / application process and agree not to smoke or use tobacco (in any form) on or off duty during the tenure of their employment.

7. Possess or be able to obtain a Broward County-wide Physical Ability card from Broward Fire Academy.

8. Possess a healthcare provider card from the American Heart Association.

THE EXAMINATION AND HOW TO APPLY:

Attention: Additional documents are required for application submission.

The examinations will consist of several parts, weighted as follows:

1. Multiple Choice Examination - 50%
2. Oral Interview - 50%
3. Conditional Job Offer
4. Polygraph Examination - Pass/Fail
5. Broward County Physical Ability Examination - Pass/Fail
6. Final Background Investigation - Pass/Fail
7. Medical Examination, including drug screen - Pass/Fail

Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each weighted part of the examination in order to qualify.

To claim Veterans Preference, download Form J-204 and submit along with your Member 4 Copy of your DD214. Applicant must attach copies of required documents with application.

FIRE-RESCUE DEPARTMENT
DATE: July 13, 2006
TO: Paramedic/Firefighter Applicants
FROM: Office of the Fire Chief, Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue
SUBJECT: Qualifications for Employment as a Paramedic/Firefighter

The following information is provided to you in anticipation of your application for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter for the City of Fort Lauderdale. It is essential that you review this information carefully before completing the application. The Fort LauderdaleFire-Rescue Department has consistently maintained the highest standards in the selection of personnel who will represent the City of Fort Lauderdale. All applicants for the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department should be aware of these standards and the several phases of the selection process before attempting to qualify for this position.

Part of this qualification process is an accurate assessment of the character of the candidate. Much emphasis is placed upon your character, and as such, indications of your honesty and integrity begin with the submission of your application. All information must be true, accurate and without omission on this and all other forms submitted for processing, as well as in all other phases of the testing process. This is a critical facet, which will be verified via a comprehensive polygraph examination and background investigation.

Areas of questioning will include, but not be limited to, the following:

I. Any PAST CRIMINAL ACTIVITY on the part of the applicant.
II. COMPLETENESS and TRUTHFULNESS of all statements made during the selection process.
III. ANY PAST OR PRESENT USE OF DRUGS

The applicant's drug history will be reviewed by Chief Officers as part of the background investigation. The applicant's background, age at time of usage, date of last usage, and other mitigating circumstances will be taken into consideration.

The present standards of the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department would DISQUALIFY an applicant if any of the following were indicated as a result of the polygraph examination or other interviews:

1. Use of illegal or illicit drugs or use of any tobacco products within ONE YEAR of the date of the application being submitted.

2. Any use of illicit or illegal narcotics after having been employed by a fire agency, or in a firefighter or medic capacity (including Military Service as a firefighter or medic).

Additionally, if a person is on an established list for the position for longer than six months, he or she will be required to take another polygraph test prior to actual employment with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

If you determine that these standards would not disqualify you as a candidate, I look forward to your application and wish you the best of luck in the examination process.

CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER EXAMINATION PROCESS

Absolute truthfulness is extremely important during the entire selection process for Paramedic/Firefighter. Integrity and truthfulness are important qualifications for the Paramedic/Firefighter position. The way a candidate's integrity is evaluated is by his or her truthfulness throughout the employment process.

EXAMINATION PROCESS ADMINISTERED BY THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE

PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST
The Broward County Physical Ability card is no longer required to begin testing for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter. We do encourage local applicants (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties) to complete their physical ability at the Broward Fire Academy. If employed by a Tri-County area fire jurisdiction, the results of the physical ability will be good for three (3) years from the date your card was issued. If NOT employed by a fire jurisdiction in the Tri-County area, the physical ability card is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue.

Candidates who have not taken a physical ability or who have cards that are expired will be required to pass this physical ability exam in order to remain on the eligible/hiring register. Candidates who are in the final stages of being processed for hire will be responsible for registering and completing the physical ability exam with the Broward Fire Academy by date of hire.

The Firefighter Physical Ability Test is as follows:

PART I — COMBAT TASK TEST

Task 1: High-Rise Stair Climb Exercise - Carry a high-rise hose pack (or similar load weighing approximately 50 pounds) to the fifth floor of a drill tower or high-rise building.

Task 2: Hoist Exercise - With the aid of a utility line and a hose roller, pull a fifty (50) foot section of two-and-a-half (2.5) inch hose up and through an open window.

Task 3: Forcible Entry Exercise - With a dead-blow sledgehammer weighing approximately ten pounds, strike a weighted slide until the slide has been driven five (5) feet.

Task 4: 1.5 Inch Hose Advance Exercise - Take the nozzle end of a one hundred and fifty (150) foot charged inch-and-a-half (1.5) line and advance the hose seventy-five (75) feet.

Task 5: Victim Rescue Exercise - While wearing turnout gear, drag a one hundred and seventy-five (175) pound dummy a distance of one hundred (too) feet.

PLEASE NOTE: The above five events must be completed within a specified time limit no greater than seven (7) minutes.

