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City of Lakeland Firefighter EMT/Paramedic in Lakeland, Florida

Firefighter EMT/Paramedic

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Firefighter EMT/Paramedic


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Lakeland, FL

Job Type

Full Time Regular

Job Number



Lakeland Fire Department


Fire Suppr Training 1302200000

Opening Date


Closing Date

7/22/2024 4:00 PM Eastern



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Prior to submitting an application for employment as a Firefighter, you must successfully complete the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) and FireTEAM assessments offered at Please be sure to choose City of Lakeland Fire Department as your department selection when completing the NTN application process. For more information, click on the Fire Department Requirements link at the bottom of the posting.

Candidates must complete both the FireTEAM and CPAT through National Testing Network by July 22, 2024. Interviews will be conducted in August 2024. Lakeland Fire Department will only accept CPAT scores from the National Testing Network.

All required documents must be submitted by July 22, 2024 at 4:00 pm. It is preferred that applicants upload the documents with the application; however, you may mail them to Civil Service, 500 N. Lake Parker Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801. You may also email them to: NO FAXES will be accepted.

Required Documents:

  • High School/College Diploma or Unofficial Transcripts

  • State of Florida Certificate of Compliance for a Firefighter

  • Valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic Certification

  • BLS-CPR certification or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification

  • Valid Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)

Works as a member of a combat team in the prevention of fire damage and protection of life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires. Works as a member of a team in search and rescue operations at the scene of a fire. Performs basic life support initially on his/her own at the scene of an emergency under the direction of a licensed physician.

Salary Information:

*Firefighter EMT - $18.94-$27.42 Hourly

$51,200- $74,153 Annually

*Must possess and maintain a valid state of Florida Paramedic License within three (3) years of employment

**Firefighter Paramedic - $22.09-$32.00 Hourly

$59,745-$86,528 Annually

** Paramedic pay is contingent on the successful completion of Paramedic Orientation and Medical Director approval.

Effective October 1, 2024:

3 Week/24-Hour Kelly Day


  • Responds to fires and operates various fire equipment such as hose lines and rescue tools.

  • Performs emergency operations during natural disasters and catastrophic events.

  • Donning and use of self-contained breathing apparatus.

  • Ventilates burning buildings to carry off smoke and gases.

  • Removes and rescues persons from danger.

  • Administers patient care at the level of an Emergency Medical Technician.

  • Performs salvage operations such as placing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

  • Inspects fire equipment to verify proper operation, refuels equipment, and reports needed maintenance.

  • Attends instruction sessions on firefighting methods, equipment, first aid, and other related operations.

  • Performs water rescue operations with boat.

  • Responds to callback in emergency situations.

  • Responds to hazardous material incidents at a first responder operational level.

  • Participates in pre-emergency planning.

  • Assists other related emergency personnel as required.

  • May be required to work overtime or alternate hours as necessary for the efficient operation of the department.

  • Position is designated as Mission Critical.


  • Performs general maintenance and cleaning work in the upkeep of stations.

  • May be required to act as step-up driver engineer as needed.

  • Performs related work as required.


  • High school diploma from an accredited school or its equivalent.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida certification of compliance for a firefighter.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida emergency medical technician license or State of Florida Paramedic License .

  • Must possess and maintain BLS-CPR certification or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification .

  • Must possess a valid Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC).


  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Paramedic License within three (3) years

  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver’s license.

  • Must maintain a valid telephone number.


  • Knowledge of fire department operations, fire prevention inspections, operations of firefighting apparatus, and proper use of equipment and tools.

  • Skill in the use and manipulation of tools and apparatus used in firefighting.

  • Skill in mechanical and mental aptitude as required.

  • Ability to learn through training a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods.

  • Ability to speak, write, and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to readily acquire knowledge of the street systems and physical layout of the city.

  • Ability to successfully complete subscribed courses relating to fire and EMS services, including the Personnel Qualification Standards Program (PQS).

  • Ability to respond quickly to changing situations under emergency pressures.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other city employees, and the general public.

