Job Posting: Fire Fighter II (Paramedic)

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Fire Fighter II (Paramedic)

$4,255.00 - $5,515.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under supervision, (1) as a member of a fire apparatus crew, to perform the full range of fire-fighting duties in suppression of vehicle, building, improvement and vegetation fires; to assist in building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and repair; and (2) as a member of a paramedic team, to perform paramedic duties in emergency medical situations; and to do other related work.

Responds to fires; connects, lays, and operates hose lines; enters burning areas and structures with charged hose lines; operates and climbs ladders; makes forcible entry into buildings; ventilates buildings; uses hand tools and fire equipment to contain and suppress fire; assists in making fire prevention inspections; assists in building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and repair; inspects, cleans and repairs fire hoses and equipment; sharpens fire tools; paints equipment and buildings, and performs minor construction work; performs general housekeeping duties; may assist in the training of seasonal and volunteer fire fighters; 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 medical rescue vehicles under emergency conditions; prepares and presents to employees and the public demonstrations and classes in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other subjects relating to medical assistance.

Working Conditions

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 adequacy 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.

May be required to work irregular work hours and days, including weekends and holidays. Maintains the Arduous Fitness Standard in accordance with Department policy. The incumbent is required to wear respiratory protection equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). As such, CALOSHA requires the incumbent to be annually medically cleared to be fit-tested for respiratory protection equipment.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Fire Fighter II (Paramedic)
$4,255.00 - $5,515.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
In Office
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California's fire department and resource management agency.  The organization is comprised of nearly 8,000 permanent and seasonal employees.  The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations. CAL FIRE provides employees with a variety of career choices and opportunites. We hope that you will consider a rewarding and challenging career with CAL FIRE!

Special Requirements

TAU applicants are encouraged to apply.

What is TAU? TAU appointments to this classification are made under temporary authorization. In accordance with the California State Constitution, no person may serve in one or more positions under a temporary appointment longer than 9 months in 12 consecutive months. Therefore, all time served in temporary appointments (for example, CAL FIRE's Firefighter I) during the 12 consecutive month period will count towards this 9 month maximum. An employee gains no status or rights as a result of the TAU appointment and an employee who has had only a TAU appointment has no reinstatement eligibility. Persons who do not possess the minimum qualifications for the classification are ineligible for appointment as a TAU. 
Temporary Appointments will require eligibility to be obtained through an examination process in order to transition to a permanent appointment.

If you are offered and accept a TAU appointment, you will be required to take the next exam administered for this classification.  If you do not apply to take the exam, score too low to be in a reachable rank, OR if you fail the test, your TAU appointment will be terminated within 48 hours of the exam results being released.


Pursuant to California Penal Code 4571, any individual interested in seeking employment that requires working with inmates at a conservation camp must disclose of any prior felony status up front, so CALFIRE/CDCR can provide informed consent to a former felon to be on the conservation camp/prison grounds. Any person/employee who has been convicted of a felony, and has not received written consent, is committing a felony.


Positions located at a Camp or requiring the supervision of inmates requires compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.  Compliance is determined by completing a Live Scan prior to appointment and during the course of employment to verify the standards of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 115 Prison Rape Elimination Act National Standards are met.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Temporary Appointments may be considered if conditions warrant. Temporary Appointments may be made to anyone regardless of eligibility. Temporary Appointments may not exceed 9 months and will require eligibility to be obtained through an examination process in order to transition to a permanent appointment.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other -

    Authorization to Release Information Form (PO-299) : This form may be found at

  • Other -

    Copy of the front and back of a valid driver's license of the appropriate class by the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

  • Other - Copy of the front and back of a current Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) card issued by a California County Health Officer. 
  • Other - Copy of a valid Cal-JAC CPAT card. 
  • Other - A Fire Fighter II (Paramedic) work location form. This can be found here:
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


FFII(P) (1755)

This classification is eligible for the following pay:


$4255 - $5515 Base Salary (paid every month)

$2238 - $2988 Extended Duty Week Compensation (paid every 4 weeks)

$250 - $6000 Paramedic Bonus (paid every November; amount based on months worked)

$83,154 – $111,024 Annual Compensation


In addition to the above pay items, employees are eligible for medical benefits (health, dental, vision) and may be eligible for other pay differentials.

Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Amanda Bryant
(559) 243-8995

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator
(916) 767-8359
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Special Filing Instructions


All interested applicants must complete and submit the following application package. *You only need to submit one application package to be considered for Permanent and Limited Term positions statewide.

(1) State Application (Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) (Rev. 7/2019)
(2) Resume
) Authorization to Release Information Form (PO 299)
(4) Fire Fighter II-Paramedic Work Location Form
(5) California Paramedic license (EMT-P)
(6) California Joint Apprenticeship Committee Candidate Physical Ability Test (Cal-JAC CPAT) Card
(7) Front and back of a valid driver's license

Acceptable Documents:


If you do not have one of the required documents listed above, please indicate this in the "Bypass" section when asked to upload that document.

*BU8 In-Class reassignments shall follow the BU8 Section 9.2 to be considered. BU8 In-Class reassignments need not submit an application in accordance with this advertisement.

To update your previously submitted Work Location Form preferences, or to submit an application package by mail, please send the appropriate documents to the following address:
CAL FIRE - Southern Region Headquarters
Attention: FIRE FIGHTER II (Paramedic) HIRING
1234 E. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

To obtain an Examination Employment Application Form STD 678, go to the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at:

Application package  (items identified above or Items #1 - #7) must be postmarked no later than the final filing date to be considered.

Additional Information

As stated on the application, your original signature certifies that the information entered on your application is true and complete to the best of your knowledge under penalty of perjury. For this reason, application packages will be accepted only by mail, dropped off in person, and electronically through your CalCareers account, and not by FAX or email.

Failure to complete and sign any portion of the required application package may result in disqualification from the hiring process.

If you submit an electronic application package and need to amend any documents submitted, please only submit the corrected document(s) by mail and not the entire application package by the final filing date.

Hires may be made in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, The City and County of San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba.

Candidates may be selected by resume review.

Candidates are encouraged to have a valid Cal-JAC CPAT prior to job offers.

Please note, there is no longer a "three decline rule" relating to the number of times that an applicant can decline a job offer. Declining a job offer will not affect a candidates list status.

- The Cal-JAC CPAT Card of Completion, issued by the Cal-JAC CPAT program to candidates who pass the Cal-JAC-administered CPAT, is the sole CPAT card accepted by CAL FIRE as evidence of successful completion of pre-employment physical ability assessment. 

- Applicants selected for positions are placed in an apprenticeship program. Permanent appointments are conditional upon successful completion of the training program.

- Applicants must pass medical clearances under the Respiratory Protection Program.

The Bargaining Unit 8 (BU8) Memorandum of Understanding regarding Voluntary In-Class Reassignment Policy (Inter-Unit) (Section 9.2) will be followed. Reassignments may require a two-year commitment and successful completion of the JAC program before you will be considered for inter-unit transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.