Next Review of Applications - November 1st.
The North County Fire Protection District is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of Single Role Paramedic. This position is not represented by the Fallbrook Firefighter’s Association Safety or Non-Safety Bargaining groups. This is a Non-Safety/Non-Firefighter position. Under the supervision of a Fire Captain, the Single Role Paramedic provides basic medical care and transport of the ill and injured to hospitals or other emergency care facilities; responds to a variety of emergency and non-emergency calls for service; participates in community risk reduction and public education activities; performs station and equipment maintenance; and performs a variety of other duties relative to assigned areas of responsibility.
HOURS OF WORK:
Single Role Paramedics may be assigned 10, 12 or 24 hour shifts as necessitated by the District. On 24-hour shifts, regularly scheduled activities are generally performed from 0800-1700 and emergency call responses are performed throughout the work shift. During “regular work hours”, employees are provided two 15-minute breaks and a 60-minute lunch break. Due to Single Role employees being classified as 40-hour employees, any hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week will be paid as 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Responds to emergency and non-emergency medical calls for service and provides basic life support functions as indicated.
- Assists Staff/employees/others in delivering medical care.
- Participates in the delivery of emergency and non-emergency medical and health care.
- Supports and assists other fire and medical personnel as directed on medical calls.
- Transports patients and staff to/from medical facilities in a safe, timely manner.
- Documents and completes all reports such as: pre-hospital care reports, incident reports, travel information and training and continuing education records as per Policy.
- Becomes familiar with and maintains medical information in a confidential manner subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as per Policies.
- Maintains records and logs of work completed and in-progress.
- Performs decontamination procedures in compliance with CalOSHA regulations.
- Completes mechanical checklist for vehicles at the start/end of each shift.
- Stays current on new innovations relative to community risk reduction and emergency medical services.
- Performs community risk reduction inspections and pre-incident planning.
- Studies and keeps up to date on community geography, District rules, regulations, procedures and other training and job-related materials.
- Gives informative and educational tours of the fire station to school children and other citizens; explains the functions of the Fire District; participates in other public relations activities.
- In the event of a major emergency, may be called in from off duty to work an extended period of time and is expected to respond per Policy.
- Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
- No experience required, prior experience working as a paramedic is preferred.
- High School Diploma or GED
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
Required prior to close of application period:
- Letter of completion from a State/Nationally Accredited Paramedic Program
Required prior to appointment:
- Must have and maintain a valid Class "C" California Driver's License with an Ambulance Driver Certification. Must be insurable and maintain this status with the District's all-risk insurance carrier
- A valid State of California Paramedic License with San Diego County Accreditation
- Current Healthcare Provider CPR Card
- Current ACLS Provider Card
Required during first year of employment:
- California State Certified Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness level training
THIS POSITION REQUIRES GENERAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE WITH:
- Applicable federal, state, county and North County Fire Protection District regulations, practices and procedures.
- Emergency vehicle maintenance and safe operation, including all applicable federal and state driving licenses.
- Emergency ambulance transportation procedures including use of emergency medical equipment, gurney operations, and safe emergency work practices.
- Infectious control procedures and North County Fire Protection District’s Policies on the same.
- Emergency radio communication procedures.
- Geography and street layout of the District and surrounding area.
- California vehicular laws related to operation of ambulances.
- Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
- English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Principles and practices of customer service.
THE POSITION REQUIRES THE ABILITY TO:
- Perform competently under extreme pressure and in stressful situations.
- Make accurate observations and rapid judgments.
- Deal tactfully and effectively with the general public.
- Work cooperatively with others and contribute to a successful team effort.
- Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
- Read electronic and incident maps, follow map directions.
- Work effectively in difficult and hazardous emergency situations and environment and carry out work assignments as instructed.
- Safely and properly transport patients during ambulance transportation.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Maintain physical condition, endurance and agility appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
- Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
- Applicants shall not have Federal or State felony convictions.
- Applicants may be subject to a background check.
- Applicants must have the ability to pass psychiatric, medical and physical agility examinations.
- Employees are required to remain a non-smoker throughout employment and shall sign an Agreement to that effect.
- Single Role Paramedics are required to successfully complete a mentorship period and an Orientation Task Book
BENEFITS OF EMPLOYMENT:
WORK SCHEDULE: Single Role Paramedics may be assigned 10, 12 or 24 hour shifts as necessitated by the District.
RETIREMENT: Full-time Single Role employees will be added to the CalPERS system upon assignment. Part-time employees that are previous CalPERS members or reach a total of 1,000 hours within a fiscal year with the District will receive CalPERS retirement benefits. Once eligible, the employee remains and active member. Employees are responsible for paying the full “employee rate” for their membership class.
Retirement benefits provided by the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) for either “CLASSIC” employees or “NEW” employees, as defined by the California Pension Act of 2013.
- CLASSIC employees with 2.7% at age 55 formula for Miscellaneous employees. Employees with this classification are responsible for their 8% contribution.
- A “NEW” employee is defined as: A new hire who becomes a CalPERS members for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who has no prior membership in any other California Public retirement system, or who is not reciprocal with another California public retirement system; A new hire who is brought into the CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who is not eligible for reciprocity with another California public retirement system; or An established member prior to January 1, 2013, who is hired by a different CalPERS employer after January 1, 2013, after a break in service greater than six months. The District provides retirement benefits described in California Government Code, Section 7522.25, known commonly as 2.0% at 62. Final compensation will be based on the highest annual average compensation earnable during the three consecutive years of employment immediately preceding the effective date of his/her retirement.
- A “NEW” employee shall pay the higher of six and a half percent (6.5%) or one-half the total normal cost [up to a maximum of twelve percent (12%)] as determined by CalPERS, as their employee retirement contribution.
HEALTH INSURANCE: Health insurance benefits are provided to Single Role employees in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.
SICK LEAVE: Sick leave is accrued at a rate of one (1) hour for each thirty (30) hours worked. Sick leave may be accrued to a maximum of 400 hours and has no cash value upon separation from the District.
ANNUAL LEAVE: Annual leave is accrued biweekly at a rate of ninety-six (96) hours annually, up to a maximum of 480 hours for Paramedics assigned to a full-time schedule only.
UNIFORMS: The District provides all required uniforms.
Review of credentials/application materials. Those candidates who possess the minimum
requirements will move on to the next step in the examination process.
Assessment center may consist of, but not limited to, any of the following:
- Oral Interview
- Simulation Exercise
In order to successfully pass the evaluation process, a candidate must successfully pass each component of the exam; a combined total score that comprises a passing grade is unacceptable if any portion of the exam was not successfully passed. Regardless of the classification/category of the employee, there will be no retesting of any portion of the examination for which a passing grade is not received. Candidates who successfully pass will be put on an eligibility list for six months.
NCFPD Standards of Continued Employment Policy requires all employees to pass an annual physical fitness test and refrain from tobacco use throughout employment.
All material received in this application and testing process
will remain confidential.
The North County Fire Protection District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, political or religious affiliation, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or other functional limitation as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act except where a bona fide occupational qualification(s) so dictates.
DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. The District may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.