South San Francisco

Paramedic/Firefighter (20059807)

Entry-Level and Lateral Transfer
San Francisco/Peninsula
12/7/2020 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$106,100.00-$135,437.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


480 North Canal Street South San Francisco, 94080


Applications are being accepted for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter - Entry-level and Lateral Transfer and with the City of South San Francisco.



The City of South San Francisco is a General Law city with a population of 68,000 residents that grows to 110,000 during business hours. 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. This City is also located along the Bay Area's main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The City of South San Francisco is a full-service city with 12 City Departments including Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Economic and Community Development; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Information Technology; Human Resources; City Clerk; and Office of the City Manager.  The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 460 full-time regular employees.

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past.  In recent years, the City has been redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit, which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World.

South San Francisco’s biotechnology cluster is the largest in the world, with roughly 45,000 life science workers, 200 biotech companies, and over 12 million square feet of office/R&D facilities – with an additional 9 million square feet of new R&D facilities in the development pipeline. 

South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. 


The Fire Department operates five (5) fire stations throughout the City which are staffed 24-hours per day, plus an Emergency Operations Center and Fire Training Tower. Two fire stations have paramedic ambulances. The City of South San Francisco is the only Fire Department in San Mateo County providing its own paramedic transport services. The Paramedic ambulances respond to medical emergencies, as well as structure fires and other hazardous incidents. The City is replacing and expanding two (2) of the existing fire stations, modernizing and relocating the facilities to better serve the public.


The South San Francisco Fire Department exists to protect the members of our residential and business communities, our neighbors and visitors, their property, and environment.  We will work to prevent injury and damage through education, fire prevention and to respond to the impact of fire, medical emergencies, natural and human-caused disasters, and release of hazardous materials. 


An eligible employment list will be created for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter and will be used to fill current and future vacancies. This classification encompasses the full range of firefighter duties and Paramedic Ambulance Transport Services. Incumbents currently work a 2/4 work schedule with a 24-day work cycle (2/24 hour shifts with 4 days off). Training is provided to protect life, property, and the environment from the risks of fire, explosion, and hazardous materials. 


Incumbents perform paramedic ambulance transport services, engage in medical aid, firefighting, and all other suppression and prevention activities to protect life and property; drive, operate, and maintain fire apparatus and equipment; assist and participate in training, inspections, and related fire prevention and public education activities. 

Ideal Candidate

The ideal Paramedic/Firefighter should be able to:

  • Operate in physically and emotionally demanding environments associated with firefighting, rescue, emergency medical, and related duties.
  • Learn to drive and operate pumpers, trucks, ambulances, and aerial apparatus with care and safety in accordance with traffic laws. 
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies.
  • Comfort and deal effectively with distraught victims and families.
  • Learn basic operation and mechanics of firefighting equipment, locations, streets, and the location of hydrants, mains, and major traffic and fire hazards.
  • Communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing in a legible manner; using proper English and enunciation
  • Learn and effectively apply city and state fire codes and associated laws.
  • Commit to a rewarding career which requires excellent customer service skills, ethical habits, and lifelong learning.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:


Entry Level: None required. Two years' work experience as a field paramedic is preferred.

Lateral: Two years as a paramedic/firefighter in a California city or county within the last five years of application. Successful completion of probationary period within the two years as paramedic/firefighter is required.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade and successful completion of six units of college-level fire science coursework or successful completion of Firefighter I curriculum.


  1. Possession of a current State of California EMT-P or current National Registry Paramedic Certification prior to time of appointment. With National Registry Certification, you must also obtain a current State of California EMT-P prior to appointment.
  2. Ability to meet California Department of Motor Vehicle and departmental requirements to operate fire apparatus.
  3. Possession of current certification or successful completion of the equivalent of the following prior to the departmental appointment:
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) curriculum or Pediatric Education for the Pre-hospital Provider (PEPP) curriculum.
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR Health Care Provider card (CPR and AED)
    • Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS) curriculum.
    • Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) or Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) or International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) curriculum.
    • Possession of current CPAT card (Candidate Physical Ability Test), earned within 12 months of conditional offer date, prior to date of appointment.
    • Possession of a valid Driver's License, with ability to obtain a valid California Driver's License prior to appointment.
    • Firefighter I certification or transcript copies of 6 units college-level fire science coursework.

Handwritten certifications will not be accepted (includes name and date).

  1. Accredited by San Mateo County EMSA within six months of appointment.
  2. May be required to obtain CPR Instructor's Certificate.

Age: Minimum of 21 years of age at time of the examination.



The Examination Process will consist of the following independent parts:

  1. Applicants must be active on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List. The South San Francisco Fire Department will receive a list of eligible candidates from FCTC. If you are currently not on the list, visit to register and to find out the minimum qualifications to be placed on the Statewide Eligibility List.
  2. Examination process will consist of a review of application material and responses to supplemental checklist.
  3. Candidates with complete application including a verified FCTC score of 70% and above will be placed on the City of South San Francisco's Eligible Employment List which is valid for one year. Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and/or placement on the South San Francisco eligible employment list.

Candidates must pass all parts of the selection process in order to be considered for employment. Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred. Top scoring candidates placed on the eligible list will be invited to the next phase of the selection process which will consist of a departmental oral interview. Candidates invited to the departmental selection interviews will need to submit all other required certifications mentioned on this job announcement.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred.  

Note: The City of South San Francisco reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. Admission to the examination may be limited to those applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications on the application and resume, in addition to an assessment of supplemental questionnaire responses. Applicants possessing the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed admission to the examination.

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Recruit Salary: $106,100.00 Annually

Paramedic/Firefighter Salary: $111,442.00 - $135,437.00/Annually

Retirement: Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System with survivor‘s benefit. In compliance to AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is either 3% @ 55; employee pays approximately 10% of pay (8% for miscellaneous members), OR 2.7% at age 57, employee pays approximately 12% of pay, depending on the individual's eligibility. Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after retirement account.

Overtime: Time and one-half for all overtime.

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

Vacation: 144 hours up to 432 hours annual vacation, depending on length of service.

Health Insurance: City offers choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental core plan premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees contribute 10% of the HMO health premium cost based on the category of coverage (single, two, family). For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. The City offers a discretionary benefit option for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere. Long-term disability insurance available through California Association of Professional Firefighters.

Programs: Employee Assistance Plan, Long Term Care Plan, Credit Union, Deferred Compensation, Education Incentive Pay, Uniform Allowance are available to City employees.

Bilingual Pay: Premium pay of 2.5% for employees who speak designated languages of Spanish, Tagalog, or American Sign Language. (Qualifications determined through testing procedures).

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

Special Instructions



Please make sure that your entire application packet is complete. An application without a completed questionnaire and an uploaded copy of your current CA EMT-P or National Registry Paramedic Certification will not be considered. Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with

Prior to hire, and after a conditional offer of appointment has been made, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including pre-employment medical and psychological examinations, polygraph, drug screen test, a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to nature and recency of the conviction and relationship to job duties. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract and is subject to change. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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