Firefighter-Paramedic Lateral

Requires one year firefighter experience

Recruitment #06-F04-001


Do you have at least one year of comparable firefighting experience AND a paramedic license? Consider a rewarding career with the City of Ventura, and apply on-line today!

The Ventura Fire Department is comprised of six fire stations that serve an area of approximately twenty square miles.  The Department is staffed by 73 sworn and 27 non-sworn personnel in four Divisions: Administration, Operations, Fire Prevention, and Building and Safety.  Last year, the Fire Department responded to over 10,000 fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and rescue calls.  The department takes pride in its team-oriented working environment, and genuine commitment to serve the community.

Note: Applications are being accepted and reviewed continuously. 


Under general supervision, performs emergency medical services as a certified paramedic for an assigned engine company and performs various fire service duties including fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials operations, station and equipment maintenance, fire prevention, public education and performing related duties as required. Must work 24-hour shifts including weekends and holidays.


Participates in fire suppression and rescue operations; participates in drills and training activities as required; assists in the maintenance and operation of departmental facilities and apparatus, participates in physical fitness maintenance programs; assists in inspections of structures for conformance with fire and life safety laws and regulations; responds to citizen questions and complaints regarding fire and life safety laws and regulations; participates in special assignments and projects as assigned; provides fire and life safety education programs; performs inspections and enforcement assignments for fire prevention.


Performs emergency medical service to ensure that all protocols as approved by Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency concerning emergency medical care are followed; evaluate the extent and seriousness of injuries for medical emergencies, administer first aid and take emergency action to supply oxygen and apply life support techniques, care for and transport individuals to medical facilities; operate a resuscitator and other rescue equipment; converse with medical experts and use medical terminology to apply emergency first aid. Trains staff on basic and advanced lifesaving techniques.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to one year of firefighting experience with a comparable fire agency and possession of the following:


License/Certification required at time of application:

  • A current California Paramedic license (EMT-P) AND a current CPR certification.

License/Certification required prior to hire (as part of conditional offer of employment):

  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license with an acceptable driving record. 
  • A current and valid Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) OR Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP) certification must be obtained prior to hire date and maintained continuously while employed as a Firefighter-Paramedic.
  • A current and valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification must be obtained prior to hire date and maintained continuously while employed as a Firefighter-Paramedic.
  • Possession of Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) certificate must be obtained prior to hire date with the certificate dated within the prior 12-month period.


License/Certification required within one-year probationary period of employment:

  • Incumbent is required to obtain and thereafter maintain a Ventura County Paramedic Level II certification, and a current and valid California Firefighter Class B driver’s license with required endorsements.  A California Firefighter Class A driver’s license may be required depending on specialty or station assignment.

Physical Requirement:  Must be physically capable of performing all tasks required of a Ventura Firefighter-Paramedic including rigorous activities associated with emergency operations, and meet California Department of Motor Vehicle visual acuity standards necessary to maintain required licenses.  Fitness will initially be determined by possession of a Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) certificate, and ability to pass a medical evaluation. Residency Requirement: By the end of the 12 month probationary period, incumbent must maintain as a permanent residence, and regularly reside at, a residence that is located within 60 minutes travel time from the Ventura Fire Department Administrative Offices. Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States. Background Check:  Requires the ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation, which may include polygraph and psychological examinations.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination including drug-screening will be conducted.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation: The City will contribute up to $168 per year in a 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: $191 monthly towards a selection of plans.

Optional Benefits: $402 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums, or taken as cash, payable biweekly.

Vision Insurance: Provided for employees and their dependents.

Life Insurance: $10,000 term life insurance for employees.

Retirement: Employees are covered by CalPERS in the “2% @ 50” with “Single Highest Year” retirement formula (9% reported as compensation). The City pays the employee's CalPERS’ contribution.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Vacation: 4.70 hours accrued semi-monthly, increasing to 9.33 hours semi-monthly after 15 years. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Holidays: 134.4 hours per year (11.2 hours per month.).

Sick Leave: 5.60 hours accrued semi-monthly.

Tuition Reimbursement: $1,500 per year for tuition and books.

Personal Computer: An interest-free loan for a personal computer is available.

Direct Deposit:Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts.

Uniform Allowance: $485 per year.

Wellness Program: A comprehensive citywide program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Process

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire as soon as possible. This recruitment may close at any time. You will not need to submit copies of license/certifications or training at this time.  The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at  If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours.  Paper applications may be mailed or hand delivered to City Hall at 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002.

You will be required to bring a copy of your current EMT-P license and Healthcare Provider CPR certification if you are invited to a Department Selection Interview. If selected for hire, you will be required to submit a copy of your current PALS or PEPP, ACLS and CPAT prior to your date of hire.   Please do not submit copies of any license, certification or training with your application. 

NOTE:  After you apply, all future correspondence from the City will be via E-Mail.  Please check your messages regularly and be sure to update the contact information contained in your on-line application. You may wish to set your email spam filter to accept email from

DEPARTMENT SELECTION INTERVIEWS: Candidates meeting the minimum requirements of this position will have their names certified to the eligibility list and forwarded to the Fire Department for department selection interviews. You will be required to bring copies of your valid EMT-P and Healthcare Provider CPR certification at that time. 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance, please contact Human Resources at (805) 654-7853 or TDD to (805) 654-7766. EOE



Certification may be obtained from any CPAT Testing Center certified by the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) including those listed below.  Contact testing centers directly for testing dates and times.  This certificate is required prior to date of hire.

Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy - Camarillo, CA (805)384-8110 Website:

CPAT Testing Center - Orange, CA (877)648-CPAT  Website: