• City of Sparks
  • Sparks, NV
  • Jul 22, 2021
Full time Public Health Safety Entry Level Government Other

Job Description

Better with you!

What do we mean by that? We believe in equity and inclusion and that the community benefits when those who serve in this role reflect the rich diversity around us. If you have any doubts about whether this job is for you - we ask you to think about one thing: Are you looking for a meaningful career that has a positive impact on the community? If you answered yes, come join us! We see and hear you and want you to be a member of our work family. While carrying out the vision to implement innovative strategies to promote excellence in leadership and serve the community, you will also receive a generous and competitive salary, benefit package, tuition reimbursement, and retirement plan. People who come to Sparks stay in Sparks. It’s more than a job – it’s a career that offers continuing education and promotional opportunities and one in which all skills, including bilingual skills are extremely valuable. Take a chance – Apply here to start the process.

Are you ready to take the next step? If so, take a look at these Application Tips: 

  • Fill out the online application completely 
  • The Qualifications section below is your cheat sheet to understand what the recruiter is looking for on your application. Use this to your advantage.
  • One step is eliminated for you! Do not attach resumes or cover letters. The City of Sparks is not collecting or reviewing these items with the application. Only attach the certifications and specific documentation requested. 
  • **NEW** Don't forget to enable TEXT messaging in your application before you hit submit! This feature will allow the recruiter to send you reminders as your test date approaches. 
  • Please note that there are three postings: Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic and Paramedic - ONLY apply to the one you qualify for.

This recruitment will close on August 19, 2021 at 4pm PST or once the first 250 COMPLETE applications have been received. You may submit only one application in a 365 day period. Please note that there is a cap on applications, submit a complete application as soon as possible in order to be considered. Submitting an incomplete application will not save your place in line. 

Civil Service Examination Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will receive an e-mail invitation to schedule the written portion of their Civil Service Exam. This exam will be held starting September 1, 2021. Candidates who successfully pass the written test and have completed and submitted their CPAT results by the required date will be considered as having passed the Civil Service Exam.

Passing Candidates are those who pass the Civil Service Exam as noted above. These candidates will be placed on an eligibility that will be good for up to one year. The department will call candidates from that list as vacancies arise. For the department's first vacancy, the top 10 ranks will be referred for an interview. One additional rank may be considered for each additional vacancy. Those candidates that successfully complete all necessary steps may move into the background process prior to hiring.  
Candidates hired may be sent as a paid employee to a regional, state or in-house academy as they work towards completing their Firefighter certification. 

If you have any questions, please email or call Human Resources at (775) 353-2345. The City of Sparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications to continue in the recruitment process: 

Education and Experience: High School Diploma or equivalent and must be eighteen (18) years of age. 

Licenses and Certificates: 

Must have completed and passed within the last twelve (12) months, the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT).  

Must possess at time of application and maintain throughout employment, a valid NV EMT-A, National Registry EMT–A or higher certification.  

Must possess at time of application and maintain throughout employment, a valid CPR certification.  

Must possess at time of hire and maintain throughout employment, a valid Nevada Class C driver's license or equivalent.  

Must obtain within three (3) months of hire and maintain throughout employment, a Nevada EMS Attendant License. 

Must obtain within one (1) year of hire and maintain throughout employment, a Nevada Commercial or Non-Commercial Class “A” driver’s license or a Nevada Commercial Class “B” license with the proper endorsements/restrictions to allow the driver to tow vehicles more than 10,000 pounds. If living out of state, must possess a license from the state of residence that meets the driver’s license requirements of the department. 

Must obtain within one (1) year of hire and maintain throughout employment, a Nevada State Firefighter I certification. The equivalency for a Nevada State Firefighter I is another state's or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter I certificate and graduation from an approved Fire Academy.


Respond to fires, medical calls, and other emergency and non-emergency situations and take appropriate action. Perform various staff support assignments in addition to emergency responses and daily activities. 



Must be able to use a variety of hose lines, deck guns, ground monitors, appliances and other equipment to safely and effectively control and extinguish fires; perform horizontal and vertical ventilation as directed; ladder buildings, conduct forcible entry, conduct search and rescue operations; participate in salvage and overhaul and other assignments as required on the fire ground. Participate in specialized operations such as low angle, high angle, trench, water and ice rescues, including the use of rigging, shoring and other specialized equipment. Contain, confine, decontaminate or otherwise mitigate hazardous material spills. Provide emergency medical care at the EMT Advanced level. Use hand and power tools to force entry into buildings, rescue victims, secure utilities and provide ventilation when directed. Participate in staff support assignments including fire prevention, inspections, investigations, and special projects. Work with the community in a variety of educational, public relations and service programs. Perform routine maintenance on fire stations and other department facilities. Clean, inspect, maintain, and perform minor repairs on Fire Department vehicles, apparatus and related equipment to ensure operational readiness. Utilize appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) during emergency operations, training evolutions and other times as appropriate. Maintain and protect evidence in relation to investigations. Testify when subpoenaed by a court of law. Maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports and other written materials. Maintain inventory and other department records. Perform other duties which may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Principles and practices of fire suppression and prevention including safety practices and precautions 
  • Principles and practices of providing hazardous materials response at the first responder operational level
  • Principles and practices of providing emergency medical care at the EMT-A level
  • Basic principles of fire apparatus hydraulics
  • Basic recordkeeping and mathematics related to the job
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, problem solve, make sound decisions, and respond appropriately in emergency situations
  • Ability to make sound judgments within established guidelines and to deal with uncertainty 
  • Ability to remain objective, handle pressure and maintain emotional control
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and to effectively receive directions
  • Ability to train others in work procedures
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted during work
  • Ability to work dependably and effectively as part of a team environment
  • Ability to maintain a clean environment in department facilities and vehicles
  • Computer applications and software related to the work including Microsoft Office

Physical Demands: Requires sufficient physical strength and stamina to: lift and carry equipment and persons weighing up to 150 pounds with assistance; stand and walk for extended periods of time; work outdoors in varied weather conditions with the potential for exposure to chemicals, extreme heat, fire, smoke, traffic, unsanitary conditions and other hazards. Must be able to wear and work in self-contained breathing apparatus. Requires the ability to use standard office equipment.


  • This is a Civil Service position and is Non-Exempt under FLSA guidelines 
  • This position reports to Fire Captain and/or Chief Officer 
  • Supervision exercised: When certified by the department, may act as a Fire Apparatus Operator on a relief basis
  • Required to be called back, held over, work off-hours, nights, weekends, and holiday shifts 
  • Required to work during emergency circumstances or inclement weather conditions
  • May be required to pass a pre-placement drug screen and background investigation
  • May be required to live within 60 minutes of the closest City of Sparks fire station


Firefighting and Rescue, Healthcare Aid, EMT-Paramedic


$22.71 - $27.07 Hourly

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