Firefighter EMT/Paramedic

Posted: 03/05/2023

Summary Description

Under the general direction of the Lieutenant, the Firefighter/EMT - Firefighter/Paramedic performs fire suppression, rescue operations, fire prevention activities (e.g. public education, fire inspections, etc.) and patient care in emergent and non-emergent settings.  Performs routine vehicle, tool and facility maintenance on a daily basis.

(New July 01, 2023 wage scales are pending subject to city council approval) 

Eff Date Entry Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5   
7/1/2022 52,047.86 54,129.77 56,294.96 58,546.76 60,888.63 63,324.18  
7/1/2023 54,650.25 56,836.26 59,109.71 61,474.10 63,933.07 66,490.39  
FF/Paramedic (No step advancement on July 1, 2023. Step advancement will resume on July 1, 2024.)
Eff Date Entry Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5  Step 6 Step 7 Step 8
7/1/2022 59,990.14 62,389.75 64,885.34 67,480.75 70,179.98 72,987.18 75,906.67 78,942.94 82,100.65
7/1/2023 65,509.23 68,129.60 70,854.79 73,688.98 76,636.54 79,702.00 82,890.08 86,205.68 87,929.80
**Lateral movement available - Firefighter/Paramedics will be eligible for one (1) step for every one (1) year of full-time Firefighter-Paramedic experience up to step 5.**
Firefighter EMT candidates interested in becoming a Paramedic may be eligible for Iowa's Last Chance Scholarship.
The City of Urbandale offers a comprehensive salary and benefit package. 
Fire Union employees benefits for this position include: 
  • Individual health insurance for only $68.56 per month; or family health insurance for only $210.44 per month
  • Dental, vision, and flexible spending account options
  • Voluntary benefits including Accident Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, LegalShield, and Identity Theft Monitoring and Restoration.
  • Iowa MFPRSI pension/retirement plan + 457 deferred compensation plan with city match
  • 8 paid holidays + additional personal holiday time per year
  • City-paid Life Insurance policy plus additional voluntary life insurance options
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Senior Officer Pay
  • Merit Pay
  • Compensation for Education 
Please visit the Fire Union Contract to review the pay structure and additional benefits that may also apply.

Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities
  • Responds to emergencies (e.g. fire, medical, rescue, man-made/natural disasters, etc.).  May be required to evaluate the situation and when appropriate, directing the response until relieved by Company Officer.
  • Functions as a member of the assigned fire/rescue crew, performing various fire/rescue tasks under the direction of the crew leader or incident command officer.
  • Provides emergency medical treatment within the scope of practice and department protocols of current level of EMT or Paramedic certification. Provides accurate medical documentation of all emergency medical treatment provided, including the use of table-based patient care reporting systems. Complete patient care reporting requirements, including patient medical history, incident history, and billing information.
  • Participate in regular reviews of EMS documentation through the department quality improvement program, as well as participating in regular incident reviews.
  • Ensures fire code enforcement by performing fire/life safety facility inspections, including the field use of tablet-based safety inspection documentation.
  • Performs routine truck and equipment maintenance, station maintenance and routine facility duties, including the use of tablet-based inventory and vehicle maintenance program
  • Performs various community education or community risk reduction activities to improve safety for the community and enhance the reputation of the Fire Department. 
  • Will complete initial certification and meet recertification requirements for programs requiring certification in prevention, community education, or community risk reduction.
  • Maintains proper physical fitness through regular exercise. 
  • Participates in Fire/EMS training. Completes and maintains EMS/Fire/Rescue knowledge and skills proficiency through department provided training, including individual, on-line, credential-based, and in-service training, as well as annual evaluations of knowledge and skills are required.
  • May be assigned various operational duties, which may include inventory minor equipment maintenance, regular equipment inspection and testing, 
  • Complete assigned station duties necessary to maintain and keep clean department facilities.
  • Responsible for driving of emergency vehicles: Adheres to all department policies procedures governing the safe operation of emergency vehicles and complies with all applicable local, state, and federal traffic laws and regulations.  
  • Assures the City and Department’s mission, core values, goals and objectives are fully supported and initiated.
  • Familiarity with department policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Periodic Job Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Performs vehicle/squad checks and completes inventory Vehicle and Station routine maintenance and inventory.
  • Performs annual equipment testing.
  • Perform annual or semi-annual cleaning and maintenance on apparatus, equipment, and facilities.


