Firefighter/Paramedic City of Farmers Branch, TX City of Farmers Branch, TX 3 reviews

Position Summary

The City of Farmers Branch is currently seeking candidates for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic.

The Farmers Branch Fire Department works a 24 on/48 off schedule and provides fire, rescue, and paramedic ambulance service from three fire stations to a residential population of 40,100. The City’s day time population expands to 75,000 + as Farmers Branch is a prime business location with the DFW Metroplex.

There are 78 firefighters assigned to Operations, with a minimum shift strength of 20 that staff 2 Paramedic Engines, 1 Paramedic Quint, 1 Paramedic Truck, 3 MICU Ambulances, and 1 Battalion Chief.

The City is extremely supportive of Public Safety. The Fire Department has an ISO Class 1 rating and operates a modern fleet of fire apparatus and ambulances that are equipped with state of the art tools and technology.

In 2007 a new Fire Administration/Fire Station #3 was constructed on the City’s West side, in 2012 new Fire Station #1 was opened in the City’s central residential district, and in 2020 a new Fire Station #2 was opened.

Farmers Branch is the home to the 8,000+ square foot Joint Fire Training Center and was built and is operated in partnership with the Addison, Carrollton and Coppell Fire Departments. It is 6 floors in height and has 5 gas-fire burned rooms along with multiple forcible entry and confined space training props.

Applications must be received using our online application system.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Submitting a resume in lieu of completing all questions will deem the application as incomplete and will disqualify the candidate from further consideration.

The City of Farmers Branch will conduct ongoing screenings of applications. As soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this recruitment may close without notice after a three business day minimum posting.

Essential Job Functions

This position fights fires and handles firefighting equipment as directed by the officer in charge; performs extinguishment, rescue, ventilation, salvage, and overhaul functions; performs basic and/or advanced life support activities tied to supporting the department’s EMS program; will ride on Fire Department apparatus and ambulances.

The firefighter, in the absence of a regularly appointed Driver, may be selected to assume
those roles including all responsibilities associated with the assignment. They participate in all department training activities and company level drills, and attend outside training classes as directed by the department. Keeps all assigned equipment and fire station clean and in a state of readiness.

Education and Experience

To be considered for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic:

  • Complete an on-line application thoroughly and accurately. Complete all information as requested. “See Resume” will not be accepted as an answer and will deem the application as incomplete.
  • Must be at least the age of 18.
  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Have a valid Texas Commission on Fire Protection Basic Firefighter Certification or equivalent (IFSAC Seal FF1 and FF2)
  • Have a valid Texas Department of State Health Services Paramedic Certification or National Registry Paramedic Certification, or be within 90 days of completion of a paramedic training program at time of application.
  • Have a current, valid driver’s license with a good driving record (no more than 3 citations/accidents within the last 3 years; no DWI/DUI convictions within the past 7 years)
  • If applicable, an honorable discharge from the military
  • Must complete a personality and reasoning assessment
  • Must complete and pass a Physical Agility Test. Test date to be determined.
  • If selected, must be available for Panel interviews and Fire Chief interviews.
  • If selected as a final candidate, must pass a pre-employment drug screen, polygraph test, psychological exam, criminal background check, and physical exam.


Candidates must upload the following documents as attachments to their application:

  • High School Diploma or GED transcripts: College transcripts if applicable
  • Paramedic certification
  • Firefighter certification
  • Applications will be considered as incomplete if applicable documents are not uploaded to the application.

For questions and/or assistance, please send an email to: [email protected]

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Team oriented. Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and the general public; ability to remain calm in stressful situations; ability to read, speak, and understand English. Ability to distinguish colors.
Exposure to dust, flames and smoke in the suppression of fires; physical demands require considerable physical effort with heavy lifting (over 100 lbs.) carrying, pushing, reaching crawling. Requires heavy muscular effort with resulting fatigue of arms, legs, back or sensory facilities.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be able to pass a physical agility standard, medical exam and a detailed background investigation. This position is subject to call back to duty.

Must meet the Fire Department's annual Fit for Duty Standard.

Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, polygraph test, psychological exam, criminal background check, and physical exam.

This position is classified as a safety-sensitive position and is subject to random drug and alcohol testing during the course of employment.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:

Valid driver's license with good driving record and ability to maintain while employed.

Valid Texas Commission on Fire Protection Certified Basic Firefighter Certification or equivalent (IFSAC Seal FF1 and FF2).

Valid Texas Department of State Health Services Paramedic Certification or National Registry Paramedic Certification.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Exposure to dust, flames and smoke in the suppression of fires; physical demands require considerable physical effort with heavy lifting (over 100 lbs.) carrying, pushing, reaching crawling. Requires heavy muscular effort with resulting fatigue of arms, legs, back or sensory facilities.

They're not just traditional!

On the first day of employment, full-time employees are eligible for the basics, which are:
  • Health Insurance (HSAs with City match)
  • Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance options
  • Dependent and Medical Expense Reimbursement Accounts
  • Retirement through Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS)
  • Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Flexible hours and schedules (not all jobs, but many with nine-day two week work periods!)
  • Award winning wellness programs with insurance premium discounts for participants
  • Free flu shots

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