Firefighter-Paramedic, Polk County Fire Rescue, FL
Posted on: January 15, 2022
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This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement
This position may require a physical ability/agility test
The Polk County Fire Rescue is currently building an on-going list
for Firefighter Paramedic. All interested candidates are required
to complete FireTEAM exam and must have a valid CPAT certification.
To be considered for this round of hiring, all testing must be
completed by November 16, 2021 11:59PM.
The department also requires candidates PHQ. You can access the
questionnaire through your candidate account. The PHQ should be
completed as soon as possible to be considered further in the
Polk County Board of County Commissioners takes pride in offering
competitive benefits and compensation for all county employees
Florida Retirement System Benefits
Holiday Pay & Paid Time Off
Department Information: Polk County's Board of County Commissioners
is one of the county's top employers. And why wouldn't it be? The
county offers a comprehensive benefits package, a friendly working
environment and a diverse culture. For 10 years in a row, the
county has been recognized by CareerSource Polk, formerly Polk
Works, as a Best Places To Work.
Polk County Fire Rescue provides Advanced Life Support transport to
all residents and visitors of Polk County. It also provides fire
suppression, rescue services and fire prevention services to all of
unincorporated Polk County and the municipalities of Eagle Lake,
Polk City, Mulberry, Lake Hamilton and Hillcrest Heights. Polk
County Fire Rescue has nearly 600 full-time employees, responds to
more than 90,000 calls for service each year and covers more than
2,000 square miles.
City/County/Area Information: Polk County, Florida Cities and
surrounding areas / Polk County
MAJOR FUNCTION : This is responsible technical and skilled work in
firefighting and paramedicine work in rendering out of hospital
life support functions, other emergency care and rescue services
including the preservation of life and protection of property
against fire and related hazards. Duties include the operation and
maintenance of Fire Rescue Division vehicles and equipment.
ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES : Administers out of hospital emergency, fire
rescue, medical care services, and advanced life support. Under
supervision of Fire Rescue Medical Director or a physician,
performs the following by protocol and standing orders:
defibrillate a pulse less non-breathing patient, administers
intravenous electrolyte or glucose solutions, surgical
cricothyrotomy on adult complete airway obstruction, needle
cricothyrotomy on pediatric complete airway obstruction, intra
osseous infusion on the pediatric arrest/trauma alert patient,
performs gastric/tracheal suction by intubation, endotracheal
intubation, administers injections, documents controlled substance
use, and performs other procedures as allowed by emergency medical
service rules and regulations and/or by the Fire Rescue Medical
Director. Must comply with the Polk County Fire Rescue Blood Borne
Pathogen Exposure Control Plan. Work involves responsibility for
the protection of life and property through firefighting and rescue
operations, usually under close supervision. Employees of this
class are also required to learn and participate in the operation
of firefighting equipment and apparatus. Although firefighting and
emergency rescue work, including the administration of emergency
medical treatment, are the most difficult and responsible areas of
activity, a major portion of time is spent on pre-fire surveys;
training, studying methods, techniques and organization of
firefighting and on routine duties in the care and maintenance of
Fire Department property and equipment. Work involves an element of
personal danger and requires working on extended shifts. Work is
usually performed in accordance with explicit instructions and
well-defined procedures; however, satisfactory performance of the
work requires initiative and a thorough individual understanding of
the methods, equipment and principles of firefighting, fire
prevention, rescue and emergency medical techniques in meeting a
wide variety of emergencies.
Firefighters with appropriate specialized training may work in the
assignment of Hazardous Materials Technician, Technical Rescue
Member, Apparatus Operator/Driver or assigned to an Emergency
Responds to alarms of fire or other emergencies; dons personal
protective equipment; works in enclosed areas; lays and connects
hoses; holds nozzles which direct water streams; raises and climbs
ladders; uses chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and other
Responds to alarms of fire or other emergencies in commercial,
residential and multiple story structures; climbs stairs carrying a
myriad of firefighting tools or emergency medical equipment;
performs search and rescue techniques for locating building
occupants; operates and controls building fire suppression systems;
operates building elevators under fire service control.
Responds to alarms of fire or other emergencies often performing
duties for an extended period of time while wearing self-contained
breathing apparatus in high temperatures and with limited
Ventilates structures in accordance with applied knowledge; removes
victims from serious auto accidents, structures on fire, or other
dangerous situations; administers emergency medical care to injured
persons; performs property conservation (salvage) operations;
assists in cleanup operation after the fire is suppressed.
May be assigned as a driver of a vehicle or apparatus; checks radio
operability; responsible for maintaining apparatus, equipment,
inventory and other logs; may communicate by radio from fire,
rescue and other emergency scenes. May be assigned as the operator
of a heavy-duty diesel-powered pumper truck or aerial truck;
directs hose connections at pump; operates pumps, making sure
proper pressure and water flow is maintained; operates aerial
ladder or snorkel power lift.
Operates fire apparatus to and from the fire or rescue scene over
the optimal route at high speeds in the safest and most efficient
manner in accordance with departmental policy. Participates in the
on-duty company physical fitness program.
Participates in fire drills and attends training classes in
firefighting, emergency medical techniques and related subjects;
participates in pre-fire surveys of industrial and other business
buildings, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and multi-family
dwellings; prepares floor plans, records and locates key items on
floor plans of facilities for departmental use in the event of
fires, disasters or other emergencies.
Performs general maintenance and cleaning work in the upkeep of
apparatus, equipment, furnishings and structures.
Aids in the evacuation of portions of the county during natural or
other disasters. Assists law enforcement agencies in the
investigation of arson cases. Performs related work as
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS : Knowledge of emergency care
procedures, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of life
sustaining equipment and practices. Knowledge of safety, comfort
matters/methods in the handling and treatment of patients.
