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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Visiting a Fire Station

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1. Fire Prep Topics of Interest – Visiting a Fire Station

Visiting a fire station can be a very educational and rewarding experience when you are testing to become a firefighter. However, if you are not careful, the impression you make, as well as the behavior you present may actually go against you when it comes to getting a job with that fire department. I am a firm believer that you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.

Why would you even want to visit a fire station you might wonder? Here are the three main reasons why you would visit a fire station:

    1. To find out more about the job of a firefighter

    2. To obtain more information about that fire department, either before they offer a firefighter examination or during the firefighter examination process

    3. To visit with any acquaintances or friends that are working in the fire service

What benefits can you receive out of visiting a fire station?

  • Getting the chance to network, make friends, and make contacts that may be able to assist you in the future. Even if that fire department doesn't hold a firefighter exam for the next few years, I bet many of those firefighters have friends or relatives that work on many other neighboring fire departments that they can put you in touch with for assistance.
  • Getting the chance to learn more about the job of a firefighter.
  • Getting the chance to ask questions of the firefighters that you may have not been able to find answers for on the department website or through other methods
  • Getting the chance to meet firefighters that may be sitting on your oral interview panel either in that department or a neighboring department (I can't count the amount of times I have met someone at a fire station only to find them at a later date on my oral board interviewing me, either in their own department or a neighboring department). The benefit here is that if you make a great impression on that station visit, it can go in your favor. However, the downfall is that if you make a poor impression, it can also go against you.
  • Getting the chance to talk to the newly hired firefighters so that you can ask them questions relating to what they did to get hired, and to find out what information they can share with you that might assist you in your pursuit.

Here are some suggestions to ensure that you make a good impression and that you properly present yourself to the firefighters:

  • Try not to just "drop in" and say, "can I get some of your time?" Many fire departments have very busy schedules during the day and like to plan out their daily routine as best as they can. Some departments require that you contact the fire department administration office to make an appointment to visit a fire station. If you're not sure, just stop by a fire station and ask them if you could make an appointment for a station tour and a chance to ask them some questions about becoming a firefighter. They will either schedule an appointment or if they have the time, fit you in right there.
  • If at all possible, attempt to call the station in advance to set up an appointment. Some departments provide station phone numbers to the public; some do not provide station phone numbers to the public. It wouldn't hurt to stop by administration or a fire station and ask them for an address and phone list of all of their fire stations. Let them know you want to become a firefighter and that you want to learn more about the job and have a chance to talk to the firefighters (because of heightened security measures these days, don't be surprised if they don't give out phone numbers). The worst thing they could say is no.
  • If they don't give you the station addresses, where can you find them? Many fire departments list their fire station addresses on their website or in the blue government pages of the phone book.
  • Whenever you stop by a fire station, bring a nice dessert. If you bring ice cream, don't bring the square stuff. I laughed when I heard Captain Bob mentioning on his audiotapes to not bring the square boxes of ice cream - bring the round containers. How true that is. I realize it is the thought that counts, but it just comes across as tacky or cheap (in my opinion). If you have the chance, bake something nice (like a cake, pie, or chocolate chip cookies - you can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies!), it shows a little more personalization and also demonstrates your cooking ability (or lack of ability). Make sure you bring enough for everyone on that shift. Most fire stations only have three or four members on duty per day. One container of ice cream or one pie should suffice. However, if there are 10 or more firefighters on duty, don't walk in with one container of ice cream. Do your homework in advance; if worse comes to worse, count the cars in the fire station parking lot - which might give you a good clue.
  • If you set up an appointment - Do not be late! This is a double standard. The firefighters can be late because that is their job! I remember a candidate showing up at 1:00 p.m. like I had asked him to. He had to wait out front until 2:00 p.m. because we were on a grass fire. When we came back, he appeared to be perturbed that we were not there at 1:00 p.m. I kindly explained we had work to do, but he still seemed to be bitter and bent out of shape. Luckily he didn't get hired, because with an attitude like that, I bet he would have been a joy to be around at the station. If the firefighters are not there when you are, kindly wait for then. Give them time to return, and if you find yourself having to leave, at least leave a nice note on the door saying that you waited but you had another appointment (or something important) you had to leave for and that you would like to arrange another meeting some time. Leave them your phone number. That shows respect and common courtesy.
  • When you are at the station, make the attempt to say hi, introduce yourself, and shake the hand of everyone present that day. You never know where you might see that person again. By showing your politeness and enthusiasm at meeting the different firefighters, you show a positive and can-do attitude.
  • When you arrive, already have a list of questions that you want to have answered. Also, bring a notebook and multiple pens (multiple because I have had numerous ones run out of ink and it is embarrassing to have to ask to borrow a pen). I mention the notebook also because I had a candidate stop by and, 30 minutes into the question and answer session, he asked me if he could have a pen and paper to right down all of this good information I was providing him with. He didn't impress at all. Any time you visit a fire station you should expect to get some good information to write down. Also, if he didn't feel it was important to bring pen and paper, how is he going to be at work when he has to think and act on his own at times? Gee Chief, I didn't think it was that important, so I didn't do it! Yeah right.
  • Dress appropriately. Don't be the candidate that comes in to the station in a tank top, shorts, and flip-flops. Don't be like many of the other candidates. Remember that you don't want to be a clone. You want to stand out from the other candidates in a positive way. For the men: a simple polo-style or button-down is appropriate for a shirt (try to stay away from t-shirts); khakis or even clean jeans are appropriate for pants, and for shoes, you can wear any type of casual, clean, polished, closed-toe shoes (no sandals). For the women: an appropriate shirt would be something tasteful, and non-revealing; clean and tasteful pants; and for your shoes, you can wear any type of casual, clean, polished, closed-toe shoes (no sandals). You don't have to be as formal as you would for an oral interview, but you do have to dress appropriately and not too casual.