  • Ability to meet department objective of enhanced customer service by participating in community service functions.

  • Ability to utilize the computer to complete required reports.

  • Skill in mechanical aptitude as required operating and maintaining firefighting and rescue equipment.

  • Physical ability to perform job requirements.


  • Requires heavy work that involves constantly lifting, pushing, or raising objects, exerting 50 to 75 pounds on a recurring basis and exerting 100 pounds of force on a frequent basis.

  • The job risks exposure to the following environmental hazards: bright/dim light, dusts, pollen, extreme heat/cold, wet/humid conditions, extreme noise levels, fumes, noxious odors, traffic, moving machinery, electrical shock, heights, disease/pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals, explosives, and violence.

  • The job requires normal visual acuity, field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of taste, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception.

Fire Department Requirements (

All City of Lakeland positions are subject to testing (e.g. written, oral, performance, computerized, interview and/or any combination). Candidates selected for testing will be notified via email or telephone. Please check your email and telephone messages regularly, including "junk" folders. Test times and locations to be announced.

The City of Lakeland is a drug free workplace. This position is considered a mandatory testing position, which is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. All City of Lakeland positions are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing. As a condition of employment, you will be required to pass the pre-employment drug test in accordance with Florida Statute 440.102.


City of Lakeland Fire Union

Summary Sheet

Annual Leave

Annual leave is accumulated bi-weekly and based upon years of service as follows:

Annual leave may be taken as earned by employees hired after January 1, 1989. Employees hired prior to that date use annual leave within the calendar year following the year the leave is earned. All employees may carry over up to a maximum of twenty (20) days at the end of the calendar year. Regular part-time employees who work at least twenty (20) hours per week accrue annual leave at the rate of four (4) hours per month.*

Sick Leave

Sick rate is accrued biweekly based upon years of service and standard hour classification. Eligible for use as soon as earned. Regular part-time employees who work at least twenty (20) hours per week accrue sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per month.

*NOTE: REGULAR employees with a working day other than eight (8) hours, please contact your supervisor regarding these policies.

Sick Leave Pool

Allows employees to receive sick leave benefits in cases involving catastrophic or long-term illnesses or injuries after all personal leave time has been depleted. Regular full-time employees contribute eight (8) hours and Regular part-time employees contribute four (4) hours on an annual basis. Employees must have completed one full year of service on or before December 31st of the calendar year enrollment; and have accumulated at least forty (40) hours of sick time (twenty (20) hours for Regular part-time employees). Participation in this program is voluntary.

For more information contact Amanda Kaiser at 834-8768

Family & Medical Leave

Federal legislation guarantees up to twelve (12) weeks per year off work under certain circumstances outlined in the policy manual. The employees must have been employed by the City for at least twelve (12) months and have at least 1,250 hours of service during the 12-month period before the requested leave. The City will continue its group life and health insurance for an employee on leave at the same level and under the same conditions that existed while the employee was working.

For more information contact Dawn Justice at 834-6038.

Pension Plan

Provision for retirement income requiring mandatory participation for full-time regular employees.

Defined Benefit Plan:

Fire Employee 9.81%

Employer 15.64%


Defined Contribution Plan:

New Hires Non-Certified, Recruits

Employee 8.5% or 11% per election upon hire

Employer 15.39%

Deferred Compensation 457 Plan:

A voluntary plan that is invested in mutual funds. The Employees' Pension Board performs the due diligence on the mutual funds. Employees may reallocate their account at any time.

Maximum contribution for 2024 is $23,000; employees aged 50 or older can also add a "catch-up" amount of $7,500.


Twelve (12) holidays, includes one personal floating holiday to be used at any time after three (3) months of employment and prior to the end of the calendar year.

Funeral Leave

Up to three (3) days off with pay due to death of an immediate family member (as defined in the policy manual). Up to four (4) hours off with pay may be obtained through supervisor approval to attend local funeral services of persons other than immediate family.