Knowledge of Florida safety requirements and privileges when
responding to non-emergency and emergency calls. Knowledge of
Florida traffic and driving regulations. Knowledge of and skill in
defensive driving methods. Ability to become familiar with the
roadway/highway systems within Polk County. Ability to communicate
effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to read, write
clearly using rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language in an
understandable manner. Must be able to compute portions, ratios,
percentages, calculate surfaces, volumes, weights, and measures.
Ability to work as a team player. Ability to make sound
Using proper body mechanics, ability to lift and carry one end of a
stretcher holding patients weighing an average of 150 pounds
frequently, with an upward range of 300 pounds infrequently not
including the weight of the stretcher. Ability to exert an excess
of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds
frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to
move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those
for heavy work. Ability to adhere to physician instructions,
protocol, and standing orders.
Ability to physically and mentally perform a variety of various
emergency duties under extreme conditions. Ability to distinguish
colors. Ability and skill to perform minor maintenance and/or
repairs on various fire rescue vehicles and equipment. Knowledge of
all pieces of patient care equipment and ambulance vehicle
operation. Ability to relate use and care of such equipment.
Ability to learn and follow the current Fire Rescue Critical Care
Guidelines for patient care, as well as all Fire Rescue policies,
procedures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Ability to
analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine the
proper course of action. Ability to react quickly and calmly under
Ability to become familiar with the roadway/highway systems within
Polk County. Skill and dexterity in the use and manipulation of
tools and apparatus used in fighting fires and performing emergency
medical care. Ability to learn and efficiently perform a wide
variety of firefighting and rescue duties, methods and techniques.
Ability to climb stairs in multiple story buildings carrying heavy
tools and equipment.
Ability to perform physically demanding duties such as carrying
victims; hoisting equipment using ropes; using heavy equipment to
force entry into or ventilation of structures; use of hand and
mechanical tools to extricate patients of automobile accidents.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
as necessitated by the work. Ability to climb ladders and work at
Ability to understand and execute complex oral and written
Ability to perform limited mechanical work involved in maintaining
firefighting and rescue apparatus, equipment and tools. Ability to
work as a part of a team and to exercise independent judgment as
required. Ability to cope with stressful situations firmly,
courteously and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of
others. Ability to drive or operate large fire rescue vehicles in a
safe and efficient manner.
Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers : Must obtain and maintain
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Justice Information
Services (CJIS) Security Awareness certification from the Polk
County Sheriffs Office.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS : Graduate of an accredited high school or
possess an acceptable equivalency diploma and have a valid
Certificate of Compliance as outlined in the Florida Division of
State Fire Marshal Uniform Fire Safety Rules and Standards Chapter
69A-37, or a verification letter indicating that the individual
meets the above requirements and will be issued a Certificate of
Compliance from the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau
of Fire Standards and Training Office. Must possess and maintain a
valid certification card as a Paramedic issued by the State of
Florida Department of Health and:
Is at least 18 years of age.
Certifies under oath that he/she is not addicted to alcohol or any
Certifies under oath that he/she is free from any physical or
mental defect or disease that might impair his/her ability to drive
an ambulance and perform his/her duties.
Meets the requirements in Florida Statute 401.281 as this position
may be required to drive an advanced life support vehicle in the
event of an emergency.
Meet the following driving history requirements:
Have not accrued 12 points within 36 months or 18 points within 48
Have not been convicted on alcohol/drug related offenses within 36
Have not been convicted of two (2) alcohol/drug related offenses
within 10 years.
Have not had a suspension, revocation, or restriction due to moving
violations or alcohol/ drug related problem, including failure to
take a breath test within the 36 months prior.
Must provide proof of insurance when required to use their personal
vehicle as part of their daily job duties.
Possess a valid American Heart Association CPR "BLS for Health Care
Providers" card or the American Red Cross Professional CPR card or
American Heart Association (AHA) or American Safety and Health
Possess a valid American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life
Support provider or instructor card.
Must have a valid driver's license and be able to secure a valid
Florida drivers license at the time of employment.
Possess the following National Incident Management System (NIMS)
ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
IS-800: National Response Framework, an Introduction
Certification by the Polk County Office of Medical Direction to
function as a paramedic under the license of the Polk County Fire
Rescue Medical Director
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS : Must obtain and maintain Federal Bureau of
Investigations (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS)
Security Awareness certification through the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement (FDLE) Employees hired into this position after
January 1, 2013 must obtain and maintain this certification as a
condition of employment.
Applicant/employee shall be fingerprinted and subject to personal
background investigation procedures to ascertain an evaluation and
determination of moral character according to Chapter 69A-37
Firefighters Standards and Training.
Must be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of
measure. Work requires lifting very heavy weight occasionally,
heavy weight frequently and moderate weight constantly. Ability to
cope with mental and emotional stresses of the job.
Applicants who have not been employed by the Polk County Fire
Rescue Division in a firefighter-paramedic capacity will be
required to produce documentation that they have successfully
completed the following from the National Testing Network:
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and the exam date can be no
more than one calendar year from the hire date.
Complete the FireTEAM testing and a Personal History Questionnaire
(PHQ) at the time of application.
Must have a telephone while employed with the Fire Rescue Division
as employee is subject to call in emergencies.
This position will be required to report for work when a
declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.
SPECIAL PREFERENCES : Valid Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
provider or instructor certification.
Valid International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) or Pre-hospital
Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) provider or instructor
Valid Emergency Vehicle Operator Course Certification card or a
recognized 16-hour course that is equivalent.
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