Deadline: March 31, 2017
Salary: $17.32 – $23.10 Hourly
RACINE FIRE DEPARTMENT RECRUITMENT OVERVIEW
The City of Racine Fire Department is a career department with full time firefighters and officers. We are a group of professionals, working together to save lives and property. We provide fire suppression, technical rescue, Emergency Medical Services (Basic EMT) and Advanced Life Support (Paramedic), as well as fire safety education and fire inspection services. We respond from six (6) fire stations, protecting approximately 80,000 citizens covering 20 square miles. The fire department annually responds to over 10,500 calls for service.
Firefighters receive 200 hours of basic instruction over a five-week recruit program with additional education and evaluation over an 18-month probationary period. The starting pay for entry level firefighter is $50,441.04 per year (January 2017) with fringe benefits that include: medical insurance and optional dental insurance, paid vacations, and a comprehensive pension package.
Career advancement opportunities are available in the areas of fire prevention, administration, suppression and emergency medical services. Individuals can become paramedics, driver/operators, fire lieutenants, fire captains, and fire prevention Lieutenants and Captains.
IS A CAREER IN THE FIRE SERVICE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Today’s firefighters are men and women of all races and creeds who provide public safety services to the citizens of Racine. Firefighters not only fight fires but they perform related public safety tasks which may include all the following essential functions:
Operate all types of fire and rescue equipment, including fire extinguishers, forcible entry tools, aerial ladder equipment, emergency medical equipment, and hose lines with nozzles.
Respond to emergency medical incidents, analyzing patient needs and administering advanced emergency medical assistance. The vast majority of calls the fire department responds to are medical in nature.
Respond to a variety of general emergency rescue calls such as auto accidents, natural gas leaks, and public assistance (helping the elderly and disabled individuals with a problem).
Perform search and rescue of individuals in hazardous environments including fire situations, collapsed buildings, auto accidents, hazardous materials spills, water related incidents, and confined spaces.
Firefighters and EMT’S report to a Lieutenant or Captain who supervises and works alongside his/her company. Each company works a 24-hour shift with rotating days off. Firefighters live at the fire station when they are on duty and perform additional housekeeping duties such as vacuuming, cooking and cleaning. Just as with family members, good communication skills are a must while working in these close quarters.
THE JOB OF A FIRE FIGHTER
Firefighting and Emergency Medical services is a hazardous occupation and such work can be extremely arduous at times. The tools of the trade are heavy and firefighters must be able to repeatedly handle those tools over a prolonged period of time. Because fires spread rapidly firefighters must work quickly. This urgency places a considerable burden and stress on firefighters. In addition firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics are in contact with patients who have a wide range of medical issues requiring prompt and accurate medical care.
Firefighting is always conducted while wearing heavy, protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus. The total weight of this gear, while fighting a fire, is approximately 45 pounds. The weight of the protective gear in itself increases the difficulty of “routine” tasks, which underscores the importance of strength and stamina.
Firefighting is conducted in an extremely hot/cold and toxic environments. The protective clothing greatly retards the body’s ability to cool itself. Physical fitness (principally cardio-vascular fitness) greatly influences how well and how safely fire fighters can cope with the potentially dangerous heat stress.
The firefighting selection process is designed to ensure that those who are selected for entrance into recruit school possess the physical strength, stamina, and learning ability to successfully complete the intensive and strenuous training program. In addition it is incumbent that all fire fighters maintain their physical fitness throughout their employment and career.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
- High School graduate with a diploma or GED equivalent
- Valid Driver’s License
- 60 post high school credits from an accredited technical college or university.
- Wisconsin State Certification as a Fire Fighter 1
- Wisconsin State Licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic or Paramedic
- Wisconsin State Certification as a Fire Fighter 2 completed within 18 month probation period
- Wisconsin State Certification as Driver/Operator competed within 18 month probation period
Fire Fighting is not just a job, it is a career. We strongly encourage all members to take an active role in the fire department, and all training opportunities throughout the area.Supplemental Information
Note: If you will graduate from an accredited technical college or university in May of 2017 you will be allowed to apply for this position now HOWEVER it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to provide certified copies of your transcript NO LATER THAN Friday June 9th, 2017 at 5 pm to continue in this recruitment process. If your certified transcripts are NOT PROVIDED by June 9th, 2017 at 5 pm you will automatically be removed from the process.
The entry-level firefighter written test consists of three components: a reading ability component, a cognitive ability component and a work styles component. The Candidate Test Preparation Manual (TPM) is a reading comprehension test and consists of five chapters describing information needed to prepare for this test. Candidates study this Manual for 3 to 5 weeks and then take a multiple-choice written test measuring their retention of the study material. All of the test items in the reading ability component will also come from the Candidate Test Preparation Manual (TPM). General cognitive ability component consists of general math, and word problems. The work styles component of the test measures traits and characteristics that have been shown to impact performance on the job. It is strongly recommended that you acquire the newest edition of the Test Preparation Manual as soon as possible in preparation for the written exam.
TO ORDER YOUR TPM AND PRACTICE TEST, go to http://www.fpsi.com/firefighter-applicants/
BASIC APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
All applicants must attach the Affidavit for Release of Information to their application. This requires you to print out a copy, sign that copy, obtain notarization seal from Notary Service, scan the document into an Adobe PDF file and then attach it to their application. Please also mail in the hard copy with notary seal NO LATER THAN APRIL 7th, 2017.
Affidavit for Release of Information can be obtained here: http://www.cityofracine.org/Departments/Human-Resources/_Documents/Affidavit-for-release/
The following MUST be attached to your electronic application. Adobe PDF is the preferred format for these documents.
- Copy of the Affidavit Authorizing Release of Information (notarized)
- 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.
After scanning and attaching the Affidavit Authorizing Release of Information (notarized) please mail or drop off the hard copy at the City of Racine Human Resources Office, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 204, Racine, WI 53403
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 APRIL 7th, 2017. This documentation may be mailed or dropped off at the City of Racine Human Resources Office, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 204, Racine, WI 53403
ONLY MAY 2017 GRADUATES will be allowed to submit transcripts up until June 9, 2017.
The written examination will take place at Gateway Technical College in the Great Lakes Room -Room 116, on a Saturday Mid to Late April 2017 at 9:00 am. You will be advised on the exact date.
Check-in will start at 8:00 am. You are urged to arrive early to check in as testing will begin promptly at 9:00 am. NO LATE ADMISSIONS!
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 by June 9th, 2017. 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.
Background Checks may be conducted at any time during the application process.
Candidates who successfully pass the written exam, CPAT, and successfully complete a background check may advance to the oral interview process with the Racine Police and Fire Commission.
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.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.