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Fire Fighter II (Paramedic) (1755)

Fire Fighter II (Paramedic)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BZ75
  • Class Code: 1755
  • Established: 07/07/1986
  • Revised: 09/25/1990
  • Title Changed: --


Under supervision, (1) as a member of a fire apparatus crew, to perform the full range of fire-fighting duties in suppression of vehicle, building, improvement and vegetation fires; to assist in building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and repair; and (2) as a member of a paramedic team, to perform paramedic duties in emergency medical situations; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

Eligibles selected for positions in this classification are placed in an apprenticeship program. Permanent appointments are conditional upon successful completion of the training program.

Typical Tasks

Responds to fires; connects, lays, and operates hose lines; enters burning areas and structures with charged hose lines; operates and climbs ladders; makes forcible entry into buildings; ventilates buildings; uses hand tools and fire equipment to contain and suppress fire; assists in making fire prevention inspections; assists in building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and repair; inspects, cleans and repairs fire hoses and equipment; sharpens fire tools; paints equipment and buildings, and performs minor construction work; performs general housekeeping duties; may assist in the training of seasonal and volunteer fire fighters; keeps records and prepares reports.


Renders emergency medical assistance; performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation and electrical defibrillation; lifts and transports injured persons; administers intravenous saline, glucose and volume expanding agents; obtains blood for laboratory analysis; interprets cardiac arrhythmias; performs pulmonary ventilation by use of airway adjuncts; administers drugs; operates voice and biomedical telemetry communication systems and equipment; assists in childbirth; drives medical rescue vehicles under emergency conditions; prepares and presents to employees and the public demonstrations and classes in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other subjects relating to medical assistance.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum age of 18 years at the time of appointment. (Candidates who are within two months of satisfying the age requirement will be admitted to the examination.) and


Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment. and


Possession of a current Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT- P) certificate issued by a California County Health Officer; or enrollment in an approved paramedic training program within five months of completion. (Proof of paramedic certification applicable to county of employment will be required prior to appointment.) and Experience: Either I Three months of fire-fighting experience.



One year of experience as a certified volunteer fire fighter.



Completion of prerequisite training courses for Fire Fighter I certification.



One year of experience as a Fire Prevention Specialist I and successful completion of the mandatory training courses prescribed for a Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Fire Fighter I.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Fire fighting and emergency medical rescue methods and equipment, and operation of fire and paramedic apparatus.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; learn to operate emergency vehicles (special fire-suppression and paramedic) and other equipment efficiently and safely; learn fire laws; do heavy physical work; follow oral and written directions; write legibly; exercise good judgment in emergency situations; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; live in a fire station compatibly with others; maintain cooperative relationships with other organizations and agencies.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to work on weekends and holidays and remain on duty 24- hours a day, as required; color vision adequate to successfully perform the job as measured by the Ishihara Pseudo-Chromatic Plate Test or for persons failing the Ishihara, the Farnsworth D-15 Arrangement Test; hearing adequacy within speech frequencies (uncorrected); full use of both hands and both feet; physical strength and agility; weight in proportion to height; no more than a mild reaction to poison oak; emotional stability; sensitivity to needs of injured persons and their families; patience, tact, alertness and keenness of observation.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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