Capt Craig Freeman

Visalia Fire Department California


Visalia Fire Department
Visalia, California

is accepting applications for


Salary: $75,482.64 – $94,713.12 Annually
Closing  5/23/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

The Visalia Fire Department is recruiting for Firefighter Paramedic. Click here to review the recruitment announcement.
Examples of Duties
Department and Position
The Fire Department has 75 sworn employees who staff six fire stations with five engines and two trucks covering 37.5 square miles. The stations are staffed 24/7 by dedicated and well trained personnel who work a 48/96 shift schedule.This position is involved in providing fire suppression, rescue, and non-transport, Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency medical services.  Selected individuals will also integrate with the team to accomplish overall department objectives including training, station maintenance, public education, and fire prevention.
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Qualifications / Requirements
Desired Qualifications Include

  • Graduation from high school or G.E D.
  • Graduation from an accredited Firefighter Academy by time of appointment.
  • Six months full-time paid work experience and/or one year reserve/volunteer service in fire suppression is desirable.
  • CSFM Firefighter 1 certification within one year of appointment.
  • Possession of California or National Registry Paramedic Certification by time of appointment. Local CCEMSA accreditation within three (3) months of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s license. Firefighter endorsement within one year of appointment.
  • Possession of valid ACLS and CPR certifications by time of appointment. PALS certification within three (3) months of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid *Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) certificate. Must be dated within one (1) year of the filing date.

*All candidates must possess a valid CPAT prior to being considered for hire.  The process of obtaining the certificate takes approximately eight (8) weeks. For information about the process and CPAT testing locations and dates, visit the California Fire Foundation website   Information regarding financial assistance can be found on the website or by calling (877) 648-2728.   

Additional Information
Selection Process
Application and supplemental materials will be evaluated and applicants who appear to be most qualified will be invited to participate in a job related interview and/or practical examination process.  Successful candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive background investigation, physical examination, and/or drug screen.
Compensation and Benefits
The City of Visalia offers a competitive total compensation package that includes:
Monthly Salary: $6,290-$7,893
CalPERS Retirement Program
Annual Tuition Assistance up to $1,500
Certification Incentives for CSFM Company Officer (3%) and Chief Fire Officer (2%)
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
Onsite City Health and Wellness Clinic (no out of pocket expenses)
Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick Leave and much more…Review the Benefits tab for more information.

Community Overview
If work-life balance is important to you, consider living in a thriving community that offers the most affordable housing in California with a typical commute time of less than 20 minutes. With a population of over 138,000, Visalia offers small town charm with metropolitan amenities.  Visalia has a world class health care system, our own Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, a flourishing arts community, a minor league baseball team, a downtown convention center, and numerous fine dining establishments.

As the Tulare County seat, Visalia is the principal retail center in the region, and home to several large industrial employers. Visalia has a vibrant downtown district, safe neighborhoods, excellent schools, institutions for higher learning, and low cost of living.  The City has many community parks, organized team sports, a municipal golf course and private country club, a multi-sport family-oriented regional sports park, and numerous outdoor and recreational activities.

Located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Visalia offers easy access to the nearby mountains, national parks, lakes and rivers which provide year-round opportunities for sports and recreation within an hour or less. Visalia was ranked as the top Central Valley community and one of seven California cities in the top 25 of Gallup Sharecare’s latest State of American Well Being Index. Our strong sense of community and social well-being keeps Visalians happy, healthy and moving forward.  Come discover all Visalia has to offer!

The City of Visalia is an equal opportunity employer.    visalia

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