Recruitment #1708-6411-001


The City of Tucson hereby announces the 2017 Paramedic Promotional Examination. This examination will establish a two-year Civil Service Promotional List. Candidates placed on the Promotional List must have at least one year of service remaining as of the date they are eligible for promotion in order to be selected from the List.

General Description

A Paramedic provides basic and advanced life support and emergency medical service and performs fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency response activities. Additional tasks include maintaining the station and equipment and performing related administrative functions.

Essential Functions

Responds to emergency medical calls by performing patient assessment, administering medical treatment and life support, loading and transporting patients to the hospital, and completing required reports and documentation, in accordance with department policy.

Performs essential incident command system functions by establishing rehab sector and medical sectors, triage, treatment, and transport. Responds to emergency fire calls and performs fire suppression duties by securing the scene, identifying and containing hazardous materials, setting up, carrying and utilizing equipment, searching for and rescuing occupants, removing obstacles, ventilating structures, salvaging contents and applying extinguishing agents to fires.

Maintains facilities and equipment by cleaning the station house interior, inspecting and maintaining vehicles and equipment, and maintaining and inventorying medical supplies.

Continues education by participating in drills and classes, teaching life support skills, meeting re-certification requirements and maintaining physical fitness.

Performs related duties by performing fire code violation building inspections, inspecting hydrants, providing information to the public, installing smoke detectors, conducting station tours, visiting schools, and complying with all procedures as outlined in department manuals and by management.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years as a Fire Fighter with TFD as of October 7, 2017

Valid and Unrestricted Class D Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Uniformed members of Tucson Fire Department

Completed two years (24 months) of continuous service as a Fire Fighter with the Tucson Fire Department as of October 7, 2017. Continuous service is computed from your most recent hire/rehire date.

Fire Department Paramedic Certification

Arizona Fire Fighter I and II Certification

HazMat First Responder Certification

Arizona Department of Health Services Paramedic Certification

Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation Certification

Selection Plan

Oral Board Interview

Oral board interviews will take place on October 25, 2017, at Fire Central, Room 280.


Candidates without a formal degree will receive one point for every credit successfully completed at an accredited University, College, or Junior College, as shown on the institutions transcript, up to a maximum of 60 points. Candidates with an Associate's degree or greater will receive 70 points. Official/unofficial transcripts, or copies of transcripts, will be accepted as verification of education. All applicants are responsible for submitting online the educational documents no later than 1159PM on October 7, 2017 in order to receive credit and the points associated with their education. Applicants having trouble uploading their documents should contact Fire-HR immediately prior to the closing date and email the documents to the Fire HR contacts. Applicants who fail to submit such documents by 1159PM on the closing date of October 7, 2017 will receive zero points for their education. No exceptions will be made.

Fire-HR contact information: JoAnn Acosta 520-837-7008 or Cynthia Serrano 520-837-7020; fax 520-791-2617 or email.


Based upon total months of continuous commissioned service with the Tucson Fire Department; computed from the academy start date. Seniority will be limited to 60 months calculated through  October 7, 2017.


Evaluation components of this promotional exam will be scored in the following manner:

Oral board: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 90% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.

Education: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.

Seniority: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.


Scores will not be released until the testing process is complete and the promotional list is established on October 31, 2017.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call (520) 837-7008 at least 48 hours prior to the examination.

Eligible candidates who will be on active military duty during any of the examination dates are encouraged to contact Fire Human Resources at the numbers listed above at the time of application or as soon as possible thereafter.

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.