Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District   Mather, CA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on July 5, 2024
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Salary: $100,523.28 - $110,721.96 Annually

Closing Date: 8/2/2024 4:00 PM Pacific

Salary and Benefits - This position will be starting at step three (3) of the Firefighter/Paramedic Pay Scale as shown below.

Step 1           Step 2           Step 3             Step 4           Step 5           
$7,606.06     $7,981.79     $8,376.94       $8,791.48      $9,226.83    

BASE PAY SCALE with 5% EMT and 9.3% Paramedic Incentives
Step 1           Step 2           Step 3             Step 4           Step 5         
$8,693.72     $9,123.18     $9,574.84     $10,048.66      $10,546.26    

Retirement - CalPERS Safety retirement: Classic employee 3% @ 50, PEPRA employee 2.7% @ 57

Retiree Health Benefits -  All new employees hired after December 1, 2011, and retiring from the District will obtain five percent (5%) credit per year towards retiree medical up to one hundred percent (100%) at the completion of twenty (20) years of employment with the District or another CalPERs agency.  Any previous employment with another CalPERs agency will count towards the completion of twenty (20) years of employment.  

Health Benefits - CalPERS health insurance offering variety of HMO's and PPO's. District contributes 92% of the health plan premium and the employee/retiree is responsible for the remaining 8% of the premium. Dental and vision insurance are also paid by the District.

Life Insurance - $20,000 for the first probationary year and $100,000 thereafter.


Vacation Leave - 14 hours / month (for the first two years, amount goes up depending on years of service)

Sick Leave -  24 hours / month

Child Birth Disability Leave - Six (6) weeks of paid leave after the birth of a child during the disability period.

Paid Holiday Leave - 144 hours (paid out monthly)


Education incentive - up to 10.5% max

EMT incentive - 5% of base pay

Paramedic - 9.3% of base pay

Longevity - 2% of base pay starting at 10 years of service and up to 12% of base pay depending on years of service.  


Under general supervision of a fire captain, performs a full range of all-risk emergency activities, including, but not limited to, fire suppression, emergency medical services, extrication, technical rescue, and hazardous materials. Firefighters will engage in the suppression of structural, wildland, and other types of fires; performs scheduled maintenance of fire stations, fire apparatus, and related equipment; provides emergency medical and rescue services to the community; participates in fire safety inspections; maintains various records and completes various reports; may be required to drive emergency fire and EMS apparatus; performs other duties as required.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

This list of essential duties is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the position; it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the position.

  1. Responds to emergency incidents as a member of a fire company; may connect and lay hose lines; may enter burning areas and structures with charged hose lines; operates and climbs fire ladders; participates in the rescue of persons trapped in burning buildings and vehicles; renders first aid; may perform forcible entry; may ventilate structures to release smoke, heat, and gases.
  2. Ensures operational readiness of self and equipment in assigned station.
  3. Performs a variety of all-risk emergency scene operations.
  4. Participates in regular training activities and exercises.
  5. Assists in fire inspections and fire prevention activities; assists in the preparation and presentation of fire prevention programs to the public.
  6. Participates in general housekeeping and building, grounds, and equipment maintenance; will inspect, clean, and maintain equipment.
  7. Operates emergency medical equipment; relays vital signs by radio to receiving hospitals; gives emergency treatment and medication under doctor's orders; immobilizes patients and transports to emergency medical facility.
  8. Assists in the investigation of fire causes and the preservation of evidence.
  9.  Prepares reports and may testify in court as to the findings.
  10. May act as fire captain or fire engineer in emergency or upgrade situations.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.


Essential Functions described in the Firefighter job description are preformed in and affected by the following environmental and operational factors:

  • Operate both as a member of a team and independently at incidents of uncertain factors.
  • Spend extensive time outside exposed to the elements.
  • Tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing essential functions. Must perform physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 F), humid (up to 100%) atmospheres while wearing equipment, which significantly impairs body-cooling mechanisms.
  • Work in wet, icy, or muddy areas.
  • Perform a variety of tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as on rooftops or from ladders.
  • Work in areas where sustaining traumatic or thermal injuries are possible.
  • Face exposure to carcinogenic dusts such as asbestos, toxic substances such as hydrogen cyanide, acids, carbon monoxide, or organic solvents either through inhalation or skin contact.
  • Face exposure to infectious agents such as hepatitis B or HIV.
  • Wear personal protective equipment that weighs approximately 50 pounds while performing essential functions.
  • Perform complex tasks during life-threatening emergencies.
  • Work for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration.
  • Face life and death decision during emergency conditions.
  • Exposed to grotesque sights and smells associated with major trauma and burn victims.
  • Make rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods.
  • Operate in environments of high noise, poor visibility, limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces.
  • Use manual and power tools in the performance of duties.
  • Rely on senses of sight, hearing, smells, and touch to help determine the nature of the emergency, maintain personal safety, and make critical decisions in a confused, chaotic, and potentially life threatening environment throughout the duration of the operation.

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

Education:  Possess a high school diploma or equivalent GED certificate.

Qualifying Experience: To apply for this position, you must be currently employed with another fire agency as a full time paid Firefighter/Paramedic in good standing and non-probationary.  At least three (3) years of continuous experience as a full time paid Firefighter/Paramedic is required. Current Metro Fire Firefighter Paramedics are not elgibile for this recruitment.  This recruitment is for external applicants only.  

Licenses: Must possess a National Registry Paramedic card OR a California State Paramedic Card at time of application.  If candidates apply with a National Registry card, you must be able to obtain a California State Paramedic license prior to the start of the lateral academy.   Must be able to obtain a Sacramento County EMT-P Accreditation by completion of the lateral academy. Possession of a valid [unrestricted] California Driver's License Class C.  Ability to obtain and maintain a Firefighter Endorsement within six (6) months of appointment.

FFI: Must have a Firefighter I certification accredited by the Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualification System or equivalent at time of application.

Examples of Desirable Certifications:  Driver Operator 1A/1B, ICS 300, Rescue Systems 1 & 2, River and Flood Operations, River and Flood Technician, Boat Operator, Hazardous Materials Operations, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazards Materials Specialist, Fire Control 5 (ARFF), Firefighter 2, Auto Extrication.  

CPAT:  All candidates must have a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from a provider licensed by the IAFF/IAFC.  The CPAT must have been obtained within one year prior to the start of the lateral academy.

CPR: All candidates must have a valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation card or equivalent at time of application.  

Physical Requirements: Maintain physical ability and stamina to meet position tasks and responsibilities. Physical abilities must be commensurate with the essential functions of the position. No person shall pose a direct threat to themselves or to the health and safety of other individuals in the work place, or to the public they serve.

Health Exposure: This is a Department of Health and Human Services Category I position. Tasks involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.

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