Job Title
City of Mount Vernon
$5,932 to $7,234
1 week ago
Last Updated
6 days ago
Application Closes
Paramedic Firefighter
Contact Information

Please apply online at: www.mountvernonwa.gov.  Interested applicants must submit a resume with their application.  

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Job Description

Under the direction of a Company Officer, performs duties relating to the protection of life and property through fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention and community education activities, and provides advanced life support care to the sick and injured.

Work includes responding to and mitigating emergency situations or natural conditions that pose a threat to life or property; and driving and operating fire apparatus and vehicles.  Individual also perform duties in the following areas:  apparatus, equipment, and hydrant inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair; facility maintenance and repair; fire prevention inspections and code enforcement; public education; fire investigation; and training activities.

This position requires frequent and routine contact with others within the Department, the public, and other agencies; requires good communication skills, teamwork, tact, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Because this classification is directly involved with the activities of emergency response, fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, and training, there is a high degree of exposure to physical hazards.


  • Performs hazardous tasks for long periods of time under emergency conditions of high stress; strenuous physical exertion under such conditions as heights, wet and/or cramped surroundings, hot/smoky environments, and limited visibility.  
  • Performs fire suppression activities including rescue, operation of fire streams from within or outside a burning structure; ventilation activities; salvage; laying and connecting hoses and nozzles, raising and climbing ladders; and other related tasks using tools and equipment as required.
  • Drives and operates fire apparatus, including pumpers, ladder trucks, rescue trucks, ambulances, and other emergency and support vehicles.
  • Develops and maintains effective fire streams.
  • Performs the delivery of emergency medical services, which may include emergency transport functions.
  • Performs the delivery of hazardous materials, biohazard, and weapons of mass destruction response activities within the scope of training, equipment, and policies of the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
  • Performs the delivery of rescue services; which may include vehicle extrication, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, water rescue, and rescue from damaged or collapsed structures.
  • Performs initial fire cause investigations.
  • Performs additional duties associated with support functions; and other duties that may be required from time to time by a shift, station, or Chief Officer.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of Department goals and objectives, standard operating procedures, rules and regulations, development and management of budgets, and other administrative assignments.
  • Participates in the development and delivery of training programs.  Instructs courses relating to fire protection and emergency medical services.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with City staff, employees, volunteers, affiliated professionals, business owners, and the public.  Initiates and maintains effective communications with peers, assigned personnel, and administrative personnel, within the chain of command.
  • Performs activities and functions relating to the maintenance of a station, apparatus, equipment, and fire protection and support activities within a response zone.
  • Participates in fire prevention inspections of buildings and premises to ensure compliance of adopted codes, ordinances, and good practices of the Department as directed by the company officer.  Communicates the findings of the fire prevention inspections to the occupant and Fire Marshal. Investigates complaints and inspects requests for open burning.  Observes fire drills.
  • Participates in community education and public relations events such as station tours, fire extinguisher classes, Citizen Emergency Response Team training, block parties, and other events as required by the Department.
  • Prepares and submits appropriate, accurate, and complete reports for alarm responses, training, accidents/injuries/exposure, and other events relating to a company or administrative assignment.
  • Attends meetings, seminars, schools, and/or training sessions as assigned to maintain knowledge of modern fire protection, emergency medical, rescue, hazardous materials response, occupational health and safety, and administrative techniques.


  • Knowledge and the ability to apply modern firefighting, fire prevention, rescue, hazardous materials, and advanced life support emergency medical services techniques.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and the ability to apply the Mount Vernon Fire Department Policies and Procedures and Rules and Regulations.
  • Knowledge and ability to drive and operate fire apparatus, ambulances, and other emergency and support vehicles.
  • Knowledge and ability to develop and maintain effective fire streams.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to implement Skagit County BLS and ALS medical protocols.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and the ability to work cooperatively with others as the leader or member of a service-oriented team.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex written and oral communications.
  • Ability to problem solve, make quick decisions, and use innovative approaches to situations.
  • Knowledge of, and the ability to apply fire codes, laws, and ordinances.
  • Ability to prepare reports, records, and correspondence.
  • Ability to work efficiently under stress and physically demanding conditions.   Must meet the medical and physical requirements specified by the State LEOFF retirement system and the Washington State Fire Training Academy.
  • Ability to perform the physical activities required of firefighting and associated activities.  Must be able to complete the physical ability standards of the Public Safety Testing and the Civil Service Commission.
  • Ability to successfully complete Firefighter 1, Apparatus Operator, and HazMat Operations training.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of application.
  • Graduation from High School or equivalent GED certificate and 90 quarter credit hours of general course studies from an accredited college or university.
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license or be able to obtain one within six months and a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.  Must successfully complete the employer’s driving program.
  • Possess and maintain a Washington State EMT/Paramedic certification or have the ability to obtain within 90 days of hire (two years of experience as a certified Paramedic preferred).
  • Must pass a criminal background investigation.
  • Must meet medical, psychological, and Civil Service requirements.
  • Will be required to pass a Paramedic knowledge exam and skills assessment.
  • Ability to obtain a FF1 certification upon completion of fire academy.
  • Must possess a Public Safety Testing CPAT by hire date.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

A Firefighter/Paramedic position involves heavy work (exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects).  Also subject to extreme heat, noise, physical hazards from fumes, odors, gases, biohazards infectious diseases, hazardous and/or toxic chemicals, broken glass and other sharp objects, structurally damaged buildings, confined spaces, heights, rugged terrain, and stressful situations encountered during firefighting, rescue, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services delivery, or training.  

Work is performed indoors and outdoors; as well as under adverse, extreme, and dangerous conditions.  There is extreme fluctuation of temperature, humidity, footing, and ground conditions; as well as confined spaces and cramped body positions and heights.  Firefighter/Paramedics are intermittently exposed to high noise levels, dusts that may contain biohazards or carcinogens, vibrations, and respiratory irritants.  Locations may by any place that an emergency may exist and could include above ground, underground, and in and around water.

Movement through the application process will be determined by the applicant’s test and interview scores. Not all applicants will progress through the entire procedure. The entire application process will include:

  • Written Civil Service Test on March 12th at Hillcrest Lodge in Mount Vernon Hillcrest Park. A $15 testing fee can be paid over the phone or will be collected at testing site – details will come in Welcome Letter after closing date.
  • Skagit County Paramedic Protocol Written Test
  • Oral Board
  • Tactical Paramedic Exam
  • Chief’s Interview
  • Psychological and Physical Testing
  • Background checks
  • Interview with the Mayor

The approximate date of hire for this positon will be June 2019.