PHILADELPHIA FIRE DEPARTMENT
WILL BE ACCEPTING
JULY 22, 2013 – AUGUST 23, 2013
Philadelphia Fire Fighters perform fire fighting and rescue work, controlling and extinguishing fires using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques, evacuating persons from areas of danger, and performing emergency treatment. Work includes inspecting multi-occupancy and commercial buildings for fire hazards and violations of the Fire Code, and instructing the public on the principles of fire preventions. Work is performed under the general supervision of a fire officer. Assignments are stable in nature and are carried out in accordance with standard departmental practices and general work instructions.
All firefighters hired by the PFD must apply and successfully compete in a civil service examination for firefighters. Prospective candidates are selected in rank order from the established civil service list for the processing. The process includes Department interviews, criminal and background investigations, and, if selected for conditional appointment, a candidate must successfully pass a medical examination. Additionally, all candidates must be drug free.
Selected candidates are appointed as cadets in an extensive sixteen-week academic, practical and physical training program at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. At the Academy, cadets are trained in basic firefighting procedures as well as in basic emergency medical services, for which they must obtain state certification as an emergency medical technician.
Only upon the successful completion of training are cadets sworn in as Firefighter/ EMT’s and assigned to a field fire suppression engine or ladder company. As EMT’s, firefighters are also assigned as needed to work in Basic Life Support Medic Units.
All appointees must successfully complete a six-month probationary period.
FIRE SERVICE PARAMEDIC
Philadelphia Fire Service Paramedics perform advanced life support and field paramedical work. Duties are to respond to emergency calls from the public to perform medical assistance with emphasis on the stabilization of patients to permit safe transport to a full-service medical facility. Contact with the general public, the comforting of patients, the reassuring of family and others in the vicinity, and cooperation with fire and police authorities are of major significance to this work. Duties are performed according to standard paramedical practices and established drug therapy protocol. Employees in this class work on rotating shifts are subject to adverse weather conditions, and their duties involve moderate physical effort. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative or technical fire officer.
The Philadelphia Fire Department hires only state-certified paramedics to work in its EMS Division. Fire Service paramedics appointed to the Department must successfully complete a six-week training course in PFD protocols and procedures. Appointees who successfully complete the training process are sworn in and assigned to serve in one of the Department’s Advanced Life-Support Medic Units. The Medic Units are responsible for responding to and providing service to medical emergencies in the City of Philadelphia.
All Fire Service Paramedics hired must successfully complete a six-month probationary period.
The Philadelphia Fire Department is not currently accepting applications for the position of Fire Service Paramedic.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE PFD RECRUITMENT UNIT
FORE MORE INFORMATION CALL (215) 685-3749 OR (215) 685-3748