Typical Qualifications


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; post-secondary education preferred.
  • One (1) year experience of medical and/or fire experience, preferably one (1) year of work experience in both emergency medical and fire experience 
  • IDPH Iowa EMT certification required; Iowa Paramedic certification preferred (valid National Registry EMT or Paramedic also acceptable).
  • FSTB Iowa Firefighter I certification (out of state IFSAC or ProBoard FF I certification also acceptable); Firefighter II preferred.
  • Valid Drivers' License
  • Upon hire, Successful completion of Department orientation 
  • Ability to act with honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and dependability at all times
  • Ability to perform invasive advanced medical procedures in stressful situations
  • Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner
  • Ability to take the initiative
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective problem solving, decision making, multi-tasking and sound judgment skills
  • Accurate mathematical skills
  • Ability to concentrate in a diverse work setting
  • Actively support efforts to maintain and improve cooperation, communication and collaboration between employees, partners and the community
  • Ability to work initial 40-hour work week for orientation, then 24-hour shift-based schedule varying days of the week, including regular weekend and holiday work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to live and work effectively with co-workers during shifts.
  • Thorough knowledge of fire/rescue techniques and emergency medical treatment practices
  • Thorough knowledge of city geography
  • Proficiency in the use of emergency medical, firefighting, and rescue equipment.
  • Proficiency with computer software and applications, including patient care reporting software, inventory and maintenance software, on-line training, and basic records management systems.
  • General knowledge of tools and equipment including: electronic equipment, heavy equipment, fire equipment, air monitoring equipment, emergency equipment and hand/power tools.


Supplemental Information
*Candidates qualified for meeting the minimum qualifications will be notified as appropriate, via email notifications. You may sign up for a text messaging option to receive additional communication as you advance in the process.*

Applicants must upload the following documents as applicable and attach them electronically to their completed application:
  • Proof of Haz Mat certification
  • Iowa or National EMT, Advanced EMT or Paramedic Certification card
  • Fire Fighter I and/or II certifications
  • Documentation should be attached to your online application if you have completed any of the following items in the past 12 months:
    • IO Solutions, National Firefighter Selection Inventory Certificate, if completed
    • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) or the Central Iowa Fire & EMS Testing Consortium Physical Ability Test, if completed 
If unable to attach documents to your application you may email the documents to by March 31, 2023 deadline.

Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the Civil Service selection process which will include:

1. Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be asked to take the written exam from IO Solutions, which will be administered through DMACC. **Candidates who have completed the IO Solutions written test at DMACC within the past 12 months with another agency can use the same test results if their score is 70% or higher. Please attach your IOS certification in your application or email your certification to: If you have not taken the IO Solutions test previously, further information will be sent directly to those meeting minimum qualifications and your passing certification must be submitted by testing deadline of April 6, 2023.

Here is the *LINK* to purchase a study guide from IO Solutions.

2. Candidates will also be required to take the physical ability test. *Candidates who have passed the CPAT within the past twelve (12) months do not have to take the Urbandale physical ability test. You must show proof of a passing CPAT to waive the UFD test. For candidates who do not have a passing CPAT score on file, the physical ability test will be administered on April 4, 2023 - April 6, 2023. 

More information regarding the physical ability test will be sent to qualifying candidates.
Here is the *LINK* for more information on the UFD physical ability test process.

3. Candidates passing the written test and physical ability test will be invited to the oral board interviews. Interviews will take place April 10, 2023 to April 14, 2023 Information on scheduling an interview time will be sent to those who qualify.

4. Candidates scoring 80% or above on the oral board interview will be placed on the certified list. The certified list will be active for one (1) year from the date of certification. Candidates on the certified list will be eligible for hire as positions become available in the department during that one year time frame.

Anticipated hire date: May 15, 2023

Post offer pre-employment drug test and 411 physical required. The City of Urbandale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Note: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA accommodations to the Human Resources Department, in writing, prior to the application deadline.

Position Type: Full-Time

Salary Range: $50,000-$100,000