Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
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Firefighter / Paramedic Trainee - Fire & Emergency Services
at Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
- Class Summary
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services provides emergency medical services and fire protection to the citizens of Gwinnett County. The Department's mission is to save lives and protect property and we have a prestigious history of doing this with many significant accomplishments. As a valued member of our team, you will perform emergency medical treatment at the Paramedic level, life rescue and fire suppression, and safety education to the public. Personnel are assigned to work on rotating 24-hour shifts: 24 hours on/48 hours off, including weekends and holidays.
Employees must successfully complete Firefighter/Paramedic Trainee Recruit School; obtain National Registry and State of Georgia Paramedic certifications and other requirements during first two years of employment. This job is a safety sensitive position that will require a pre-employment drug test and subsequent random drug and alcohol testing in accordance with Gwinnett County Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace.
Applicants must pass a comprehensive background investigation including criminal, controlled substance, credit, driving, employment history checks, an oral interview, medical exam including drug screen, polygraph, psychological and physical agility testing.
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience.
After successful completion of Firefighter/Paramedic Trainee Recruit School and after obtaining all required Fire certifications as well as National Registry and State of Georgia Paramedic certifications, the salary will be adjusted as follows:
- $36,331 Starting Salary
- $37,420 (includes 3% pay incentive for an Associate's degree)
- $38,510 (includes 6% pay incentive for a Bachelor's degree)
- $43,729 Annual Salary
- $45,040 (includes 3% pay incentive for an Associate's degree)
- $46,352 (includes 6% pay incentive for a Bachelor's degree)
ALL APPLICANTS MUST ATTACH A COPY OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
- A copy of their high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate (This is a state requirement for certification purposes.) AND
- One of the following:
- Current National Registry (NR) or State of Georgia EMT Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Cards, OR
- Any completed associates degree or higher from an accredited college, OR
- SAT (minimum score: Verbal/Critical Reading - 430, Math - 400)*, OR
- SAT new (minimum score: Reading - 24, Writing and Language - 25, Math - 22), OR
- ACT (minimum score: English - 17, Math - 17, Reading - 15)*, OR
- ASSET (minimum score: Reading - 38, Writing - 38, Math - 38)* OR
- COMPASS (minimum score: Reading - 70, Writing - 38, Algebra or Pre-Algebra - 37)*, OR
- CLASSIC ACCUPLACER (minimum score: Reading Comprehension - 55, Sentence Skills - 60, Arithmetic - 34)*, OR
- NEXT-GENERATION ACCUPLACER (minimum score: Reading - 224, Writing - 236, Arithmetic - 229)*
- High School Diploma, or G.E.D. certificate (copy must be attached to application);
- Valid Driver's License from state of residency equivalent to GA Class C or higher
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
For information related to position specific Essential Duties, Knowledge, Skills and Physical Requirements, click here. *
For more information about the hiring process for this position, click here.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MAY RECEIVE E-MAILS THROUGHOUT THE APPLICATION AND BACKGROUND PROCESS FOR THIS POSITION. MAKE SURE YOU CAN RECEIVE E-MAILS FROM:FireRecruiting@gwinnettcounty.com
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*Note: The class specifications listed on this site are not the official class specifications for Gwinnett County and are subject to change.
- Benefits Offered
- Health, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance plans
- Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical and Dependent Care
- HSA/HRA available
- Basic, Optional and Dependent Life Insurance
- Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
- On-site Medical Wellness Center
- Holidays: 12 holidays per year
- *Annual leave (vacation): 13 days accrual per year
- *Sick leave: 13 days accrual per year
- Immunizations (Flu Shots, Tetanus, etc.)
- Wellness Incentive Programs
- Annual Wellness Fair
- Financial Education Programs
- Funeral Leave
- Longevity pay after 3 years (full-time status)
- Tuition Reimbursement after 2 years (full-time status)
- Employee assistance program
- Uniforms and equipment furnished
- Employee discount programs
- Retirement Benefits include:
- Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
- Employees can choose a contribution rate of 2.5%, 5.0%, or 7.5%
- Gwinnett County will contribute 7.0% of your pensionable earnings per pay period.
- An employee is fully vested in 5 years. An employee can retire if he/she has reached the age of 55 and the sum of his/her age and years of service equals 65.
- Deferred Compensation Plan
- If you contribute at least 2.5% of your base pay to the 457(b) plan, Gwinnett County will contribute an additional 1% to your Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (this is in addition to the 7% described above).
- Defined Contribution Retirement Plan