Why? You never know whom you're going to meet at the fire station and where you'll see them again. I remember the time I was in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops visiting a fire station. I thought I was all cool and everything until the fire chief walked in and the captain introduced me to him. I found out later from the captain that the chief likes everyone in the department to always wear their uniform because he is into a professional image. As luck would have it, I ended up getting a chief's interview. Unfortunately I was so nervous when I went in there because of how I was dressed when I first met him, that I did not do as good as I could have. Yes, there are those that say that they are not going to be someone they are not and that the chief should take them as they are. Keep thinking in that form or fashion and I bet your chances of getting hired will greatly decrease. It's not what they can do for you - it's what you can do for them.

  • Do not overstay your welcome. You should expect to be there any where from 30 minutes to maybe an hour or so. Any more time than that is eating into their daily routine. Believe it or not, many fire departments do not sit in the chairs all day waiting for the bell to go off. They have to do hydrant testing, training, physical fitness, apparatus and facility maintenance, fire prevention inspections, public education details, and go on emergency and non-emergency calls. The more time they spend with you, the less time they have to do those things. Don't get me wrong; I understand the importance of meeting with firefighter candidates during a testing process, and I will happily put aside some of those details to help someone out. I've even had candidates come into the workout room and pull up a chair while I run on the treadmill, just so I can get my workout in.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to stop by the fire station. If I had a dollar for every candidate that stopped by at 8:00 p.m. the night before his or her interview, desperate for assistance, I would be a rich man. What made them wait so long? Leave yourself plenty of preparation time in advance. Showing up at the last minute only proves to us that you either have poor time management or organizational skills.
  • If you find yourself doing more talking then listening, you're probably digging yourself a hole! You need to be a sponge. Ask a question, and then let them answer. Remember this is not a time to brag about how great you are or let them know how crazy the department would be by not hiring you.
  • If you get a good vibe from the crew that you've been talking with, go ask them if you could schedule a mock oral interview with them at a later date (don't forget to also bring desert then). Mock orals can be tricky if you get people assisting you that have not been on an oral panel for years or have very little experience in the way of assisting candidates. One thing you should be asking at the station is if any of them have sat on the oral panels recently. If they have, then you might see if they would be willing to give you a mock oral. Take it for what it is worth - someone's opinion. Just remember that everyone has opinions, not one opinion is necessarily right, and that you can learn something from everyone.
  • Do not forget to thank the crew for taking the time to assist you. Even a simple thank-you note mailed to them after the visit is a nice gesture that would allow them to remember you in a positive light (unless you were a bumbling idiot and the thank you note keeps your name in their heads forever!).
  • When you are leaving, ask the captain if there are any other stations they would suggest you stop by as well. On that same note, ask them if there are any other individuals within the fire department that they would recommend you talk to as well. When I have good quality candidates stop by and ask me this questions, I try and point them to people that have been recently hired as well as people I know have sat on past oral boards (because they have a good idea of what they liked and disliked in the candidates that they chose to be the best).
  • Last, but not least, remember this little nugget. You are in the spotlight 100 percent of the time you are at the fire station. Don't let your guard down! The entire time you are there the crewmembers are informally testing you. They might ask you a question such as "why do you want to work for us?" or "tell us about yourself." Make sure that you have good answers to those questions (which you should already have because you have been practicing and rehearsing for your oral interviews, haven't you?).

If you just keep in mind that visiting fire stations can either help your outcome or hurt your outcome, you should be able to make that positive first impression (the only that will potentially last your entire career). Visiting fire stations is a very critical part of the firefighter testing process. Make that positive first impression, and you increase your chances of success!

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El Cajon Fire Department
100 E Lexington Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

San Diego County

619-441-1648 - fax

Position: Paramedic/Firefighter Lateral/Entry Level

Last Filing Date:   August 7, 2009

Salary Range $58,269 - $71,024 (Depending on experience with Lateral hires)

Qualifications Guidelines
 State of California Paramedic Certification and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification (Include copies with application) OR current enrollment and in the "field portion" of an accredited State of California Paramedic Certification program (include proof of enrollment and graduation date with application).
 County of San Diego Paramedic Accreditation is required at time of employment.
 One year experience as a paid full-time Firefighter in a suppression position OR completion of a Firefighter I Academy (include proof of attendance with application) is desirable.
 Possession of or ability to obtain, prior to employment, a valid Class C California driver's license with a safe driving record. Must obtain a Class B California driver's license prior to completion of two years of service.

City of El Cajon Application required
Human Resources Department
200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon, CA 92020
619.441.1736 or 

Final Filing Deadline: Application and copies of certificates or proof of enrollment must be received in Human Resources by 5:00pm, August 7, 2009.

The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the evaluation process. This process will consist of a Qualifications Appraisal interview (weight 40%) and a Practical Exercise (weight 60%) tentatively set for August 2009. Those who pass will be scheduled to participate in a Physical Agility test (pass/fail). Top candidates will be scheduled for a Chief's interview. Several steps in the examination process will be conducted jointly with the City of La Mesa. If you want to be considered for employment by both agencies you must fill out separate applications.

Candidates successful in all phases of the examination will be placed on an eligible list for employment consideration for at least six months. Highly qualified candidates will be invited to take a Pre-Employment Suitability Evaluation, and be required to pass a background investigation and medical examination including a drug screen.

Contact: City of El Cajon
Human Resources Department
200 Civic Center Way
El Cajon, CA 92020

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: $6,000,000.00

Population Served: 93,000

San Mateo Fire Department
1900 O'Farrell Street, Ste 140
San Mateo, CA 94403

San Mateo County

650-522-7901 - fax

Position: Firefighter/EMT & Firefighter Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   October 2, 2009


The next FIREHIRE Inc. written examination will be held October 13, 2009 at the Barbara Morse Wackford Community Center at 9014 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove, California 95758. Please show up at least 20 minutes early to check-in. Click here to download a map to the examination site.

Please read your invitation letter thoroughly. Please DO NOT bring any personal items. This includes pens, pencils, backpacks, study material, etc. The items required to participate in the examination will be provided. Please DO NOT bring any food or drink, as they WILL NOT be allowed at the test site. Please leave your pagers and/or cell phones in your vehicle. You will not be required to possess your invitation letter, but you will have to have picture identification available upon sign-in.

Please DO NOT show up late, because you WILL NOT be admitted under any circumstances once the doors to the examination site are closed.

FUTURE WRITTEN EXAMS:  OCTOBER 13, 2009 and MAY 17, 2010

We only accept successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). When submitting your CPAT completion card or certificate, the completion date must not be more than a year oldfrom the date of the written examination that you are scheduled for. When submitting a copy of the CPAT completion card or certificate, it must submitted on/or before the written examination date.