PART II CONTENT TASKS

Task 1: Confined Space Crawl Exercise - The applicant will crawl through an unrestricted portion of a maze (3' X 4'), which includes several turns, while wearing hardhat and gloves.

Task 2: Extrication Exercise - The applicant will be directed to a Hurst tool (32" spreader) weighing approximately 70 pounds. The Hurst tool will be carried to a vertical board with two holes of the same spacing as the tips of the Hurst tool. The tips will be inserted through the holes and removed. Then, without the Hurst tool touching the ground at any time, it will be returned to the marked spot.

Task 3: Ladder Exercise - The applicant will properly climb to the top of a 45' to 50' extension ladder. Upon ascending the ladder, the candidate will put in a leg lock at the designated spot and simulate forcible entry on a window with an axe. After three (3) simulated swings, the candidate will descend the ladder and proceed to the 24' extension ladder. At this point the applicant will pick up the 24' extension ladder and place it on the shoulder (low shoulder carry) and proceed to the designated cone which will be fifty (50) feet away and place the ladder properly on the ground.

Task 4: Water Survival Exercise - Wearing a tee shirt, long pants, and socks, the applicant will step off a platform raised one (1) meter above the edge of the pool into at least twelve (12) feet of water so that their body and head are completely submerged. The applicant will then surface to the top of the water and tread water in place for three minutes. Finally, the applicant will swim continuously fifty (50) feet using any recognizable stroke. Applicant cannot touch bottom or hang on sides of pool during test.

I. MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMINATION - Candidates who are scheduled to take the examination will be sent information regarding the areas which will be covered in the multiple choice exam.

II. ORAL INTERVIEW - The interview is a formal structured process. Applicants will be rated by a three-member panel (two ranking officers from the Fire Department and a Human Resources representative). Applicants for Paramedic/Firefighter will be evaluated on characteristics important to the Paramedic/Firefighter position. Applicants will be evaluated on their Communicative Ability; Judgment/Decisiveness; Initiative/Interest in the Fire Services; and Interpersonal Relations.

TRUTHFULNESS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AS DISCREPANCIES MAY CAUSE A CANDIDATE TO BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THIS RECRUITMENT AND BANNED FROM FUTURE RECRUITMENTS.

III. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION - This will be conducted once applicants are placed on the eligibility register. The focus of the investigation will include but not be limited to verification of education and training, previous employment and work history, driving history, conviction record and past or present use of drugs. Discrepancies found in the background investigation from information given at any other point in the selection process will be grounds for disqualification from the Paramedic/Firefighter selection process.

IV. POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION - These will be administered after a conditional offer of employment is given. Polygraph exam results are good for six (6) months.

V. MEDICAL EXAMINATION - Prior to being hired, eligible applicants are required to successfully complete a medical examination by the City of Fort Lauderdale's licensed physician. Candidates will be required to meet specified body fat standards along with height/weight requirements. A drug and nicotine screen test is part of this examination.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER

I. DRIVING HISTORY - Applicants will not be approved for testing who have the following driving history:

1. Accumulation of eight points or more within the past thirty-six (36) months.

2. A conviction (or case pending) for DUI, DWI, or Hit and Run, within the last five (5) years.

3. Any significant negative driving history, to be determined by management review of all relevant facts.

II. WORKWEEK - Average workweek is forty-eight (48) hours with a Kelly day every three (3) weeks. Overtime (at time-and-one-half) for Paramedic/Firefighter positions assigned to Suppression.

III. EQUIPMENT - All uniforms and equipment are furnished by the department, with some exceptions as provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

IV. BENEFITS - Paramedic/firefighters are eligible for normal retirement after 20 years of service. The retirement plan is supported by the City and is contributed on the part of the employee who is required to contribute 8.5% of his/her gross salary. The retirement system includes a Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).

Vacation and sick leave benefits are accrued, depending on years of service. Paramedic/Firefighters may be eligible for assignment pay in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and as designated by the Fire Chief.

V. TUITION REFUND - After one (1) year of service with the City, a Paramedic/Firefighter may participate in the Tuition Refund program for partial or full reimbursement of tuition for job related college course work.

VI. ELIGIBILITY TO COMPETE ON PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATIONS

In order to compete for the position of Driver Engineer, candidates must have: Two (2) or more continuous years as a Firefighter-EMT/Paramedic or Fire Inspector I with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

AND

Completed the Driver-Engineer training program sign-off for the current promotional posting conducted by the Fire-Rescue Department Training Bureau.

IMPORTANT PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER APPLICATION INFORMATION

THE FOLLOWING COPIES OF DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION . APPLICATIONS MISSING INFORMATION/CERTIFICATES WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

PLEASE NOTE: COPIES ARE TO BE SUPPLIED BY THE APPLICANT – HUMAN RESOURCES WILL NOT MAKE COPIES FOR YOU. FAX COPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

• HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE OF EQUIVALENT EDUCATION.

• DD214 MILITARY RELEASE FORM (if applicable) MEMBER 4 COPY. Your DD214 must show type of separation and character of service to be acceptable.

