GAINESVILLE FIRE RESCUE
1026 NE 14TH STREET
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32601
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Updated: July 18, 2022
Classification: Certified and Non-Certified Firefighter/EMT (Paramedic)
Testing services for the position of Certified Firefighter with the City of Gainesville/GFR is being offered through National Testing Network, Inc.
To be considered for the Certified Firefighter position YOU MUST SCHEDULE FOR TESTING at www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR).To be considered for a Certified Firefighter position you must have:
What to expect at the www.nationaltestingnetwork.com website:
Upon completion of the entry level exam and CPAT testing, successful candidates will be automatically forwarded to GFR for further consideration.Note:
National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry-level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace GFR’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. For testing inquires please contact NTN customer support services.
Nature of Work: This is a general firefighting work combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires and maintaining fire department equipment and quarters.
Classification Standards: Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from higher classes by its lack of supervisory responsibility and from lower classes by its emphasis on firefighting.
Benefits Information: The City of Gainesville offers the following voluntary benefits -
The City of Gainesville has established and maintains two defined benefit pension plans for its employees. In addition to the City's mandatory pension plan, employees can also contribute to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan or a ROTH IRA to build additional income for retirement. Also provided is a Retiree Health Savings (RHS) plan which serves as a tool to help employees save money for post-employment medical expenses.For more information on Employee Benefits, visit our website at: https://www.gainesvillefl.gov/Employment-Pages/Employment/Current-Employees
Contact Information:Chief Roberto ‘David’ Suttonsuttonrd@cityofgainesville.org
Department Information: Gainesville Fire Rescue is a full service department that responds to EMS, Fire, HazMat, Technical Rescue, swat medic, and Aircraft Firefighting Emergencies.
GFR is an accredited department by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. GFR has 9 Stations including 1 Airport Firefighting Station; Approximately 200 Personnel; including 21 Support-Administrative Personnel; 6 Engines, 2 towers, 2 Quints, 1 HazMat Unit, 2 medium Squads, 2 District Chiefs, 1 Air and Light Truck, 2 Aircraft Firefighting units. Operates with an automatic aid agreement with Alachua County for closest unit response in an extended area around the City limits.
City Information: Gainesville is less than two hours from great beaches in St. Augustine, an hour to great sport fishing in Cedar Key, two hours to Orlando and all the theme parks, two hours to Tampa, five hours to Atlanta or Miami. We are like a small town with big city amenities. With just 300,000 people in our metro area (Gainesville and the surrounding cities and Alachua County) but yet we have world-class institutions: University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College, and UF Health. Because of this, we have a thriving restaurant scene, vibrant performing arts, and great sports. It is hard to argue with National Titles in Basketball and Football. Gainesville is dynamic and energetic. You can't miss the energy of 70,000 college students. It makes for great nightlife and also adds to the flavor of the city. Whether it is a new play or new medical discovery, the possibilities are endless and that brings a sense of excitement. The tangible results could be the new Cancer and Genetics Research Complex, a new business in Progress Park or a new species discovered in a local fossil dig.
Diversity: In Gainesville, the word diversity is proof that different cultures and people make for a great place to live. The University of Florida attracts a very diverse mix of faculty and students from around the world. In turn, it creates an open and accepting place to live.
Population: The population of Gainesville was estimated to be 141,085 in 2020. At the 2020 census, there were 51,180 households, with 2.33 persons per household. Children under the age of 5 were 4.2% of the population, under 18 were 13.3%, and people 65 years or over were 11.3% of the population. 64.5% of the population was white, 20.7% black, 6.7% Asian, 0.4% American Indians and Alaska Natives, 0.1% Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, 1.9% some other race, and 6.2% reporting two or more race. 12.2% were Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 56.3% were non-Hispanic whites. 52.1% of the population is female.
Citizenship Required: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid FLORIDA Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Essential Job Functions:
Non-Essential Job Functions:
Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers: Not have been convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, as the term is defined by law. If an applicant has been convicted of a felony, such applicant must be in compliance with s.112.022(2)(b). If the sentence is suspended or adjudication is withheld in a felony charge involving moral turpitude and a period of probation is imposed, the applicant must have been released from probation.
No Tobacco Use Policy: IAFF Article 14
Tobacco Use Prohibition
14.1 The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that tobacco products, particularly cigarettes, contribute to the development of a number of heart and lung diseases.
The State of Florida enacted a presumptive law which treats certain conditions, such as heart disease, hardening of the arteries and hypertension as work related.
Due to the documented effects of tobacco use and the special hazards and exposures associated with the occupation of firefighting, the City and Union agreed to the following: