City of Largo, Florida

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Qualifications For Firefighter/Paramedic



Performs basic life support initially on his/her own at the scene of an emergency. Performs advanced life support functions under the direction of a licensed physician. Works as a member of a team in search and rescue operations at the scene of a fire. 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. Work is reviewed by observation of results obtained and methods used.


Responds to fire alarms with fire company; enters burning building with hose lines; operates hose lines and applies a stream of water on fires; operates hand fire extinguishers and similar equipment in extinguishing fires; raises, lowers and climbs ladders; ventilates burning buildings to carry off smoke and gases; removes and rescues persons from danger; answers emergency alarms; performs salvage operations such as placing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris. May be assigned as driver of aerial tower, fire engine, rescue truck and related fire equipment and apparatus; responds to fire alarms and returns equipment to station; operates pumps to maintain an adequate water volume and pressure.

Performs maintenance of fire equipment; lubricates, refuels and makes minor adjustments to fire apparatus and equipment; cleans and maintains station and grounds, makes a variety of minor repairs to fire station and performs a variety of manual tasks as assigned. Participates in company drills; attends instruction sessions in such subjects as firefighting methods, equipment operation, first aid and street hydrant locations; may be assigned to perform fire prevention inspections. Performs advanced life support functions such as defibrillate a pulseless, nonbreathing patient; administer intravenous electrolyte, endotracheal intubation; performs esophageal intubation. Administers certain drugs as prescribed in standing orders or direct orders from a medical director or a medical doctor, subject to the provisions of EMS rules. Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to learn, after a period of schooling and training, a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods. Ability to learn, after a period of training, the inspection and operation of firefighting apparatus, equipment and tools. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to readily acquire a knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City. Ability to successfully complete basic course of fire training prescribed. Some mechanical aptitude required.

Training and Experience:

High school diploma or GED. Possession of a valid Class E Florida Driver's License with emergency endorsement. Employee shall have and maintain Florida State Paramedic and Firefighter Certificates.

Selection Requirements Include:

Selection Requirements Include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Possess a Florida firefighter certificate.
  • Possess current Florida Paramedic certificate.
  • Must be a non-tobacco user for a minimum of 1 year prior to hire and thereafter.

  • Neither have been convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor, nor have plead nolo contendere to any charge. If an applicant has been convicted of a felony, such applicant must be in compliance with state statute 112.011(2)(b). If an applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, such applicant shall be excluded from employment for a period of 4 years after expiration of such sentence.

  • While on duty or in uniform, visible tattoos and/or body piercings are prohibited unless approved by the fire chief.

  • Never have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

  • Must possess a valid Florida Class E driver's license.

  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician in accordance with NFPA 1582 standards.
  • Have a good moral character.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.

Grounds for Deferment or Disqualification Include (but are not limited to):

  • Having used tobacco products within the past one (1) year
  • Having visible body ornaments (tattoos/body piercings) not approved by the fire chief while wearing department assigned uniforms.
  • Omission or falsification of information provided to the City of Largo that would materially affect screening or employment decisions, including but not limited to: the pre-intake questionnaire, registration, personal history form, administrative interview, polygraph or supporting documentation.
  • Within the last ten years, the use, sale or possession of any other illegal drugs that would be a felony by Florida State Statute.
  • Within the last ten years, the use of marijuana, hashish or other derivatives on ten or more occasions.
  • Having two or more driver's license revocations and/or suspensions during the applicant's lifetime for driving violations, point accumulation, or failure to appear or pay a fine. (This does not include suspensions for insurance or other administrative concerns).
  • Any theft from a fire department, from a fire or rescue scene, or from a fire or rescue victim.
  • On-duty consumption of alcoholic beverages unless some consumption was permitted by the employing agency.
  • Any falsification of an official report, record, or document.
  • Acceptance of any bribe, or accepting a gratuity in violation of the employing agency's regulations.
  • Failure to achieve a passing score on required written examinations and failure to meet the minimum time in the physical abilities test.
  • While an adult--the commission of any other detected or undetected felony crime. Commission as a juvenile may be grounds for disqualification.

  • Use of alcohol that resulted in 3 or more alcohol-related arrests or other alcohol-related illegal conduct that affects moral character or demonstrates a substantial history or poor judgement.

  • Possession or use of marijuana, hashish or its derivatives within the past 6 months.
  • Gambling that results in an arrest or conviction.

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor within the last 5 years.

  • Conviction of a criminal traffic offense (DUI, reckless driving, etc) within the last 5 years.

  • Conviction of three or more moving traffic violations within the last two years. (In such cases, processing will be deferred until a year has elapsed from the date of the last conviction.) Violations cleared by attendance at driver's education courses must be listed and will be counted in the number of violations and the dates of any resulting deferment.
  • Suspension or revocations of driver's license for accumulation of points within the last three years, as measured from the date on which the suspension was imposed.

  • Suspension of driver's license for financial responsibility (uninsured motorist violations) within the last year, as measured form the date the suspension was imposed. Proof must be provided of being an insured driver prior to resumption of processing.

  • Failure to keep the City of Largo notified of current address and telephone number will result in deferment of processing, inactivation of file, or removal from the candidate pool.



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