Lateral Firefighter and Entry Level Paramedic and Firefighter Employment – Grand Junction Fire Department

++The description++

The Grand Junction Fire Department is currently recruiting firefighters/paramedics and lateral and entry-level firefighters.

++Wage scale++:

Lateral firefighter/paramedic: $27.37 to $30.80 per hour ($79,701.44 to $89,689.60 per year)

Entry Level Paramedic Firefighter: Academy Pay $22.00 per hour. After graduation from Fire Academy – $27.37 per hour ($79,701.44 per year)

Side fireman: $23.56 to $26.52 per hour ($68,606.72 to $77,266.24 per year)

Novice Firefighter: Academy Pay $20.00 per hour. After graduation from Fire Academy – $23.56 per hour ($68,606.72 per year)

Remuneration based on 2,912 hours per year

++How to register++:

++Side application++__: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/gjcity/jobs/3477204/lateral-firefighter-and-firefighter-paramedic?page=3&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

++Entry-level application++__: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/gjcity/jobs/3476539/firefighter-and-firefighter-paramedic-recruit?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

++About the position:++

Are you looking for a change of pace, a career that makes a difference and a place where you can call home? The Grand Junction Fire Department is experiencing unprecedented growth and we are excited to welcome the next generation of community servants to join our family!

Firefighters and firefighters/paramedics respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, work with their assigned station team to provide basic or advanced patient care and perform fire prevention, extinguishing fire and emergency rescue. The Grand Junction Fire Department has a 48/96 work schedule.

++What we offer:++

We offer an excellent benefits package that supports quality work-life balance, including health and dental insurance, Fire & Pension Association (FPPA) retirement, paid time off, employee health clinic of the city, a wellness program and an employee assistance program. In addition to paid training, you will receive a pay raise after graduating from the fire academy and another raise after completing Mesa County EMS protocols and meeting all performance indicators to operate in as a firefighter or firefighter/paramedic. Equally important, we provide the opportunity to serve the community you love and live in. Our employees find their work rewarding and fulfilling, knowing that their daily work has a positive impact.

++About the Grand Junction Fire Department:++

The Grand Junction Fire Department (GJFD) is the largest career fire department between Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. The GJFD is a self-sufficient organization providing a variety of services for 649 square miles of Mesa County, including structural and vegetation fire suppression, hazmat response, technical rescue, and EMS care for emergency and non-emergency services. emergencies as the region’s ambulance provider.

++About the region:++ Grand Junction, Colorado is the gateway to the mountains and canyons of western Colorado and eastern Utah. Centrally located between Denver, CO (250 miles east) and Salt Lake City, UT (270 miles west), Grand Junction is surrounded by 1.2 million acres of public land. Residents enjoy world-class white-water rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers, golf, fishing, skiing and snowboarding, and explore mountain biking and hiking trails through Colorado National Monument and Colorado National Forest. Great Mesa. Grand Junction has a robust downtown and hosts many arts, music, food and market events each year. With a population of over 150,000 in Mesa County (65,000 within the city limits), we have many of the amenities of big cities without the big city constraints such as traffic and trail congestion. With an average of 245 sunny days, Grand Junction is the perfect place to work and play. To see the Visit Grand Junction website for videos and information about our community.

++What you will do:++

Perform emergency medical services and various firefighting activities to protect life, property and the environment:

  • Provide basic life support (firefighter) or advanced life support (firefighter/paramedic)
  • Respond to calls including fire suppression, traffic collisions, hazmat incidents, building collapses, wildfires, technical rescue and extrication
  • Operate a variety of fire extinguishing and rescue equipment, and perform inspections and maintenance of stations and equipment

See job descriptions for all positions at www.gjcity.org

++Qualifications++

++What we are looking for (sides):++

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a full-time paid position within an all-hazards fire department
  • Firefighter II certification (ProBoard or IFSAC Accredited) or equivalent
  • Hazardous Materials Operations Certification (ProBoard or IFSAC Accredited) or equivalent
  • Driver operator certification (ProBoard or IFSAC accredited) or equivalent
  • Current Colorado driver’s license status or ability to obtain one
  • Current State of Colorado ++ or ++ National Registry EMT or Paramedic Certification.
  • Current CPR card
  • Current ACLS (paramedics only)
  • Current PALS (paramedics only)
  • NWCG Red Card or ability to obtain

++What we are looking for (entry level):++

Firefighter:

  • Colorado EMT certificate OR National Registry EMT certificate by July 18, 2022
  • CPR certificate no later than July 18, 2022

Firefighter/Paramedic:

  • Colorado EMT-P certificate OR National Registry EMT-P certificate by July 18, 2022
  • PALS certificate OR PEPP certificate no later than July 18, 2022
  • ACLS certificate no later than July 18, 2022
  • CPR certificate no later than July 18, 2022

++General (for both positions)++:

  • Minimum vision of 20/40 binocular, corrected with contact lenses or glasses; or binocular 20/100 for wearers of contact lenses or uncorrected glasses.
  • Color perception resulting in the ability to use imaging devices.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be 18 at time of hire.
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check.
  • Candidate Physical Fitness Test (CPAT) certification valid until July 1, 2022.
    • If you do not have current CPAT certification and are selected for initial testing, CPAT orientation/practice sessions and testing will be offered by the Grand Junction Fire Department.

++Important Notice:++

During the application and hiring process, you will be asked to disclose information about your past activities. The below list of Critical Admissions, which ++may++ be cause for disqualification from employment with the Grand Junction Fire Department, is provided to applicants, Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) Technicians and others involved in the recruitment process. It is important that you are completely honest and upfront about this story. While a critical admission may or may not disqualify a candidate from employment, the discovery of misleading or false information provided by the candidate is immediate cause for disqualification.

  • Any investigation or conviction for a crime.
  • Any conviction for a crime of violence, in particular assault, domestic violence, etc.
  • Any conviction for a “hate crime” such as ethnic intimidation.
  • Conviction for perjury.
  • Any conviction for theft, regardless of the value of the item.
  • Theft from current or previous employer.
  • Current drug use (including marijuana) and/or alcohol abuse.
  • An alcohol or drug conviction, including but not limited to DUI/DWAI, depending on recency
  • Hit and run conviction.
  • Being under or having been under driving duress, cancellation, suspension or revocation of driving privileges in Colorado or any other state.

Please note: The critical admissions listed are not the exclusive basis for disqualification. The City reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who may or may not have any or all of the above admissions.

Additional information

++Evaluation process (lateral departures):++

The evaluation process will include the elements below.

  • CPAT physical fitness test or current certification valid until July 1, 2022
  • Oral interview with the jury
  • Firefighter Skills Assessment II
    • 1 FF 24′ ladder run
    • Forced entry
    • Bunker exercise (PPE)
    • To research
  • Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Competency Assessment
    • Written exam
    • Patient assessment/skills
  • Suitability/Psychological Assessment
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA)
  • Fingerprints/Background Investigation
  • Management interview
  • Pre-employment assessment screening for medication, medical and psychological

++Assessment process (entry level):++

The evaluation process will include the elements below.

  • Physical fitness test: click on HERE to see the CPAT video
  • Oral interview with the jury
  • Suitability/Psychological Assessment
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA)
  • Fingerprints/Background Investigation
  • Management interview
  • Pre-employment assessment screening for medication, medical and psychological

***If you are selected to participate in the evaluation process for a firefighter or firefighter/paramedic position, you will be contacted by email. Please check your email regularly to be informed of this recruitment.***

++Tentative CPAT Orientation, Practice and Testing Dates:++

  • May 2, 2022 – Practice 1
  • May 30, 2022 – Practice 2
  • June 27, 2022 – Testing

++Provisional valuation dates:++

++Provisional start date of the Fire Academy:++

_At the City of Grand Junction, we proudly operate as an equal opportunity employer, purposefully creating an inclusive workforce representative of diverse cultures, perspectives and experiences. We believe in respect for all and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability and/or genetic information. _

If you have any questions or need assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please contact our Human Resources office at 970.244.1512.

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