OCTOBER 2, 2009
MAY 1, 2010
OCTOBER 2, 2010
MAY 7, 2011

If you are a Paramedic or a Paramedic student who has completed their clinicals and has a guaranteed "ride" for their internship, and you have not participated in the ALS assessment center phase of the examination, you will need to monitor the website after the written is complete for ALS assessment center dates and times.

The next FIREHIRE® Inc. Paramedic Assessment Center will be on October 23rd-24th, 2009

FIREHIRE® Inc. reserves the right to add or delete a testing date due to candidate participation.

The Assessment Centers will be held at the Elk Grove Regional Training Center at 10573 East Stockton Boulevard in Elk Grove, California. Click here to download a map to the examination site.

Please DO NOT be late!! If you are not in the staging area when your name is called, you will be considered late and will not be allowed to participate, so PLEASE do not ask!! Please click here to download the ALS Assessment Center scoresheet.

OCTOBER 23-24, 2009
MAY 29-30, 2010

Contact: 330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
650-522-7777 ext. 450

Employment Testing Cooperative Southwest Florida
Iona-McGregor Fire District
6061 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Various Counties


Position: Firefighters

Last Filing Date:   August 21, 2009

Application deadline:  The next application deadline will be posted within 90 days.

Application fee deadline:
Your $50.00 application fee must be postmarked no later than February 27, 2009. (Detailed information in "Apply online" section)

CPAT Preview/Practice: Date and Location to be determined.

We recommend that you attend, but it is not required. The CPAT is strenuous and should be prepared for. Candidates will have the opportunity to see the CPAT layout and ask questions of the Test Proctors. Whether you attend or not, you must complete and mail in the CPAT Preview/Practice Waiver. Also, we strongly recommend that you download and print the CPAT Preparation Guide.

Written Test: Date and Location to be determined.

Candidates must present a valid photo identification, such as a driver's license. All materials will be provided.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT):  Date and Location to be determined.

Individual test times will be issued as you exit the written test the prior evening. You must check in no later than your appointed time, and must present a photo identification. View CPAT-Candidate Preparation Guide

E-Mail and the World Wide Web: Applications for Firefighter testing can only be made online through this website. We do not use paper applications. You must have a valid e-mail address in order to receive the detailed test information that will be sent via e-mail following submittal of your online application. Take special care to insure that your e-mail address is entered correctly on the application. E-mail is our primary means of providing you with important test information, so be sure to inform us if your address changes.

View Written and CPAT Test Results

The testing process consists of the following: submitting a completed application, completing a written general aptitude test and passing a physical ability test. For more information, click on the Frequently Asked Questions button to the left.

The fire departments involved in this cooperative testing process include Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District, Estero Fire Rescue, Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District, Iona McGregor Fire District, Lee County Port Authority Airport Fire Department, Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue District, San Carlos Park Fire Protection and Rescue Service District, Sanibel Fire & Rescue District, South Trail Fire District. Each of these agencies is growing, and we anticipate tremendous increases in the demand for personnel in the near future. As the populations of Southwest Florida continue to increase, so do our needs for qualified firefighters.

Questions or comments should be directed to:

Iona McGregor Fire District
ATTN: ETC - Cynthia Zinger
Iona-McGregor Fire District
6061 South Pointe Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida 33919

Dearborn Fire Department
3750 Greenfield Road
Dearborn, MI 48120

Wayne County

313-943-3016 - fax

Position: Firefighter I

Last Filing Date:   August 17, 2009

* Completion of a two-year Associates Degree in Fire Science or an appropriate combination of related college course work and experience which results in the ability to perform essential functions. Michigan Paramedic License. Must be a licensed Paramedic in the State of Michigan by the last filing date.
* State of Michigan Firefighter I and II certifications required.
* Valid Michigan driver license, with a good driving record.
* U. S. Citizen
* Graduation from an accredited high school or G.E.D. equivalent.
* Dearborn residency not required, but must be willing to maintain residency within proximity to Dearborn Fire Headquarters no greater than that which would allow a firefighter to respond for duty during an emergency.

All entry-level criteria must be met, and copies of certifications and transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Individuals eligible to be placed on the employment list for Firefighter will be subject to a criminal history check, background investigation and a minimal fee for fingerprinting at the at the Dearborn Police Department. (More information may be obtained from the Human Resources Department.)

