HERNANDO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE
60 VETERANS AVENUE
BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 34601
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Updated: August 12, 2019
Classification: Firefighter/EMT I or Firefighter/Paramedic
Hernando County Fire Rescue is currently hiring for Firefighter-Paramedic or Firefighter-EMT. This position requires FireTEAM and a valid CPAT. All testing must be completed by June 5, 2019.
Permanent residence must be established within 50 miles of the nearest station within (6) months of employment.
Salary Minimum EMT: $13.12/Hourly; $36,840.96/AnnuallySalary Minimum Paramedic: $15.91/Hourly; $44,675.28/Annually
Benefit Information: Health Benefits, Florida Retirement, Sick/Vacation Leave, Twelve (12) paid Holidays and Employee Assistance ProgramApplicant Process: The Hernando County Fire Rescue Department (HCFR) offers full testing services for the positions of Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic through National Testing Network, Inc. You must complete both the entry level test and CPAT test to be considered for employment. To schedule a test, go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select Fire and sign up for the HCFR Department.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON-LINE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION LOCATED AT: www.hernandocounty.us.hr
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, employment application, and salary requirements.
It’s the intention of Hernando County Fire Rescue to hire employees who are committed to providing the highest level of emergency services to the citizens and visitors of Hernando County. In attempting to hire long-term/career employees, Hernando County Fire Rescue will give priority in interviewing applicants who currently reside within fifty (50) miles of the closest Hernando County Fire Rescue Station.Although Hernando County Fire Rescue participates in the National Testing Network process, Hernando County Fire Rescue does not utilize or recognize the National Testing Network’s ranking process to determine who to interview.In order to participate in the interview process, applicants will need to meet all qualifications required in the job description, which Human Resources will review. Those who are interviewed and then offered employment outside of the fifty (50) mile radius, will be required to reside within fifty (50) miles of the closest station within six (6) months of employment. Additionally, interviews will be selected by date and time received and the required number of applicants needed to be interviewed.What to expect at the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:
Upon completion of the entry level exam and CPAT testing, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the HCFR Department. Candidates who attain a passing score on both the entry level exam and the physical abilities test will be placed on the department’s eligibility list. The HCFR Department will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the department selection process.National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the HCFR Department’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to the HCFR Department where the final decisions are made.Department Information: Hernando County Fire Rescue covers approximately 450 square miles. In 2015, the department handled just short of 30,000 incidents. The department handles all types of emergencies ranging from basic medical calls, hazardous materials incidents, structure fires and wildland fires. The department transports patients from scene to the hospitals additionally we handle inter-facility transports. County Information: Hernando County stretches 37 miles east to west, and 18 miles north to south for a total of 506 square miles.In 2001, the Turnpike District of the Florida Department of Transportation opened 42 miles of the Suncoast Parkway connecting northern Hernando County with the Tampa International Airport and Westshore District of Tampa. The north-south tollway translates to less than 30 minutes to Tampa for many Spring Hill residents.Hernando County is also well connected by Interstate 75 and US 301 in the east, US 41 and US 98 in the central part of the County, and US 19 in western Hernando County. Other Florida cities lying within an hour's drive of the County are Lakeland, Ocala, and Orlando. The County is served by the local Hernando County Airport and Tampa International Airport, 45 miles to the south.Hernando County has two railways pass into and through the county. The railways are owned and managed by CSX Railroads.Hernando County has two rivers flow into and through the county, the Weeki Wachee River and the Withlacoochee River. Hernando County also borders on the Gulf of Mexico. Hernando County has numerous lakes that are either manmade or created naturally.
US Citizen: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid FLORIDA State Driver's License: Yes, and be insurable by the current insurance carrier.
Firefighter/EMT: Two (2) years of working with a paid or part-paid fire department or has attended Firefighter I, II and EMT classes within the past three (3) years.
Firefighter/Paramedic: Minimum one (1) year working as a Firefighter EMT I.
EMT: Must possess current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Florida, successfully completed the Florida Minimum Firefighting Standards class and possess Florida State Minimum Firefighting Standards Certificate of Compliance prior to employment. Must possess and maintain Florida State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and BLS provider. Must have current CPAT.
Paramedic: Must possess current certification as a Paramedic in the State of Florida, successfully completed the Florida Minimum Firefighting Standards class and possess Florida State Minimum Firefighting Standards Certificate of Compliance prior to employment. Receive and maintain the HCFR Medical Director’s authorization to function as a Paramedic. Must possess and maintain Florida State Paramedic and BLS provider. CPR, ACLS and PALS. Apparatus Driver/Operator and Fire Officer I preferred. Must have a current CPAT certificate (within 1 year of application) from a licensed CPAT center.
These positions are subject to the Hepatitis B Vaccine.
Special Requirements: Permanent residence must be established within 50 miles of the nearest station within (6) months of employment. Must maintain a clean police record and meet other requirements as further defined in Florida Statutes 633.34.
General Job Description:: The Firefighter EMT I is responsible for preventing and extinguishing fires and providing Basic Life Support pre-hospital emergency medical care.
The Firefighter/Paramedic I is responsible for preventing and extinguishing fires and providing Advanced Life Support pre-hospital emergency medical care.
Essential Job Functions:
Critical Expertise to Perform Essential Functions:
Essential Physical Skills:
Environmental Conditions: Must be able to battle thick smoke, intense heat and crawling through cramped areas while wearing heavy clothing and protective breathing gear. Hazardous conditions: Flames, fire, chemicals, smoke, heat, gases, moving vehicles, falling structures and debris, electricity, poor ventilation, poor lighting, and related hazards and stressful situations. Exposure to body fluids, foul odors and bio-hazardous human waste.
Employee responds to crisis situations that require the incumbent to make major decisions involving people, resources, and property.
Marginal / Secondary Job Functions: