Sacramento Fire launches new paramedic trainee program. Here’s how to apply

The Sacramento Fire Department is accepting applications for its new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Trainee program to prepare individuals to become paramedics.  

The program will provide tuition assistance for education as well as mentorship and will train and certify individuals through a part-time paid internship program. The program’s goal is to hire members of the community as paramedics with the Sacramento Fire Department.

“We are excited about the new EMS Trainee program because this will serve as a pipeline to grow our own paramedics,” said Sacramento Fire Chief Chris Costamagna. “This is a great opportunity for anyone in the greater Sacramento area interested in joining our department.”  

The program requires 20-30 hours per week of academic coursework and 20 hours per week of paid-work experience. EMS Trainees will be required to enroll in and attend college courses. Sacramento Fire will provide tuition assistance for all students.  

Based on readiness, experience, and current certifications, EMS Trainees will be placed in one of two internship tiers: EMT Internship or Paramedic Internship. 

The length of the program will be from 12 to 48 months depending on the level of college experience and EMS training upon entry to the program.  

Under the guidance of a certified Emergency Medical Technician or licensed Paramedic, EMS Trainees will assist in the emergency medical care of the sick and injured. They will be expected to follow all applicable state and local laws, regulations and policies. 

“We hope that young people in our community, through the EMS Trainee program, can see the fire service as an attainable career option for them,” said Assistant Chief Kim Iannucci.   

The Sacramento Fire Department will be accepting applications through March 19. The job posting will automatically close upon the receipt of 150 applications or at the final filing deadline, whichever occurs first.   

To learn more and apply, please visit the City’s website.

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