Firefighter: Joint Recruitment Wauwatosa, West Allis and North Shore Wisconsin Deadline March 11, 2016

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Deadline: March 11, 2016

Salary: Wauwatosa: $45,846.03 to $72,698.75 Annually

             West Allis: $47,474.41 (perimeter resident), $48,368.14 (resident) to $71,333.83             (perimeter resident), $72,707.27 (resident) Annually

              North Shore: $43,768 to $70,171 Annually

Job Description:

The City of Wauwatosa, City of West Allis and the North Shore Fire Department are conducting a joint recruitment process to fill current and future vacancies of the entry level Firefighter/EMT position.  The application and recruitment process will be a joint effort; however, each Fire Department will establish separate eligibility lists.

 Essential Functions:

The following are normal for the position but shall not be construed as exclusive or inclusive. Other related duties may be required and assigned.

1  Perform firefighting activities including driving fire apparatus, operating pumps and related equipment, laying hose, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguishment tasks.

2  Perform emergency aid activities including administering first aid and providing other assistance as required.

3  Participate in fire drills, attend classes in firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and related subjects.

4  Receive and relay fire calls and alarms. Operate radio and other communication equipment.

5  Participate in the inspection of buildings, hydrants, and other structures in fire prevention programs.

6  Maintain fire equipment, apparatus and facilities.   Perform minor repairs to departmental equipment.

7  Perform general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire facilities and equipment; clean and wash walls and floors; care for grounds around station; make minor repairs; wash, hang and dry hose; wash, clean, polish, maintain and test apparatus and equipment.

8  Assist in developing plans for special assignments such as emergency preparedness, hazardous communications, training programs, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency aid activities.

9  Present programs to the community on safety, medical, and fire prevention topics.

10 Perform salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

11 Performs duties as a certified EMT-B, EMT-D or EMT-P, according to criteria and standards set forth by the department.

12 Other duties as assigned by supervisors.

 Minimum Requirements:

1  Minimum of 18 years of age.

2  High school graduate.

3  Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible for a WI driver’s license at the time of application; a valid Wisconsin driver’s license is required at the time of hire. Restrictions as to physical reasons only will not disqualify a person for issuance of application, but may be a basis for rejection in the medical examination.

4  State of Wisconsin certification for Firefighter Level 1 or a certificate that bears the seal of the IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress)/Pro-Board equivalent.

5  State of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician Basic License.

6  As of the date of the conditional offer, the applicant shall have on file with their application a certificate of passing the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from an agency certified by the International Fire Chief’s Association and the International Firefighter’s Association to administer the exam. The date of passing the CPAT shall be no less than twelve months prior to the date of the written exam.

7  Current National Registry required for EMT Basic or Paramedic.

8  Residency requirement for West Allis ONLY: if hired, appointee must establish residency within one hour response time (30 minute drive time) from Fire Station 3 (10830 W. Lapham St.) as determined by the Fire Chief, within 18 months of hire; restrictions must be maintained throughout employment with the City of West Allis.

9  At the time of application, applicants shall certify that they do not smoke tobacco products.

10 If veteran, proof of honorable discharge.

11 Excellent moral character and highest personal integrity.

Preferred Requirements

1  Preference points will be given for current National Registry required for Paramedic (NRP – copy of card required)

2  Preference points will be given for Bachelor’s Degree with major in fire-related discipline, Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline or Associate’s Degree in Fire Science.  Points for continuing education will only be awarded for one of the options listed.

 Additional Information:


1  City of Wauwatosa: The starting salary is $45,846.03 to $72,698.75 annually after four years of service (2016 rates) which compliments and excellent benefit package.

2  City of West Allis: The starting salary is $47,474.41 (perimeter resident), $48,368.14 (resident) to $71,333.83 (perimeter resident), $72,707.27 (resident) annually after six years of service (2014 rates – will be adjusted when contract is updated) which compliments an excellent benefit package.

3  North Shore Fire Department: The starting salary is $43,768 to $70,171 annually after five years of service (2016 rates) which compliments an excellent benefit package.


•   Wauwatosa & North Shore: Firefighters work a 56 hour week.  Both Fire Departments use a 3 platoon system where employees are on duty for 24 hours and then off duty for 24 hours; employees work three shifts and then are off on the fourth shift.  Duty hours, work schedules and assignments to a specific platoon are subject to change by Fire Department administrative directive.

•   West Allis: The work schedule for sworn employees will be repetitive tour of duty cycle consisting of (24) hours on continuous active duty, followed by (48) continuous hours off duty; one (24) hour period on duty every (3) days.


Candidates that meet the minimum requirements and submit all required supplemental documents will be invited to participate in an examination process that will include some or all of the following steps (depending on the agency):

•   Written Examination: Entry Level Firefighter Examination proctored by Wisconsin Personnel Partners.  The date of the exam is Saturday, 4/9/16.  Passing score is 75%.  Preference points will be added to passing scores for veterans and their spouses, for continuing education and for candidates holding a Nationally Registered Paramedic as described in the preferred requirements.

•   Departmental Interviews: Candidates who place in the top 75 raw scores will be invited to participate in a departmental interview conducted by staff members of the North Shore, West Allis and Wauwatosa Fire Departments.

•   Police and Fire Commission Interview

•   Medical Evaluation, Psychological Evaluation and Drug Screen

•   Background Investigation


PROBATION: A Firefighter is required to serve a probationary period of (1) year.  The employee may be subject to discharge without cause at any time during the probationary period.

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL 4:30pm ON FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016.  Qualified applicants will be notified of any examinations, interviews or other events required in the selection process.


Step 1:

1  Complete on-line application at the City of Wauwatosa’s website: (

2  Attach a copy of your resume to your on-line application (optional)

Step 2:

1  Submit the following supplemental documents to the City of Wauwatosa’s Human Resources Department by attaching them to the on-line application (preferred), in person or by mail.  Faxed copies WILL NOT be accepted.  All documents must be received by 4:30pm on Friday, 3/11/2016.

City of Wauwatosa

Human Resources Department

7725 W. North Ave.

Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Documents that must be received by 4:30pm on Friday, 3/11/16:

1  Copy of high school diploma or GED

2  Copy of DD214 (if applicable – for Veterans)

3  Copy of state of Wisconsin certification for Firefighter Level 1 or certificate that bears the seal of IFSAC/Proboard

4  Copy of State of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician Basic License

5  Copy of Current National Registry card for Paramedic (Optional/Preferred)

6  Copy of valid driver’s license

7  Copy of college diploma (if applicable)

** Please note that items submitted will not be returned to the candidate.  We do not need original documents, but copies must be legible.

Documents required at later steps in the process:

1  Copy of certificate of passing the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) will be required at the time of conditional offer.  The certificate must be from an agency certified by the International Fire Chief’s Association and the International Firefighter’s Association to administer the exam.  The date of the CPAT shall be no more than 12 months prior to the date of the conditional offer.

2  If a candidate provides a copy of a non-Wisconsin driver’s license at time of application, they will be required to obtain and present a valid WI driver’s license at the time of hire.

Several locations offer the CPAT exam:

•   City of West Allis Fire Department:

•   Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy:

•   Fox Valley Technical College:

•   Chippewa Valley Technical College:

For more information on the exam and other locations, please visit

For further questions regarding the hiring process or the position, contact Wauwatosa Fire Department’s Office Manager Amy Barron at 414-471-8490 or North Shore Fire’s Administrative Coordinator, Kerry Wenzel at 414-357-0113.

The City of Wauwatosa, West Allis and the North Shore Fire Department are equal opportunity employers.  All individuals including women, minorities and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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