Capt Craig Freeman

Canyon Lake Fire Dept. Ca. – Firefighter / Paramedic


City of Canyon Lake is accepting applications for

Firefighter /Paramedic

$55,461.00 – $67,399.71 Per Year (DOQ)

First Review: June 22, 2022

The City of Canyon Lake is seeking qualified men and women for the position of Firefighter /Paramedic. This recruitment is to fill one available position and establish a current employment eligibility list of qualified candidates. Under the direction of a Fire Captain, as both a Firefighter and a Paramedic assigned to a 48-hour shift, perform the following duties: responds to fire, medical, environmental, hazardous material, weather and disaster related emergencies; initiates emergency care to the sick and/or injured patients; renders first aid and lifesaving techniques; engages in fire prevention, suppression, and salvage activities; performs inspection and code enforcement activities; conducts public education session regarding fire/emergency/disaster practices and procedures; maintains fire station; drives Fire Department equipment; attends instruction sessions related to the job; participates in a variety of training exercises; and performs other special projects or other related duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Education equivalent to graduation from High School – Associates Degree preferred.

• Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record plus the ability to obtain a Firefighter’s Endorsement license prior to the end of probation.

• Possession of a valid California State Paramedic License and be able to obtain Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency accreditation by time of appointment, including a current American Heart Association Health Care Professional/BLS card or equivalent.

• Graduation from a Fire Academy which meets California state requirements for Firefighter I certification or one-year as a full-time paid Firefighter with a municipal, state, or federal all-risk fire agency. Experience with a Paramedic provider agency is desired.

• Possession of Hazardous Materials FRO, ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700, IS-800, Low Angle Rope Rescue, S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior, S-130 Firefighter Training, Auto Extrication, and Fire Control 3 certifications.

• Valid Firefighters Physical Ability Test (current within one-year of application closing date).

Salary and Benefits:

• Salary range:             $55,461.00 to $67,399.71.

• Holiday pay:              3.91% added to hourly rate (equivalent to twelve 9.5-hour days).

• Health Insurance:   City provides up to $1,000 a month for medical, dental, and vision plans.

• FLSA Pay:                  Fair Labor Standards Act pay.

• Life Insurance:         $50,000 for employee only.

• Medicare:                  City pays 1.4% of employee’s salary into Medicare

• Leave:                         96 hours of sick leave and 96 hours of vacation annually.

• Retirement:               City paid contribution of 7.5% with employee match of 7.5%. This is a defined contribution plan and not Cal PERS.

• Schedule:                   48/96-hour shift schedule (approximately 10 shifts per month)


About the Community
Canyon Lake is a private, gated community located halfway between Lake Elsinore and Sun City, California. With a current population just over 11,000 residents, this recreation oriented community also has the distinction of being a fully governed city.

While the city is small, it is one of the most unique because it is one of the five gated cities in all of California. Within its borders lie Canyon Lake reservoir with 15 miles of winding shoreline, campgrounds, parks, and residential communities.


About the Fire Department

Canyon Lake has about 800 emergency incidents per year, an average of just over two emergency responses per day, the statement said. Of those, approximately 80% are medical related and the city sees an average of about four to six structure fires a year.

The city’s new fire department launched Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, after decades of contracting with Riverside County for fire protection.

The Canyon Lake Fire Department will include three fire engines, two chief command vehicles, and 12 full-time personnel — including a fire chief, battalion chief, three captains, three engineers, three firefighter-paramedics and administrative staff.

Two of the three fire engines are new, one for structure fires and one for wildland fires, officials said. The city already owns the fire engine and equipment at the former Riverside County Station 60, which will be renamed Canyon Lake Station 1. A new sign will be installed at the building on Vacation Drive on Monday, Jan. 3.


About You

Application and Selection Procedure:

To be considered further in the hiring process, all applicants are required to complete the NTN FireTEAM exam. NTN FireTEAM test scores are considered valid with City of Canyon Lake if obtained between June 1, 2021 – June 1, 2022.

NTN Instructions

The Canyon Lake Fire Department offers full testing services for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic
through National Testing Network (NTN).

To register with NTN and schedule a test, go to National Testing Network, select ‘Find Jobs’,
then select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for Canyon Lake Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic

When you visit the National Testing Network website:
• Complete the NTN registration process and schedule your test.
• Review all information related to the Canyon Lake Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic position, including minimum requirements, salary, and benefits.
• Review detailed information about the testing process.
• Review the Frequently Asked Questions and take an online practice test (if desired).

Upon completion of your scheduled exam, scores are automatically forwarded to the Canyon Lake Fire Department. Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam will be placed on eligibility list. The Canyon Lake Fire Department will accept previous test scores that are within one year of June 1st, 2022. The Canyon Lake Fire Department will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to participate in further stages of the selection process.

Applicants must submit a copy of the following documents with a completed City employment application:

• Certificate of completion from a California State Fire Marshal approved Fire Academy and/or Firefighter I certificate issued by the State of California Fire Marshal.

• Copy of State of California License for Paramedic or written proof of completion of a California state approved Paramedic training program by time of appointment.

• Copy of current American Heart Association Health Care Professional/BLS card or equivalent.

• Copy of current American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card.

• Copy of proof of completion of a valid Firefighters Physical Ability Testing (current within one-year of application closing date).

• All other certifications listed under minimum qualifications.


The application may be filled out online at with attachments sent to Applications may also be mailed to Human Resources, City of Canyon Lake, 31516 Railroad Canyon Road, Canyon Lake, CA 92587. Note: Do not submit book-bound material or submit materials such as letters of recommendations, portfolios, or original certificates. These materials may be requested at a later date but will not be considered in the initial phase of selection testing.


All applications received by the final filing date will be reviewed. Those applicants considered highly qualified will be invited to selection testing which may include, but not limited to, a written test, an oral interview(s), and practical exercises. All testing will have an established pass point. Conditional Offer of Employment is contingent upon a candidate completing the following with acceptable results: A local police records check, including driving record review; verification of employment history; and background investigation. Prior to placement in a position, an employee must complete a pre-placement medical examination and drug test to determine fitness for duty.


The City of Canyon Lake reserves the right to consider the candidates who best overall meets the qualifications and suitability of the position in the succeeding examination processes: experience and training evaluation, testing and/or interviews.


The provision of this job announcement does not constitute a contract expressed or implied, and any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice.


The City of Canyon Lake is an Equal Opportunity Employer: The City of Canyon Lake is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws.


Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process, or those needed a job announcement in another format, may call (951) 246-2023 or email In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City of Canyon Lake will provide reasonable accommodations for testing to applicants with disabilities, if requested. A written request that includes the accommodation needed is required at time of application.

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