Firefighter: Racine Wisconsin Deadline: June 7, 2019

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Deadline: June 7, 2019

Salary: $18.12 Hourly

Job Description:

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Company Officer or higher ranking fire personnel, the Firefighter is responsible for protecting the community from both non-emergency and emergency situations to include community risk reduction, firefighting, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials, as well as maintain physical facilities and equipment in a state of readiness. The position of Firefighter is a highly skilled and technical position which involves extensive training and education to maintain and enhance knowledge, skills and abilities in accordance with department Standard Operating Procedures and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1001) Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Essential Duties:

Duties include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Comply with all department policies and procedures.
  • Understand and apply concepts identified with the Racine Fire Department vision, mission and values.
  • Able to read, write, listen and comprehend instructions, information or reports.
  • Effectively communicate with department personnel, other City departments, and private citizens.
  • Must be able to carry out orders and assignments in both non-emergency and emergency situations. 
  • Respond to all types of emergency incidents to provide; life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation. 
  • Meet all essential job functions requirements of NFPA Standards 1001 and 1500.
  • Operate hand and specialized power tools and equipment while wearing personal protective equipment to suppress fires, rescue and extricate victims, administer advanced out of hospital emergency medical care to patients, control and contain hazardous materials releases, and perform various other tasks as assigned. 
  • Work to prevent emergency occurrence through participation in code enforcement, public education, and community risk reduction programs.
  • Drive and operate all fire department apparatus and equipment upon successful completion of department certification process.
  • Maintain department apparatus, fire stations and other department facilities, ground, and equipment as assigned. 
  • Read and study material to remain current on topics related to fire prevention and suppression, technical rescue, fire and life safety codes, and public safety education.
  • Participate in various classroom and training programs to develop and maintain required knowledge, skills, and abilities. 
  • Attends external fire service related courses as approved by the Fire Chief.
  • Promotes a positive atmosphere in all aspects of the department, one that helps one another and builds a team that works together for the common goal of professionalism and a high level of service to the people we serve.
  • Must meet the requirements under NFPA 1500 and OSHA 1910.134 for wearing the department provided respirator. 
  • Maintain personal fitness consistent with performing all essential functions at a high level of safety and efficiency.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Minimum Education, Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • 60 post high school credits from an accredited technical college or university.
  • Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Driver/Operator Pumper.
  • Wisconsin licensed EMT-Basic or Paramedic. National Incident Management System (NIMS) Independent Study 100, 200, 700, 800.
  • Wisconsin State Certified Driver/Operator Aerial, Emergency Services Instructor I, Fire Officer I and NIMS 300, 400 are highly desirable. 

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must learn policies and operational procedures of the Fire Department within probationary period.
  • Must be competent in firefighting methods and techniques.
  • Have knowledge of basic and advanced life support emergency care and CPR life – saving procedures.
  • Apply hazardous material first responder operational level methods and techniques
  • Demonstrate a high degree of mechanical aptitude.
  • Be able to competently and safely operate all department hand tools and equipment.
  • Must be competent and  safely operate all department vehicles, learn the street locations and physical layout of the City and major traffic and fire hazards.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately.
  • Effectively communicate orally with individuals or in a group setting.
  • Must be able to learn through structured lectures in a classroom setting and through oral instruction in an on-the-job setting.
  • Comprehend and make inferences from written material.
  • Operate and enter data timely and accurately into a computer.
  • Provide high quality written documentation and reports using proper grammar and punctuations.
  • Must deal courteously and effectively with the public at all times.
  • Must establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

 Supplemental Information:THE RACINE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Established in 1843, the Racine Fire Department is one of the oldest fire departments in Wisconsin, rich in history and tradition. Today, as one of Wisconsin’s busiest departments, RFD continues to strive for excellence and provide first-rate services to the citizens of Racine from six fire stations. The Racine Fire Department operates with 138 authorized sworn firefighter positions and a total Department staff of 141. The Racine Fire Department’s goal is to protect and provide service above all else.  Fire Protection is provided to the over 77,000 citizens of Racine. Racine firefighters are committed to providing the highest quality of courteous and responsive service through comprehensive strategies and training, including fire suppression, emergency medical care, community risk reduction, hazardous material response, technical rescue, and building inspections. The fire department and its employees are a critical component for the long-term health and safety of the people in the community.

