Firefighter Trainee (Paramedic)

San Bernardino County

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Auto-Promote to Firefighter Paramedic Upon Successful Completion of Tower with

Up to $112,944 annually (Includes Paramedic Stipend: $710/month)

Advanced Step Placement Consideration: Starting step/rate of pay dependent upon relevant commensurate experience.

Bi-annual merit step increases of 2.5% up to top step contingent upon satisfactory work performance.


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All interested candidates must be on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List (SEL), 

including a valid CA Paramedic License OR

Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) Certification. 

San Bernardino County Fire Protection District offers a wide variety of experience and career opportunities!

Get a glimpse of what it’s like to work for SBCoFD! 

The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District is an all-risk/full-service fire department committed to providing the highest level of service in the most efficient and cost effective manner to the citizens and communities that we serve. Firefighter Trainee is the entry-level class in the Firefighter series, paid at $30.69/hr for a 40-hour workweek while attending the San Bernardino County Fire Tower (Academy). Trainees in the Tower learn and practice fire prevention and suppression; equipment and apparatus care, usage, safety, and maintenance; fire terminology, codes, policies, procedures and operations; and state and local laws.

Upon successful completion of the Tower, Trainees will be promoted to

Firefighter – Paramedic ($77,633.92-$104,424.32/year based on 56-hour workweek)


Probationary Period: Successful completion of the San Bernardino County Fire Tower (Academy) is required, and includes completion of the Firefighter I Certification through the California State Fire Service Training and Education System and obtaining ICEMA Paramedic Accreditation in San Bernardino County (candidate is responsible for obtaining CA Paramedic License and ICEMA Paramedic Accreditation prior to Tower completion). Upon successful completion of the above Tower, incumbents will be appointed to a Firefighter – Paramedic position, and will serve a one-year probationary period. Successful completion of this probationary period will include completion of the Firefighter II Certification through the California State Fire Service Training and Education System.

Certifications: Firefighter Paramedics must possess and maintain all job-required certifications, including CA Paramedic License and ICEMA Paramedic Accreditation, as well as CPR & ACLS.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform during high stress situations. Must be able to hear in the normal audio range, without correction. Must possess the strength and stamina sufficient to lift and carry equipment and individuals, and be able to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus. Vision must be correctable to 20/20. May be required to pass a color perception test. Must be able to work in a variety of environmental conditions.

Other Requirements: Applicants will be fingerprinted and must pass a thorough background investigation which may include, but is not limited to, the following: fingerprinting for a Department of Justice criminal background check, polygraph, pre-employment psychological evaluation, DMV driving record check, military record check, reference checks, and review of prior employment history check. An applicant may be automatically disqualified for misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in the screening/selection/background check process. Job offers are made contingent upon passing a medical examination and meeting the medical requirements of NFPA 1582 (Standard Medical Requirements for Firefighter). Applicant must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test. Failure to meet medical standards may result in the withdrawal of employment offer. All employees must adhere to the provisions of the County Fire and Special Districts Dress Code, which prohibits all visible tattoos.

Health and Physical Condition: Persons seeking appointment to this class must meet the safety health and physical condition standards deemed necessary and proper for performance of the duties established by the San Bernardino County Fire District.

Dress: Candidates, applicants, and employees are expected to dress appropriately for all phases of testing, interviews, background, and on the job; dress should be business-casual at a minimum, unless instructed otherwise.

  • MODIFIED BENEFITS OPTION (MBO) (Download PDF reader) available upon promotion to Firefighter Paramedic, salary includes Paramedic Stipend of $710/month.

(Need more information? Review Local 935 MOU (Download PDF reader) for additional details.)

Minimum Requirements

All candidates must be on the FCTC Statewide Eligibility List (SEL), including a valid CA Paramedic License or Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) Certification. All FCTC testing must be completed by the close of the recruitment, Friday 5/17/24. FCTC will validate your possession of all requirements and confirm to San Bernardino County for further processing of your application. 


