Certified Firefighter

City of Gainesville
Job Description
$15.46 - $24.11 Hourly
Gainesville, FL
Job Type
Full-Time Regular
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invites your interest in the position of

Firefighter/Paramedic, Firefighter/EMT

The City of Gainesville/Gainesville Fire Rescue is seeking professional Certified Firefighters who are committed to protecting and serving.
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Minimum Qualifications to complete TEAMS Test and CPAT with the National Testing Network
  • Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma

Required by Start Date – Estimated to be February 8, 2021
  • Valid Driver's License required upon appointment
  • Valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and/or Paramedic certification at the time of hire
  • Valid State of Florida Fire Fighter II certification required in compliance with criteria set forth by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshall is required at the time of appointment.
  • To be eligible for additional increments to your base pay as outlined in the Base Pay Calculator, all documents supporting your highest level of education and/or paramedic certification and verification of previous experience. MUST be attached at the time of application to receive consideration.

Interested applicants should find required qualifications and submit application HERE or go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com.  This application process is open year round, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications, test results, and qualifications. For questions about the minimum qualifications or application process and time line, please call Kymberly at 352-393-8717.
Job Description
This is responsible technical work protecting life and property by responding to emergency calls; providing emergency medical treatments; performing rescue operations; and combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires; and includes maintaining fire department equipment and quarters.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision. Work in this class is distinguished other classes by its emphasis on providing emergency medical treatment and firefighting.

*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower level duties may be required.

Provides compassionate care at the Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) level by creating and delivering responsible treatment and thorough documentation.

Responds to fire incidents and alarms with an engine or truck company.  Lays and connects hose, serves as nozzle person, and performs interior fire attacks.  Raises and climbs ladders.  Uses water, carbon dioxide, and chemical extinguishing agents.  Uses hydraulic tools, power tools, hand tools and other specialized equipment.

Makes forcible entry into building when necessary.  Ventilates building to drive out smoke and gasses.  Opens walls and other structures which impede effective firefighting, or to effect a rescue.

Assists in performing rescue operations in hazardous environments, and renders medical aid when needed.

Drives and operates ladder trucks, fire pumpers, and rescue trucks to and from incidents in response to emergencies.

Prepares for pumping operations by ensuring that hydrant connections are made.  Uses varied hose connections to connect hose to pump, join hose sections, and connect hose to nozzles.  Pumps water to fire at designated pressure.  Watches condition of motor and unit during operation and makes necessary adjustments or reports defects to mechanic.

Prepares written and computerized reports after medical and fire incidents.

Makes periodic inspections of buildings, gasoline storage tanks, theaters, and other structures for compliance with fire prevention laws.

Performs pre-fire planning of target hazards within the community.

Performs fire safety and public education presentations as assigned.

Attends recertification classes in order to maintain required certifications.

Attends company training, drills, and classes on duty as directed.

Accesses fire station computers for report entry, electronic mail communications, department calendar updates, and various data entry and retrieval.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

Receives fire alarms by telephone, radio, or industrial alarm systems and other public safety emergency calls.  Ascertains nature of fire or emergency and its location, and dispatches by radio all necessary personnel and equipment to scene.

Performs general maintenance work of Fire Department property.  Cleans and washes walls and floors.  Makes minor repairs to property and equipment.  Washes, cleans, polishes, and tests apparatus and related equipment.

May be required to transport, mix, handle or use hazardous materials (other than cans of gasoline, batteries, pumping fuel or access to normal janitorial cleaning materials) or may be responsible for facilities or equipment carrying current, fluids or gas that could endanger the public or other employees.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.  Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions.

Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma.


Valid Driver's License required (Class "D" or Commercial Driver License valid for driving emergency vehicles) upon appointment.

Valid State of Florida Fire Fighter II certification required in compliance with criteria set forth by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshall is required at the time of appointment.

Valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic certification may be required within one (1) year from date of hire.

Ability to work effectively with coworkers and the general public.

Ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.

Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods within a reasonable training period.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.

Applicants must meet age, moral, educational, health, and physical requirements as prescribed by the City. Pre-employment medical examination required, including satisfactory drug screening. 

Work requires physical strength and agility.

Work requires emergency call duty. 

Work may require performing tasks in and around heavy traffic. 

Work may require exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals. 

Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climactic conditions.

Applicants must comply with Gainesville Fire Department's tobacco use prohibition policy.
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