These are entrance requirements to the competitive examination and do not assure a place on the eligible list.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify. 
TO QUALIFY, an applicant must have:

  • Possess a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License or eligible to be licensed in the State of Wisconsin
  • 60 post high school credits, students currently enrolled who will complete their 60 credits prior to the June 7th, 2019 will be eligible to apply
  • Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter I, or the equivalent accredited fire certification
  • Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter II, and Driver/Operator Pumper (successful completion required within 18-month probationary period)
  • Wisconsin licensed EMT-Basic or Paramedic
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Independent Study 100, 200, 700, 800
  • Wisconsin State Certified Driver/Operator Aerial, Emergency Services Instructor I, Fire Officer I and NIMS 300, 400 are highly desirable

Working Environment and Physical Demands:
Work is performed in a variety of settings including fire stations, non-emergency and emergency scenes, emergency response vehicles; and work may involve off-duty recall for major emergencies. The environment ranges from routine to emergency settings with unusual modes of communications, extreme noise, discomfort and hazard. The emergency environment may require the performance of hazardous task under conditions that require strenuous exertion with limited visibility and the physical ability to utilize all protective turnout equipment including wearing self-contained breathing apparatus. Potential exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals and gases, extremes in temperature, cramped surroundings, heights and infectious diseases.

The following MUST be attached to your electronic application.  Adobe PDF is the preferred format for these documents.

  • Copy of your Wisconsin Firefighter 1 State Certification
  • Copy of your EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic state license
  • Copy of your Post High School transcript or Diploma showing successful completion of 60 post high school credits
  • Copy of your valid Driver’s License
  • Copy of any additional supporting documentation.

All applicants must submit a certified original copy of their post high school credits showing completion of 60 post high school credits at a certified technical school, college, or university NO LATER THAN JUNE 7th, 2019 BY 5:00 P.M..  This documentation may be mailed or dropped off at the City of Racine Human Resources Office, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 204, Racine, WI 53403.


WRITTEN EXAMINATION – The written examination will take place at Gateway Technical College in the Great Lakes Room -Room 116, on Saturday, June 15th.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) – will be administered by the West Allis Fire Department.  Information on the CPAT testing dates will be forwarded to candidates who successfully pass the written exam.  The CPAT exam will consist of demonstrating the physical abilities of the candidate.  As part of the CPAT you will be required to successfully complete the test in the appropriate time frame.  Tasks performed stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry ladder raise & extension, forcible entry, search, rescue and ceiling breach & pull. The candidate’s success is measured on a pass/fail basis.   If the candidate has a VALID CPAT test certificate that is LESS THAN one-year-old from the date of the scheduled CPAT test that will be accepted and the candidate will NOT need to retest.

Initial Panel Interview – candidates who successfully pass the written examination and CPAT may be subject to an initial panel interview conducted by Racine Fire Department personnel.

Background Checks – Background checks may be conducted at any time during the application process. Candidates who successfully pass the written exam, CPAT, initial panel interview, and successfully complete a background check may advance to the oral interview process with the Racine Police and Fire Commission.

Police and Fire Commission Interview – selected candidates are subject to a final interview with members of the Police and Fire Commission and Chief Officers of the Racine Fire Department.

Medical Exam Prior to employment – successful candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive medical exam along with drug and alcohol screening.
The following documents may be requested during the process:  Birth Certificate and/or DD214 if you are a military veteran.

We welcome applicants of any race, gender, religion, ancestry or disability.  For more information, please refer to our Career Opportunities web page on the City of Racine web site. 
Should you need a special accommodation due to a qualifying disability, please contact the Human Resources Department at 262-636-9475 in advance of the examination. 
Immediate and future vacancies may be filled from this eligible list. Future recruitments will take place on an as needed basis.

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


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