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The East Lake Special Fire Control District is currently hiring a total of six Firefighter Paramedic or Firefighter EMT positions to facilitate the new 6-week Kelly Day schedule (2023-2026 CBA). 

Application and Testing services will be done through National Testing Network, Inc. (NTN). To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to, select Firefighter and under Florida select East Lake Special Fire Control District.

Candidates must have both FireTEAM and a valid CPAT for these positions. In lieu of a valid CPAT, candidates who are actively employed as a firefighter in the State of Florida are eligible to apply. Candidates must fill out a PHQ to be considered. To complete an application and schedule a test, go to, select Firefighter, and under Florida, select Sign up for the East Lake Special Fire Control District.

All testing must be completed and submitted through NTN by August 8, 2024 .

Competitive benefits include:
  • Starting salary for Firefighter Paramedic $63,427.77 and Firefighter EMT $57,660.83 on October 1, 2024,  with annual step increases and a 48/96 work schedule. 
  • 100% Health Care and dental coverage for employee and 90% for dependent(s), Life Insurance, Accident and Specified Sickness / Disease Coverage, 175 Local pension plan (4% multiplier), 7% employee contribution, 5-year drop plan, 6 Week Paid Kelly Day, Holiday Pay, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Longevity Awards, Annual Physical Fitness, and Education/Certification incentives, 100%-dollar match on Florida State Supplemental.
  • Compensation for academic degrees, Tuition Reimbursement, Travel compensation, and Bereavement leave.

Employees shall obtain certification as a Florida State Certified Paramedic and function as a Pinellas County Certified Paramedic if not already certified within forty-eight (48) months from the date of hire. The employee is responsible for locating, attending, and completing the required coursework.

You are encouraged to seek more information about our department on our website at or call 727-784-8668 ext. 211 to speak with Division Chief Jason Letzring.

ELFR is a drug-free workplace, requires a pre-employment physical, including drug testing, provides Veterans' Preference, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, or disability.

You can learn more about the path to becoming a firefighter or paramedic here: