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SAFER Firefighter Paramedic Recruitment

Update 8/1/2022: The Cambria CSD Fire Department is currently accepting applications for one SAFER Firefighter Paramedic. The department is testing to fulfill a potential opening and create a qualifying employment list. This position is open until the needs of the District are met. For first consideration, apply immediately. For more information, please review the position description and announcement below or contact Haley Dodson.

SAFER Firefighter Paramedic Announcement

About the SAFER Firefighter Paramedic Position

Under supervision of an engine company officer, the SAFER Firefighter responds to fires, medical aids, rescues, hazardous materials incidents, motor vehicle accidents, and other emergency and non-emergency incidents. The SAFER Firefighter maintains a state of mental and physical readiness to respond to emergency calls. The SAFER Firefighter participates in training activities, maintains fire equipment and facilities, performs public education and fire prevention duties, and assists in training reserve firefighters, as well as other duties. SAFER Firefighters will work with a full-time or reserve officer on 24-hour shifts as the fourth person on the engine.

The SAFER Grant was intended to provide funding for three firefighters for a three-year period, which would allow for the addition of one firefighter on each of the three shifts, to increase the daily staffing level to a four-person engine company daily. This staffing model includes a full-time captain, full-time engineer, SAFER Grant funded firefighter, and a reserve firefighter. Unless additional funding is available, at the end of the three-year period, the SAFER Grant funded firefighter positions will end on January 1, 2025 and the engine would return to a three-person staffed engine.

This is a grant funded, full-time, limited three-year term position and will expire on January 1, 2025. The SAFER Firefighter position will not exist outside of grant funds. There will be no COLAs for the position due to the limited grant funding available. 

To review the full position description, please click the link below.

SAFER Firefighter Paramedic Position Description 

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • United States citizen or legal right to remain in the United States
  • San Luis Obispo County paramedic certificate/accreditation 
  • Current Health Care Provider CPR or equivalent
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational certified
  • Valid California driver license with either non-commercial Firefighter Endorsement or Class B commercial license, with driving and operating experience. (Applicants who do not possess the required DMV license, or CPR certification may be admitted to the testing process but must possess the required license or certification prior to being appointed.)
  • Must be State Marshal Firefighter 1 certified

Some minimum requirements may be waived upon substantial demonstration and documentation of substitute fulfillment.

SAFER Firefighter Paramedic Benefits

  • Starting Salary of $55,124 to $60,773
  • Paramedic Compensation of $600/month
  • CalPERS Retirement (CalPERS 3% @ 50 public safety retirement plan for covered employees, including single highest year computation, for all employees hired before December 28, 2012. All covered employees hired on or after December 28, 2012 who are not defined as “new members” under the Public Employees Pension Reform Act (“PEPRA”) will be covered by the 3% @ 55 retirement formula and the 36 highest consecutive months’ final compensation provision.  All covered employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 and who are defined as “new members” under PEPRA will be covered by the 2.7% at 57 retirement formula and the 36 highest consecutive months’ final compensation provision.)
  • $25,000 Life Insurance Policy
  • Health Reimbursement Account (eligible for this benefit upon successful completion of their probation)
  • Health/Dental Insurance
  • Clothing & Boot Allowance
  • Vacation/Sick Leave/Holiday Leave

How to Apply

This position is open until the needs of the District are met. For first consideration, apply immediately. Please submit the completed employment application, proof of minimum requirement documentation, resume and certifications to


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