* Must receive certification from the Firefighting Testing Consortium of Schoolcraft College for both the physical and written tests. (See attached brochure.)
* Fire candidates will receive an interview based on a cutoff score established from the Schoolcraft written exam after all other requirements have been met.
* Testing process also includes passing an Oral Board.
* Must meet comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation standards.
* All persons appointed to the position of Firefighter I must serve a 24-month probationary period. This working test period is considered a part of the examination process.


Starting Salary: $ 42,471.00

Contact: City of Dearborn, Human Resources Department
4500 Maple
Dearborn, MI 48120

Greensboro Fire Department
5103 Michaux Road
Greensboro, NC 27410

Guiford County


Position: Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   December 31, 2009

ONLY "FIRE" APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED The City of Greensboro is accepting applications for firefighters on a year-round basis. These special applications can be picked up at the City's Employment Office or printed from the City's or the Fire Department's web page Recruit training is an intense 20-week program that demands high academic performance and daily rigorous physical activity, weight training, aerobic activities, periodic assessments on the physical abilities course and etc. Candidates must successfully complete physical training. Failure to do so at any point during the training period will result in termination. Upon successful completion of the training program, recruits will be assigned to a fire company (4-5 personnel) within the Emergency Services Division and serve a six-month probationary period. The work schedule will consist of one day (24 hours) on duty followed by two days (48 hours) off duty. Candidates must be in excellent health and have no conditions which would restrict their ability to safely perform these duties. These conditions must be met at the time of application and must be maintained throughout the application process. No residency requirements presently exist. Qualified applicants will be scheduled periodically throughout the year for hiring consideration. Applications will be active for 12 months. The job is NON-EXEMPT under FLSA.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Minimum age: 18 (at the time you apply)
* Must have a valid drivers license from state of residence, with a reasonable driving record and NO DWI convictions within 3 years of applying.
* Must have a high school diploma/G.E.D. Certificate.
* Must pass a rigid physical examination and drug screen. (Far visual acuity shall be at least 20/30 binocular with contact lenses or spectacles. Far visual acuity uncorrected shall be at least 20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contact lenses or spectacles. Successful long-term soft lens wearers shall not be subject to uncorrected criterion).
* No conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude; one general court martial or more than one incidental court martial
* Must be a United States citizen or an alien who can provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States

An Ideal Candidate Would Also Possess (Preferred Qualifications):
* Acceptable driving record
* College experience with a degree
* EMT-Basic Certification
* Some firefighting experience

Special Notes Concerning This Position:

Starting Salary: $ 31,415.00

Contact: Greensboro Human Resources Department
300 West Washington Street
PO Box 3136
Greensboro, NC 27402-3136
336-373-2020 ey=443

Maple Heights Fire Department
5720 Dunham Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137

216-587-9055 - fax

Position: Firefighter/Paramedic

Last Filing Date:   August 21, 2009

Special Instructions: Position closes at 4pm

The City of Maple Heights is seeking individuals who are interested in a rewarding career as a Firefighter/ Paramedic. The Civil Service Commission will conduct the written examination for this position on Thursday, September 17, 2009. Applications will be available at Maple Heights City Hall, Human Resources located on the second floor of 5353 Lee Road, Maple Heights, Ohio 44137 between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. The Deadline to return completed applications is Friday, August 21, 2009, at 4:00 P.M.

Applicants for the Cadet Firefighter/ Paramedic examination must be at least 18 years of age by the date of examination and must be a high school graduate or GED equivalent. For identification purposes, applicants must have a recent photograph of oneself and legible photocopy of a valid Ohio Driver's license along with ID to enter the testing site. Also a copy of Form DD214 in order to obtain Veteran's credit if applicable. All applications must be fully completed with documentation and hand delivered to Human Resources by August 21, 2009.

General Information Sheets, listing additional requirements and identifying extra credits for which candidates may qualify, are available at no cost at City Hall. Because application fees are non-refundable, interested individuals are strongly encouraged to obtain and review the General Information Sheet before requesting an application.


