Walton County Sheriff's Office - Firefighter/EMT

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Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleFirefighter/EMT
SalaryStarting Range $45,563 to $50,306 Annually (Based on Experience)
Location Defuniak Springs , FL

Job Announcement

*PLEASE NOTE: This job closes at 5:00PM CST/6:00PM EST*

Walton County Sheriff's Office, FL Police Jobs


Walton County Fire Rescue serves a population of approximately 30,000 residents living within 738 square miles and provides automatic mutual aid to 4 other fire districts within Walton County. Our firefighters respond to motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and to combat fires to structures, vehicles, and land.

Our Fire Rescue personnel strive to provide outstanding patient care as well as protect the homes and personal property of our citizens. Our agency also believes in training to be sure our personnel are prepared to face ever-changing scenes they respond to.

Position Title: Firefighter/EMT


  • Special Risk Retirement plan under the Florida State Retirement System.
  • Health, Dental Vision, Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Annual Leave and sick leave.
  • Deferred Compensation Plans are available.
  • Tuition Reimbursement.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Firefighter’s Supplemental Compensation Program (pay incentive for college degrees).
  • 24 hour gym access.
  • Agency Wellness and Fitness Program (employees may earn a salary incentive up to $500.00 each quarter for participating in and passing a series of fitness test.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Single certified Florida Paramedics are encouraged to apply.  Walton County Fire Rescue will offer two scholarships for Fire School while employed.  The selection for the scholarships will be accomplished through a competitive selection process.

Job Responsibilities:  Firefighter/EMT

100% - The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load.

  • Lays, connects and places hose lines in operation. Raises and climbs ladders. Enters buildings and other hazardous areas. Uses extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines, axes and other hand and power tools. Ventilates buildings, throws salvage covers and removes debris.
  • May drive apparatus to the scene; operates aerial ladders of fire department pumps, including making all needed connections.
  • Performs routine maintenance and inspection of station and equipment.
  • Attends and participates in training drills.
  • Assists with building inspections and public education assignments.
  • Any general duties that the direct supervisor may need completed in relation to the Fire Department.
  • Functions as an EMT as directed by Medical Director approved Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Abides by all laws and regulations regarding storage and handling medications, and generating reports.
  • Participates in training and mentoring of new employees as needed.
  • Responds to emergency calls as a mobile medical unit attendant or driver.
  • Performs necessary rescue work in accordance with established protocols for Basic and Advanced Life Support.
  • Administers necessary emergency medical care requiring the use of suction units, immobilization equipment, intravenous infusions, M.A.S.T. pants, syringes and medications, and cardiac monitors/defibrillator/pacers, and performance of intubations/advanced airway management.
  • Paramedic trained in approved training programs, certified by the Department of Professional Regulations to perform medical acts, and functioning in an approved mobile intensive care program may do any of the following in accordance with protocols established by their sponsor hospital.
  • Responds to non-emergency calls, such as requests to transport patients from hospital to their homes or from a local medical facility to a specialized medical center.
  • Participates in a continuous training program to improve competence in medical technical work and in ambulance service and operation.
  • Studies street and road patterns and networks of the County in order that future runs may be made with minimum difficulty and delay.
  • Adheres to work schedule and attendance requirements.
  • Performs other duties as necessary and required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Firefighter/EMT

  • Considerable knowledge of basic and advanced emergency medical procedures and techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment and supplies employed in the emergency care of patients and victims of accidents.
  • Considerable knowledge of extrication, movement of patients, rescue techniques, transportation and psychological needs of a patient.
  • Working knowledge of County geography and of the location of roads and streets within the County.
  • Working knowledge of radio communication equipment.
  • Skills in diagnosing a victim’s condition and applying appropriate emergency medical care.
  • Ability to respond quickly and calmly to emergency situations.
  • Ability to safely drive an ambulance under emergency conditions.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to lift substantial weight.
  • Ability to deal tactfully, courteously and firmly with the general public.
  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

Qualifications, Training and Experience: Firefighter/EMT

One (1) to two (2) years of experience in advance emergency medical service work, plus any required     certification or training; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the     required knowledge, skills and abilities. State of Florida Minimum Standards for Firefighter and EMT and CPR for the Health Care Provider are required. A valid Florida driver license and 16 hour (E.V.O.C.)     Emergency Vehicle Operators Course is required. The employee is responsible for the ability to drive ALL     vehicles, not just Medic units.

Performs other duties as necessary and required.



Applications will be accepted online at www.PublicSafetyApp.com/WaltonCountyFL 


Failure to complete required paperwork correctly will cause a delay in the application process and applications to potentially be placed in an "on-hold" status. External Applicants will be required to successfully complete:

  • Background investigation which includes but is not limited to:  criminal history, driving history, credit check, and previous employment verification. The background waiver MUST BE SIGNED AND NOTARIZED.
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Pre-employment Drug Screen (including nicotine panel)
  • Successful completion of a Physical Abilities Test

As part of the selection process applicants for consideration will be required to participate in an oral interview process.

**For Out of State Applicants, please click the link below for questions on reciprocity.**


**For questions on EMT/Paramedic licensing, please see the link below**



Applicants may contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources by calling 850-892-8111 for assistance or additional information..


Applicants must list a valid telephone number and email address on their application and routinely monitor that email address and their PublicSafetyApp accounts.  Applicants are responsible for contacting WCSO-HR to update any contact information.  Failure to respond to future emailed requests for additional information, and/or to submit a complete application and required documents as indicated above may result in disqualification.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace.  Applicants needing any accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in the application and/or selection process should notify Human Resources staff in advance.  

Veterans are encouraged to apply. Pursuant to applicable state and federal law, preference and priority shall be given to certain service members and veterans (including spouses and family members of such service members and veterans), and certain service members may be eligible for waiver of post secondary educational requirements as provided in Chapter 295, Florida Statutes. 

Applicants may contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources by calling 850-892-8111 for assistance or additional information.



Please direct questions regarding this position to hr@waltonso.org

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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