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Firefighter Paramedic or Firefighter EMT, Cathedral City Fire Department, CA

  • National Testing Network
  • 06/07/21
  • US
  • 92234
  • $27.42 - $35.89 / Hourly
  • Full-Time


Cathedral City Fire Department is currently hiring for Firefighter/Paramedic or Firefighter EMT! To be considered further in the hiring process, all candidates are required to complete the NTN FireTEAM exam. All testing must be completed by June 27, 2021. NTN FireTEAM test scores are considered valid with the Cathedral City Fire Department if obtained between the dates of December 27, 2020 June 27, 2021.

All candidates must submit a completed City of Cathedral City application prior to the deadline. That application can be found at

The City of Cathedral City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply

Salary Information:

Firefighter/ EMT - $23.68 - $31.00 / hourly

Firefighter/Paramedic - $27.42 - $35.89 / hourly

Benefits Information:
MERIT INCREASE - 5% merit increase may occur every 12 months until step 5 has been reached; thereafter, every 2 years for a total of 3 2-1/2 % increases.

BILINGUAL PAY: Designated employees shall receive $100 stipend per pay period. Initial certification and annual recertification are required.


5 % FFII Certificate or Fire Officer Certificate from the State of California
5% Degree Certificate must have two (2) years in grade + two (2) courses for Company Officer certification and AS/AA or BA/BS appropriate in Fire Service and/or Public Administration

VACATION ACCRUAL: All employees shall accrue 5.54 hours of vacation credits per pay period. For deduction purposes, one shift off equals 24 hours

SICK LEAVE: All regular full-time employees shall be credited with 7.38 hours per pay period. For the purpose of this section, one day of sick leave equals twenty-four (24) hours.

PAID HOLIDAYS: The City observes 11 paid holidays and 1 Floating Holiday.

PARAMEDIC RECERTIFICATION: The city shall pay the employee an amount of $2300 as full reimbursement for paramedic certification. This benefit applies every two years.

UNIFORM/EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE: Newly hired Firefighters will be provided the initial issue of uniforms by the department and the employee will not be eligible to be paid uniform allowance ($140 per month) until twelve (12) months after hire date

GROUP LIFE / AD&D: The City provides employee group term life insurance coverage at one (1) time annual salary rate as well as Accidental Death and Dismemberment. Employees may purchase additional life insurance at the employees expense.

LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE: The City provides a salary continuation insurance plan for each full-time employee. Long Term Disability pays 60% of the employees weekly salary after 180 days. Disability pay is coordinated with accrued sick leave and vacation to make up the employees full salary whenever possible during the disability period.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION: The City offers a joint contribution 457b Deferred Compensation plan through two companies ICMA Retirement Corporation & Pentegra - City match is up to $55 per pay period.
The ICMA-RC administered 401(a) Plan Advantage: Individual fixed percentage ranging from 1- 20%.
100% of the bargaining unit must participate for the 401a to be initiated. Once an employee makes their decision it cannot be changed.

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Employees may be reimbursed for job-related education in an amount not to exceed $500 in any one fiscal year. Reimbursement shall be based upon the City reimbursing to the employee 50% of the reasonably incurred cost of education, including tuition, fees, and books. For any employee pursuing an AA or BA degree in fire science, reimbursement shall be at the rate of 80% up to a maximum of $800 in any one fiscal year.

GROUP INSURANCE PLAN - HEALTH: Employees and their qualified dependents become eligible on the first day of the month following the month of hire. Monthly Allowance includes $938.74 for employee only; $1,877.47 for employee +1 dependent; $2,440.71 for employee + family.

Candidate Contact:
Lidia Buelna
Human Resources Specialist

Department Information:

The F. D. celebrated 30 years of service to the community in 2018, as we were ocially organized as a municipal agency on January 1, 1988.
In 2018 the Cathedral City Fire Department (F.D.) attained the following accomplishments and personal achievements:

D. daily stang increased to fourteen on-duty
The F.D. was awarded $25,000 from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to outt six new SAFER reghters with structural and wildland personal protective equipment.
D. replaced Gas Detection monitors and added Check It software for EMS and Apparatus tracking.
The F.D. prepared a Fiscal Analysis and Annexation Study for the unincorporated area north of Interstate 10 (Thousand Palms to Palm Desert) for the F.D. to provide ambulance services, emergency medical services, emergency preparedness, re prevention and re protection.
D. Members supported the MDA Fill the Boot and United Way
D. Honor Guard members participated in the Forest Lawn Memorial Day Observance and two F.F. Graduations & Promotional Ceremonies.
In 2018 F.D. Members participated in the Boys & Girls Club Meatball Festival, Holiday Extravaganza, Healing Field, CV Link Grand Opening, Senior Center Meatball Festival, Easter Kidapalooza, Elks Club Car Show, Memorial Day, Tejano Music Fest, 9/11 ceremonies, San Diego Stair Climb, Spooktacular, Taste of Jalisco, Cub Swanson and Tim Bradley Mural Dedication, Da de Los Muertos, Date Palm C.C. C.O.P. Event, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Snow Fest, Special Olympics Bowling Tournament, Police Memorial Dedication and Toys for Tots.
Area Information: Incorporated in 1981, Cathedral City is dedicated to providing a quality lifestyle and business climate for those here now and those in the future. The Coachella Valley, with a population of 346,518, is the very essence of Southern California lifestyle - a destination of friendly neighborhoods, lush country clubs, diverse shopping, and unlimited business potential.

Strategically located, with borders on both side of Interstate 10, Cathedral City is a haven for expanding and relocating businesses. Cathedral City ranks in the top three cities in the Coachella Valley in population, retail sales, and total taxable sales.

Businesses view the region as a triangle of opportunity between Los Angeles and San Diego with Coachella Valley inland equidistant from each. This triangle of commercial businesses, light industry, and professional services are expanding and becoming one metropolis of continued growth.

Job Requirements
Age : 18

US Citizen : Yes

High School Grad/GED : Yes

Valid CALIFORNIA State Driver's License : Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English : Yes

College : Desirable: College-level fire science coursework

Academy Certification : State Certified Firefighter I Academy

Prior Experience : Desirable Volunteer or Paid

Necessary Certifications :

Valid California Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic License (Issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority and Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency; at the time of appointment)
CPR Certificate
Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) or Biddle issued within the last 12 months
Additional Requirements :

National Testing Network scores issued within last 6 months
Desirable: Bilingual speaking skills (Spanish/English)
Hiring Process :
Step 1

Register for a FireTEAM test date and time through the National Testing Network (NTN) at Tests are offered nationwide multiple times a week, including Saturdays. During the registration process, make sure you select Cathedral City Fire Department to receive your test results. Upon completion of the FireTEAM test, your results will automatically be forwarded to the City of Cathedral City
Step 2
Submit a completed City of Cathedral City application prior to the deadline. That application can be found at
Anticipated dates are
06/01/21 Opening Date
06/15/21 Closing Date (First round)
06/22/21 (week of) Skills testing & interviews
All eligible applicants will be notified of their continuance in the process

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