By Order of the Maple Heights Civil Service Commission:
Paula Price, Chairwoman, Georgette Vidmar, Secretary & Sylvia Aziz, Member at-Large
An Equal Opportunity Employer

Starting Salary: $ 43,398.59

Contact: Maple Heights City Hall, Human Resources Department
5353 Lee Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137

Beaufort Fire Department
135 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29902

Beaufort County

843-525-7031 - fax

Position: Firefighter Recruit

Last Filing Date:   August 21, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT: Responsible for performing difficult & diversified duties of firefighter at fires & other types of emergency calls. Performs various duties in maintenance of stations, vehicles, equipment, & other tasks as assigned. Subject to respond to medical, rescue, hazmat & other calls in addition to fire suppression. Candidate must pass physical ability test & oral interview prior to hire.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Must be 18 yrs old w/ HS diploma or equivalent; valid SC DL. Preference for SCFA certified Interior Structural Firefighter; DOT Medical First Responder or SCDHEC Basic EMT.


NOTE: All applicants tentatively selected for position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use & submit to physical exam w/ departments physician prior to hire.


Starting Salary: $ 26,714.00

Contact: City of Beaufort Human Resources Department
302 Carteret Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
fax 843-525-7013

Seguin Fire Department
110 Elm Street
Seguin, TX 78155

Guadalupe County

830-401-2322 - fax

Position: Firefighter Intermediate

Last Filing Date:   August 21, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Responsibilities include fire fighting, the prevention of fires, and use of advanced life support measures in the transportation and care of the sick and injured. Will be required to work 24 hour shifts on rotating basis.

POSITION REQUIRES: H.S. diploma or equivalent (prefer 16 college credit hours); commissioned as a Basic Firefighter by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection;

enrollment in the Intermediate/Paramedic completion course and MUST OBTAIN

PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATION WITHIN 18 MONTHS OF EMPLOYMENT; Class "B" Texas driver's license or able to obtain within a specified time with good driving record.

Applicants must have the mental and physical ability to operate emergency vehicles, fight fires, perform emergency medical procedures, conduct hazmat operations, conduct rescue operation, lift and maneuver patients, communicate clearly by radio or telephone, and legally respond to emergencies from residence within forty five minutes.

Starting annual salary is $37,523 dependent upon EMT certification. To apply contact the Human Resources Department, City Hall, 205 N. River, Seguin, TX. 78155. (830) 401-2473. Position open until filled.

Starting Salary: $ 37,523.00

Contact: City of Seguin, Human Resources Department
205 North River
Seguin, TX 78155

Kirkland Fire Department
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033

King County

206-828-1292 - fax

Position: Entry Level Firefighter

Last Filing Date:   August 7, 2009

Special Instructions: Position open until filled

Requirements: Minimum Salary: $6,300.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $6,900.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Fire & Building
(Open to current employees and the general public.)

Special Note:  This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be screened as openings occur and hiring will be staggered throughout the year. Entry level candidates are hired at the first step of the salary range.

Hours of Work:  Work is usually performed during 24-hour shifts.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from high school or a GED. Candidates must meet such medical, age, psychological, and physical standards as may be required. Must maintain a valid Washington Driver's License. Must be able to move objects weighing up to 150 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:
Include preferred qualifications or delete this section if not applicable.

Working Conditions & Physical Activities:
Work is usually performed during 24-hour shifts. May frequently require exposure to hazardous conditions that are typical to a fire or emergency situation, such as, intense heat, smoke, burning debris and falling structures. Wears self-contained breathing apparatus and protective clothing in emergency situations. A large part of the time is spent in the performance of routine duties at a fire station.

Union Affiliation:
As a condition of employment, must become a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters within 30 days of employment or meet alternate regulations as set forth in the Agreement between the Union and the City.

Selection Process:
The Kirkland Fire Department uses Public Safety Testing to process applications and conduct written and physical ability exams for this position. To apply for this position go to and complete the application process. Applicants who pass the physical exam and receive a minimum 70% score on the written exam have their information and test scores forwarded to the City. As openings occur, individuals with the highest written test scores are invited to interview.

Location:  Various Fire Stations, Kirkland, WA

THE CITY OF KIRKLAND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application or testing process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may call 425-587-3210 or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf 425-587-3111.

Note: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employment of persons hired by the City will be contingent upon presentation of acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization of employment in the United States.

Questions and/or technical issues regarding the on-line application process should be directed to the City of Kirkland Human Resources Department at 425-587-3210.

Starting Salary: $ 60,300.00

Top Salary: $ 69,900.00

Contact: City of Kirkland, Human Resources Department
123 Fifth Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033

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