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Administrative Captain
(Emergency Medical Services)
City of South San Francisco, San Francisco/Peninsula


For more info contact:
(650) 877-8522
Close Date: Mar 1, 2013
Salary: $8,477.00 - $10,306.00 Monthly
Extended recruitment for the position of Administrative Captain (Emergency Medical Services) with the City of South San Francisco.


Extended Filing Date: Friday, March 1, 2013



Salary: $8,477 - $10,306 / month


The City of South San Francisco is a fully independent and highly commercialized full-service City with an estimated population of 60,500 growing to 100,000 during business hours. City departments include: Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Economic and Community Development; Public Works, Information Technology; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Human Resources; and Office of the City Manager.  The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 400 full-and part-time employees.


South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco.  The City is also located along the Bay Area’s main transportation routes, including 101, 280, Cal-Train, SFO, and South San Francisco BART extension.  South San Francisco is the birthplace of the biotechnology industry, housing over 80 companies on 3.5 million square feet.



The South San Francisco Fire Department currently has a Fire Chief, 4 Battalion Chiefs, a Fire Marshall, 15 Fire Captains, 1 EMS Captain, 32 Paramedic/Firefighters; 15 Engineers; 2 Firefighters; 3 Safety Inspectors; a Senior Administrative Assistant, an Administrative Assistant I, and a Management Analyst II.


The 85 members of the South San Francisco Fire Department provide South San Francisco residents with top notch service in fire suppression, emergency medical services, code enforcement, fire investigation and public education.  the South San Francisco Fire Department provides a full emergency medical services program for our citizens with certified paramedics on fire engines and quints as well as staffing two full time Advanced Support ambulances.



Under direction, monitors and assists with coordinating the department's Emergency Medical Service program, including community injury and illness prevention activities, first responder education and certification, continuous quality improvement activities, and compliance with local, state and federal EMS regulations; and does other related dities as assigned.  The incumbent exercises considerable independence.



Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying.



Four years of pre-hospital care experience the he classification of EMT-Paramedic or higher.


Licenses and Certificates: (Copies of all licenses and certificates must be provided at time of application) 

  1. Possession of a current State of California EMP-P license OR possession of one of the following valid certifications of registrations as a:

  • Registered Nurse OR

  • Physician Assistant OR

  • Nurse Practitioner with experience in Emergency Medicine or prior field paramedic experience OR

  • Possession of current license to practice medicine as a Medical Doctor preferably with experience in the emergency medical field AND

  1. Possession of the current certification or successful completion of the equivalent of the following:

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) curriculum OR Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professional (PEPP).

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and CPR Health Provider card (CPR and AED).

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) curriculum.

  • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) OR. International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) OR Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) curriculum.

  1. Must possess the ability to apply and pass the National Registry of EMT – Paramedic exit exam.

  2.  Must be a licensed paramedic and accredited by the San Mateo County prior to the date of assignment and must have an EMT, ACLS, PALS, and BLS Instructor Certification within 6 months of assignment.



Examination process will first consist of a review of application materials as noted above. The most suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an oral interview/scenario exercise weighted at 100%.


Upon completion of the examination, an eligibility employment list will be established. Top ranking candidates placed on the eligibility list will be invited to the next phase of the selection process and will consist of any or all of the following: departmental oral interview and written/practical exercise.


Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligibility employment list. Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred.


Prior to employment being made, a thorough background check will be done including a polygraph and finger print check. At the time employment is offered, applicants are required to successfully pass a medical and psychological examinations and must be able to furnish proof of legal right to work within the United States.


Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2013.


Download the application packet from our website:

and hand deliver or postal mail your completed application, supplemental checklist, and copies of all required licenses and certifications to: 


400 Grand Avenue / P.O. Box 711 - SouthSan Francisco, CA 94083


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The City of South San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer.


Ideal Candidate:


The South San Francisco EMS Captain will be a highly skilled and trained professional dedicated to creating a better quality of life for the City’s residents. He/She will demonstrate the highest qualities of honesty and integrity and will believe in and practice teamwork and open communication.
In addition, the incumbent will have excellent communication and negotiation skills, both written and verbal and a strategic leadership approach that enables him/her to coach/mentor staff to understand the bigger picture and work collegially to define and deliver key solutions and results.
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Salary:  $ 8,477 - $10,306 / month

Retirement:     Membership in Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) with survivor's benefit and employee contribution paid by employee;. Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes an equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account.

Health Insurance: City offers choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of HMO, vision and dental premiums for employee and eligible dependents. For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. Long-term disability insurance available through California Association of Professional Firefighters. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation:  Ten to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays:   Fourteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Programs:   Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Long Term Care, Employee Assistance Program, Deferred Compensation, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available.

 This classification is in an employee bargaining unit' employees may be required to join and/or pay an equivalent service fee.

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