Jury/Witness Duty

Employees required to serve on jury duty will be relieved of responsibility for their regular work shift or portion thereof and receive full pay while serving. All fees received for such service may be retained by the employee. Employees subpoenaed to any civil or criminal court proceeding, which employee is not personally or monetarily interested, shall be paid as if engaged in regular work activities.

Military Leave

Allows for up to 240 hours in any one calendar year for annual military training without loss of pay or benefits for any employee in some type of reserve status for the United States Armed Forces. (see policy manual for additional information).

Maternity Leave

Refer to Family & Medical Leave for those employees who qualify. Others may take up to three (3) months leave of absence available upon approval of the Department Head. Employees may opt to utilize any combination of paid (sick or annual leave) or unpaid leave.

Leave of Absence Without Pay

Written requests are subject to approval by Department Head and City Manager or designee for less than ninety (90) days. Requests for more than ninety (90) days also require Civil Service Board approval for employees in a Civil Service classification.

Longevity Pay

Tuition Reimbursement

Program provides employees up to $2,500 per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) for reimbursement of tuition of approved college, university, vocational, or correspondence classes upon completion with a grade of "C" or better in credit courses only. Full reimbursement is given for courses and fees, upon approval. The program does not include reimbursement for cost of books, supplies or other related expenses.

For more information, contact Sue Cook at 834-6844.

Suggestion Awards

A program designed to provide a consistent and organized method for employees to submit and be rewarded for constructive ideas for improvement. Maximum award is $1000.

For additional information, contact Kathy McNelis at 834-6348.

Direct Deposit of Paycheck (refer to handout in new employee folder)

An account must be established with the institution of your choice prior to signing up for direct deposit.


Uniforms issued at no cost to employees for those job classifications which require them. Equipment is issued to employees at either no cost or discounted cost depending upon job classification.


Free while at work.

Break Periods

Employees may be permitted two (2), fifteen (15) minute breaks during the workday. The time shall be at the discretion of the supervisor.

For Information on Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance please contact Benefits at 834-6797.

For Information on Retirement Benefits, contact the Retirement Services Department at 834-8765 or 834-8797.

For Information on Firefighter and Police Officer Retirement Benefits, contact Foster & Foster at 239-333-4872.


I have successfully completed the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) and FireTEAM assessments offered at I marked City of Lakeland Fire Department as my department selection when completing the NTN application process.

  • Yes

  • No


    Please indicate your highest level of education.

  • Less than a High School Diploma or GED

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Some College - less than 30 credit hours

  • Some College - 30 credit hours, but less than 60 credit hours

  • Associate's Degree or 60 credit hours

  • 90 Credit Hours

  • Bachelor's Degree or 120 credit hours

  • Master's Degree

  • Doctorate Degree


    Do you possess a valid state of Florida driver's license?

  • Yes

  • No


    Did you graduate from a certified fire training academy with a certificate from the state of Florida indicating compliance in fire standards?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you possess a valid state of Florida Certification of Compliance for a Firefighter?

  • Yes

  • No


    If you are not a state certified firefighter, will you become a state certified firefighter by July 22, 2024? *Must submit documentation by July 22, 2024.

  • Yes

  • No

  • N/A-I am already a certified firefighter


    Do you possess a valid state of Florida Emergency Medical Technician License?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you possess a valid state of Florida Paramedic License?

  • Yes

  • No


    Have you successfully completed at least 16 hours of EVOC and received certification?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please list any additional fire training courses you have completed. Certification(s) listed here must be uploaded with your application. Enter N/A if you have no additional fire training.


    Please indicate the method in which you used to submit the required supporting documents:

  • Upload with the application BEFORE submitting it

  • U.S. Mail

  • E-mail

  • Deliver in Person


    By clicking "yes" below, I understand that if attachments are required for my application, then I must attach them to my application or submit a copy to the Human Resources Department by the close date of the posting and failure to do this will subject me to disqualification from the application process.

  • Yes

  • No

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City of Lakeland, Civil Service


500 N Lake Parker Avenue Lakeland, Florida, 33801