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    Default San Diego- North County Regional Firefighter/Paramedic Testing

    I was wondering if anyone ever tested for this county or knows what the written test is like, Post here with any information. Here is also the link if anyone wants to apply.

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    http://www.palomar.edu/fire/pdfs/ff%...NO%20DATES.pdf


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    Its a good, easy process. You have to be a PM, and pass a written FF test, and a physical agility (not too bad) to complete the testing. Written test is a basic civil service test (math, grammar, common knowledge)Once youve completed that, its usually an interview - megacode - backgrounds - job process. Good luck!

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    K Thanks MDCbeans. Can you send me a message got a question for you Thanks

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    Anyone else ever tested here????

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    At least one of the departments that hires form the list will run you through a 10 shift paraemdic internship. This is NOT designed to teach you how to be a paramedic. It's designed to flush out those who are not prepared. This system was designed as a result of terminating so many "lateral" probationaly firefighter paramedics. (a lateral is defined as a fire academy graduate with a paramedic license) I highly encourage you to work as a paramedic. Working as an EMT with a paramedic license is not a good career plan.
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    Thanks Chief Paul Lepore for the information. Did you ever apply for this or worked for any of these cities?

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    Chief, is the internship after being "hired" and is it paid or unpaid?

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    It is common for departments here in the "north zone" (northern san diego county) to evaluate new ff/paramedics almost exclusively in their ALS skills and assessments for a number of shifts after they start as the chief previously mentioned. This isn't so much an internship as it is a field evaluation. You have to remember that these are 1 to 8 station departments so typically only a few vacancies are available each time one hires. Subsequently a very large and diverse candidate pool exists for a limited number of jobs when they hire 2 to 10 ff's. This means that departments can be picky and expect a very high level of proficiency in paramedic level skills from new ff/paramedics. To answer your question yes you are paid. I should also say it isn't uncommon for medics to be hired without any ALS experience beyond a paramedic school internship, however it is definitely not uncommon for new ff's to be canned due to lack of ALS experience/ability, which is the reason why the chief encourages gaining experience as a paramedic before applying. Do also keep in mind that there are both a fire academy and a paramedic school that serve almost as a feeder system into this area and both are highly regarded and admission is extremely competitive.

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