  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Possess a valid driver’s license 
  • Have a high school diploma or GED 
  • Possess a valid Cal-JAC CPAT Card – (CPAT results are uploaded automatically by FCTC)
  • Receive a passing score on the FCTC Written Test – Written test score expires 12 months from date taken
  • AND–License:
  • A valid California Paramedic License OR Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) Certification is required at the time of application and must be attached to your application.
  • A copy of your paramedic license must be on file with and verified by FCTC. 
  • California Paramedic Licenses and NRP Certifications must be current and in good standing.
  • AND–Certifications:
  • Current ACLS & CPR/BLS certifications (copies must be attached to your application).

If you have any questions regarding your placement on the FCTC SEL, please visit It is your responsibility to ensure all items are current, valid and up-to-date, and on file as indicated. 

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess three (3) years experience as a Paramedic, and possess ICEMA Paramedic accreditation.

Selection Process

FCTC Written Exam

Applicants verified through FCTC will have their FCTC Written Test score transferred, and will be invited to participate in the remainder of the exam process.

NREMT Assessment

A NREMT based Medical Skills Assessment will be administered to evaluate candidate’s knowledge and skills in the following areas: 

  • Trauma Assessment
  • Medical Assessment

Assessments are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 10, 2024. Qualified candidates will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the assessment dates. Note: if you tested within the last six (6) months, your prior test score will be transferred and applied as your score for the Medical Skills Assessment. You will not be required to retest. 

Candidates must appear on the FCTC Statewide Eligible List and be successful in the Medical Skills Assessment in order to be placed on the eligible list. The top candidates on the eligible list will be invited to participate in the selection interview process.

Application Procedure: To be considered for this excellent opportunity, please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire by the stated deadline. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the closing of this recruitment. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application. 

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide, or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application. 

All communications regarding the selection process will be via email. Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mails frequently to obtain any correspondence associated with this recruitment. Please be sure the email provided on this application is always current; it is your responsibility to update your personal information. Update your Spam, Junk, Bulk and Firewall settings as needed to ensure that you receive all information pertaining to this recruitment.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. 

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form (Download PDF reader) within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans’ Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans’ Preference points. Click here (Download PDF reader) for information and instructions to request Veteran’s Preference points.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process.

Professional Firefighters

The County of San Bernardino offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include health, and a variety of voluntary benefits. Programs and benefit amounts vary and are based on bargaining unit, family size, hire date, plan selection, and number of hours worked. 

A summary of benefits is provided below. Refer to the appropriate MOU, contact the County’s Employee Benefits and Services Division at (909) 387-5787 or visit the Benefits website for more detailed information at

MEDICAL: The County offers a variety of comprehensive health plan options to fit individual needs. Premiums are partially subsidized and paid to the plans. The MPS amount shall be $176.16 for employee-only coverage, $376.59 for employee +1 coverage, and $516.08 for employee +2 or more coverage. 

VISION: County paid for employee and optional purchase for eligible dependents. 

MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT ACCOUNT: Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that helps participating employees lower their taxable income. Under this plan, employees elect to set aside pre-tax money each pay period to pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses for themselves and their eligible dependents that are not paid by insurance or reimbursed by any other benefit plan. 

DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE PLAN: This is a type of Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that helps participating eligible employees lower their taxable income. Under this plan, employees may set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified childcare or dependent care expenses that are necessary for the employee and/or spouse to continue working. 

VACATION: After completion of the requisite hours of continuous service (based on the bargaining unit), employees are eligible to use accrued vacation allowance. Depending on length of service, employees may accrue from 112 to 224 hours annually. 

DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Employees are eligible to participate in the County’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. This is a supplemental retirement Plan that permits employees to defer a certain portion of their pre-tax salary, within certain Internal Revenue Service (IRS) limits, to an account maintained by an investment service provider. Participating employees postpone paying taxes on the deferred portion of their income.

RETIREMENT: The County is a 1937 Act employer using a Tier 1: 3% at 50 or Tier 2: 2.7% at 57 retirement formula. Employees may choose to designate contributions as either refundable or non-refundable. More detailed information may be found by contacting SBCERA at (909) 885-7980 or toll-free at 1-877-722-3721 or by visiting the website at San Bernardino County Retirement Association. The County does not pay into the Social Security system; however, it does contribute to Medicare.

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