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Fire Apparatus Engineer (Paramedic) (1756)

Fire Apparatus Engineer (Paramedic)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BZ65
  • Class Code: 1756
  • Established: 07/07/1986
  • Revised: 09/25/1990
  • Title Changed: --


Under general supervision, to operate fire apparatus during wildland and structural fire-fighting operations; to lead an assigned crew in the performance of fire-fighting duties; to maintain and make minor repairs on vehicles, equipment, and the fire stations; to perform fire prevention tasks; as part 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

Drives and operates a fire apparatus such as pumper, water tank, or rescue trucks in connection with extinguishing wildland, structural, and other fires, and in fire prevention and rescue work; leads a crew; performs maintenance and simple repairs on equipment; makes reports on the operation of equipment; uses maps; operates two-way radio as necessary; may act as fire captain relief; assists in training crews to fight fire efficiently and safely; checks, cleans and polishes trucks; does general station maintenance and repair work especially during nonfire season; assists in building roads, trails, telephone lines, and minor structures; as a learner, may operate other heavy equipment when required; makes fire law inspections; investigates fire causes; prepares and presents fire prevention programs to the public; 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 rescue vehicles under emergency conditions.

Minimum Qualifications

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 Eight months of fire-fighting experience.



Enrollment in the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee Preapprenticeship Outreach Program. and Eight months of fire-fighting experience.



Two years of experience as a certified volunteer fire fighter.



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


(Candidates who are within two months of satisfying the experience requirement under Pattern I above for this class will be admitted to the examination, but they must fully meet the experience requirement before being eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Fire fighting and emergency medical rescue methods and equipment, and operation of fire and paramedic apparatus; repair and upkeep of fire apparatus, rescue and auxiliary equipment; California Vehicle Code as it applies to the operation of trucks and emergency vehicles on the highways.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; learn to drive a fire truck safely on mountain roads, narrow streets, highways, and freeways; learn to operate emergency/paramedic rescue and other equipment as required; learn and apply to specific situations, rules, regulations, and departmental procedures; lead a fire-fighting crew; follow written and oral instructions; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; maintain cooperative relationships with other organizations and agencies, and individuals in a work situation; write legibly; exercise good judgment in emergency situations.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to live and work in remote areas and on weekends and holidays, to remain on duty 24 hours a day, as required; distant visual acuity (Snellen) of not less than 20/100 without corrective lenses in each eye, separately corrected to not less than 20/40 in one eye with corrective lenses; distant binocular acuity (Snellen) of at least 20/40 in both eyes with or without corrective lenses; 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 adequately 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 and 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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