Capt Craig Freeman

FIREMEDIC/PARAMEDIC – The North Port Fire Rescue District (FL)

North Port Fire Rescue District (FL) is accepting apps for  FIREMEDIC/PARAMEDIC Apply Immediately. Salary $38,646.02 annually.  For details about this career and over 3,500 other fire departments looking to hire firefighters Join today…  Fill out your PROFILE and get access to thousands of career firefighter recruitment’s across the Country.  FREE 7 Day Pass


The North Port Fire Rescue District (FL)

is accepting applications for:


Job Title: Firemedic/Paramedic
Apply By:   Apply Immediately Open until filled
Salary: $38,646.02/Year
Job Type: Full Time
Location: North Port, Florida
Department: Fire Rescue Department

The North Port Fire Rescue District is adding six (6) new positions for Firefighter/Paramedic to start January 2017.  North Port Fire Rescue (NPFR) provides full time fire and emergency services response and protection for the largest City in Sarasota County.  Currently there are 81 line personnel (including Battalion Chiefs, Lieutenants, Firefighter/Paramedics, and Firefighter/EMT’s) and 11 administrative personnel, covering 104 square miles with a population just over 65,000, from 5 fire stations.  Our daily line staffing covers, 1 ALS Engine, Two BLS Engines, Two ALS Quints, One Tanker (Tender), Four ALS Rescues (Ambulances), and one Battalion Chief.NPFR is an ISO 1/1y full service department with Fire Prevention, Suppression, ALS Emergency Services, Technical Rescue Response, and Automatic and Mutual Aid responses to surrounding areas/departments.  Our Mission is to “Provide Exceptional Public Safety Services in a Safe, Compassionate, and Professional Manner”. 

Competitive benefits include:

  • Starting pay of $38,646 annual plus $8,475 annual paramedic differential available upon release as a charge medic for a total of $47,121 annual salary (including FLSA overtime).  Typical precepting time to charge medic status is 90 days.  Current top out salary for Firefighter/Paramedic is $70,070 including FLSA overtime.
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance for employee, spouse, and family (Portion of City coverage is dependent upon employee elections).
  • Florida Retirement System (FRS).
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • Department provided annual Life Scan physical evaluation in accordance with NFPA 1582.
  • Training opportunities and Career Advancement Opportunities.
  • Travel opportunities for Training and/or Committee Involvement.
  • Tuition reimbursement for College.
  • Service Awards and Employee Recognition Awards.
  • Ability to trade up to ten (10) shifts per quarter.
  • Paid Days Off (PDO) (Universal Leave) time accrues at 372 hours per year to start (15.5 shifts).
  • Bereavement leave, Military Leave, Personal Days.
  • Additional PDO accruals of 48 hours possible as a sick-leave incentive (12 hours per quarter).
  • Ability to convert 120 hours of PDO to salary paid once per year at overtime rate with the ability to sell back an additional 120 hours at straight time. (Parameters outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement). 
  • Growing Department with Rapidly Growing City (Top Ten Cities for Job Growth- Forbes Magazine, Aug. 2016).

To be considered for employment as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of North Port, please follow these steps:

Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Fire Team and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to and click Firefighter jobs. Select the department and read over all requirements and if qualified select a testing location on the CPAT icon on the main page of the website and then follow the instructions.

Complete the required City of North Port application at (or through Employment applications are not accepted until both CPAT and Fire Team are successfully completed. All information provided on your application (as well as in all other phases of the employment process) must be true, current, accurate and without omission.

Submit your supporting documents. Your application will not be complete until you submit legible copies of each of the following documents. Applications are not process until all required documents have been electronically attached to your application. Documents must be uploaded BEFORE submitting the applications. Supporting documents cannot be uploaded once the application had been submitted. Supporting Documents:

  • Valid Florida Driver’s License
  • Valid Paramedic License issue by the State of Florida
  • Valid State of State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance/Minimum Standards
  • CPR card- can be provided later
  • ACLS card- can be provided later

Candidates should not contact the department directly. Please direct all questions to NTN Customer Support.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Performs skilled work in fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, inspection and training.  This is a progressive apprenticeship position in accordance with the North Port Fire Rescue District Apprenticeship Fire Medic Program.

 Essential Job Functions:
DUTIES:  Respond to public emergencies involving fire and/or other medical emergencies in the capacity of a Firefighter/Paramedic. Performs work in a safe and efficient manner compliant with City and District rules, regulations, policies and procedures; promotes the well-being of himself/herself, the City and others through participation in external and internal District programs; knowledgeable and responsible for the application and practical use of the rules, regulations, general orders, standard operating guidelines and general functions (Mission Statement) of the District. (These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related duties as assigned, including City-directed work assignments in the event of a declared emergency.)
QUALIFICATIONS:  In addition to the requirements listed in the Licenses and Certificates section, graduation from an accredited high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma is required. Progressive knowledge and application of firefighting and emergency medical skills; ability to understand and carry out verbal and/or written instructions promptly, effectively, and efficiently under varied and difficult conditions; ability to establish and maintain effective working skills and knowledge; ability to read, write and interpret English (Documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, policy and procedure manuals); ability to speak, interpret and convey effectively, in English, before groups of customers or employees of organization; ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry; ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, formulas, dosages, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume; ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations; computer literate – must possess the skills necessary to use word processing type programs and basic computer operations.Qualifying on pre-employment requirements may include clinical knowledge and skills evaluation; oral review panel; acceptable driving record; drug screening and medical evaluation; and background checks. Work schedule is shift work and will include evenings, weekends and holidays; rotating shifts.
 Education, Experience, Licenses and Certifications:
CERTIFICATES/LICENSES/REGISTRATIONS:  Possession of a valid driver’s license, and the ability to obtain a valid Florida driver’s license by date of hire; valid Paramedic or EMT license issued by the State of Florida; State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance/Minimum Standards; valid CPR card; valid ACLS card (Paramedics); successfully passing the National Testing Network (NTN) administered Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) within the past 12 months; other certifications as mandated by the City, Medical Director and/or State of Florida.ANNUAL SALARY:     $38,646.02 (includes 323 hours of overtime per FLSA) (Hourly: $12.5413)

PARAMEDIC DIFFERENTIAL:   $8,475.50 (annual) =$2.75/hour Paramedic incentive pay upon successful department field EMS training and approval by the Medical Director and Fire Chief

FIRST YEAR ENDING SALARY: $47,121 (includes 323 hours of overtime per FLSA).

Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Fire Team and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to

Contact Information: Human Resources at (941) 429-7200.

Offer of employment shall be made contingent upon a satisfactory employment physical, drug test, driver’s license check, criminal history check and any other background check required. M/H/F/V EOE ADA.

Full testing services for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic are available through National Testing Network, Inc.  To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to

What to expect at the website:

  • Completion of the application process
  • Review all information related to North Port Fire Rescue’s firefighter position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.

Candidates who attain a passing score on both the entry level exam and the physical abilities test will be considered to advance to the next phase of the recruiting process.  The City of North Port Human Resources Department will contact top placing candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the selection process.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of North Port’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process.  All candidate results are provided to the Department where the final decisions are made.


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