• WORK HISTORY – Your work history must include all positions held since the age of 18 to present. (Attach additional sheets to application if necessary.) All gaps in work history longer than 3 months must be explained even if you were attending school full-time.

PLEASE NOTE: If work history is not complete, you will not be processed.

• DRIVER'S LICENSE HISTORY – Provide a copy of your driver’s license history issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. List in item #19 all traffic citations received within the last seven (7) years, include dates, offense, issuing agency, and disposition of case. Attach separate sheet if needed. List tickets even if you attended traffic school and no points are listed on your license.

• STATE OF FLORIDA CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE, CERTIFICATE OF STATUTORY COMPLIANCE OR CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING.

• STATE OF FLORIDA PARAMEDIC LICENSE AND AHA/ACLS CERTIFICATE OR EQUIVALENT. MUST SUBMIT AT TIME OF APPLICATION.

• EVOC CERTIFICATE: Minimum 16-hour course – MUST SUBMIT AT TIME OF APPLICATION

• HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CARD FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION – MUST SUBMIT AT TIME OF APPLICATION

• BROWARD COUNTY PHYSICAL ABILITY CARD – The Broward County Physical Ability card is no longer required to begin testing for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter. We do encourage local applicants (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties) to complete their physical ability at the Broward Fire Academy. If employed by a Tri-County area fire jurisdiction, the results of the physical ability will be good for three (3) years from the date your card was issued. If NOT employed by a fire jurisdiction in the Tri-County area, the physical ability card is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue.

Candidates who have not taken a physical ability or who have cards that have expired will be required to pass this physical ability exam in order to remain on the eligible/hiring register. Candidates who are in the final stages of being processed for hire will be responsible for registering and completing the physical ability exam with the Broward Fire Academy by date of hire.

• ALL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO ANY CONVICTIONS TO INCLUDE POLICE REPORT AND COURT DISPOSITIONS MUST BE TURNED IN AT TIME OF APPLICATION.

CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE WAIVER OF CONFIDENTIAL RECORDS

NAME: __________________________________
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: _________________
DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER: _________________
ADDRESS : _______________________________
________________________________________
CITY/STATE/ZIP CODE: ______________________
DATE OF BIRTH: _______________
JOB CLASS: _______________________________

Permission is hereby given any agency of the government of the United States any municipal corporation or political subdivision of this State, or any other State agency or department Hereof, and any other agency, person, firm or corporation holding records considered confidential concerning me, to furnish to the City of Fort Lauderdale all information and copies thereof desired involving me in any way, upon request. Included in this grant of authority is my permission to former employers and other persons acquainted with me, or in possession of information concerning me, to supply such information to the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Such records, I understand, may include reasons for termination of employment, reasons for discharge from military service, criminal history, on-the job performance, complete history of injuries suffered including disability remaining, educational records, or any other personal information which may not otherwise be obtained without my prior agreement.

Signature: _____________________________ Date: __________

I understand that if I have been selected for employment in the above job class and finalization of that employment is dependent upon the verification of my present employer/employment, I hereby permit the City of Fort Lauderdale to contact my present employer for verification and work reference.

Signature: _____________________________ Date: ___________

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this______day of_____________ 20_______ y

Notary Public
(SEAL)

Personally known or Produced Identification_____

Type of Identification Produced_____________________

STATE OF FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER/FIRE INSPECTOR NON-USE OF TOBACCO LAW AND CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE FIREFIGHTER/FIRE INSPECTOR NONSMOKING POLICY

Florida Statute provides that in the event a Firefighter/Fire Inspector becomes disabled due to a heart or lung disease, it is presumed that this disability is a result of his/her employment as a Firefighter/Fire Inspector.

In view of this law and research indicating that smoking is linked to heart and lung disease, the State of Florida requires a person who applies for a job as a Firefighter/Fire Inspector to be a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application (House Bill 1456). In addition, it is the City of Fort Lauderdale's policy that all future Firefighters/Fire Inspectors shall remain nonsmokers.

The City of Fort Lauderdale and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 765, have agreed that Firefighters/Fire Inspectors hired on or after March 1, 1988, shall be required, as an absolute condition of continued employment, to refrain from smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or tobacco products of any kind at all times whether on or off duty. Any Firefighter/Fire Inspector hired on or after March 1, 1988, who violates this provision will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

I have read the above and understand that as a condition of employment as a Firefighter/Fire Inspector with the City of Fort Lauderdale, I attest that I have been a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application for this position and will remain smoke free during the employment/application process. Furthermore, I understand that I must refrain from smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or tobacco products of any kind, whether on or off duty and violation of this rule can result in my discipline up to and including discharge from employment with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Signature _____________________________ Date___________

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this _____ day of

________20_______

by_____________________________

(SEAL)

Notary Public
Personally known_______or Produced Identification ______
Type of Identification Produced ___________________
Rev. 11/99:ayj

Effective July 1, 2012: The City of Fort Lauderdale now requires newly hired employees to accept payment by direct deposit. Payment by direct deposit will be a condition of employment and all new hires will be asked to designate where they would like their payroll checks to be directly deposited.

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