Firefighter: Tumwater Washington Deadline: June 7, 2019

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Deadline: June 7, 2019

Salary: $5,287.00 – $7,553.00 Monthly

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties/Supervision

The City of Tumwater is actively seeking qualified applicants for the position of Firefighter. Applicants interested in this position must complete the Fire Selection Tool written test through Public Safety Testing. Please visit their website ( to register for testing. Be sure to select Tumwater Fire Department under the Puget Sound agency section. 

Candidates must score 80% or more on the written test and submit their scores to Tumwater by 5:00 p.m. on June 7, 2019. All qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a speed interview. See below for full recruitment process and schedule.
City of Tumwater application materials will be collected at a later date and only from those candidates that are invited to participate in the Oral Board interviews.
*A valid Certified Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is required by September 1, 2019. If a candidate does not have a valid CPAT certification and receives a conditional offer, the City will pay the CPAT testing fee.
Note: CPAT will be accepted from PST or another agency provider licensed by the IAFF/IAFC. Certification must be provided by September 1, 2019. To be valid, CPAT testing must be completed between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.
The City of Tumwater will hire five (5) Firefighters in 2019. The eligibility register created from this recruitment will be valid for one year.
You are encouraged to print a copy of this job announcement for your reference as the process moves along. Please refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information on the City of Tumwater website at

Essential Job Duties

About the Position
Firefighters provide emergency assistance and protective services to people in our community. They are trained and equipped to protect life and property threatened by disaster, fire, explosion, hazardous materials, illness, accidents and other hazards. Firefighters perform rescue and emergency medical services in accordance with Thurston County Medic One protocols. Work may involve environments that are dangerous to life and health. Strenuous physical exertion under stressful conditions may be required during training and emergency scene operations. The work environment includes, but is not limited to, confined spaces, temperature extremes, inclement weather, extreme heights, exposure to diseases, and violent acts.
The career firefighter also conducts or participates in non-emergency services, including training, pre-incident planning, fire/injury prevention, public education, building inspections, public relations, facility and equipment maintenance, apparatus and equipment checks, report writing, and other activities. 
Supervision: Direct supervision is from a superior firefighter, Fire Lieutenant, or Fire Captain. Performance evaluations are conducted by a Company Officer.
Essential Functions: Typical firefighter tasks and or assignments include but are not limited to:

  1. Compliant with Agency policies, guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  2. Responds to emergencies.
  3. Public education, outreach, and training.
  4. Participates in assigned training.
  5. Responds to customer requests.
  6. Operating agency equipment and apparatus.
  7. Physical training/conditioning.
  8. Obtaining and retaining Agency-required professional certifications.
  9. Timely and accurate documentation of activities.
  10. Operating a variety of telecommunication tools and computer programs.
  11. Mentoring other firefighters.
  12. Opportunity to work out of class after sufficient training and experience is completed.
  13. Other duties as assigned.

Contacts: Firefighters routinely come in contact with the general public, law enforcement personnel, medical professionals, and fire service personnel from other jurisdictions. Contacts with the public are generally in emergency and stressful situations, which require the employee to present and maintain a professional, service-oriented public image. Firefighters must be able to use tact, discretion, and may exercise independent judgment in emergency or dangerous situations.
Accountability: Firefighters are accountable for maintaining public safety through fire suppression and prevention, basic life support emergency medical response, and for compliance with departmental or other policies, procedures, regulations and/or codes.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to work in a closely managed, paramilitary management system.
  2. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and comply with safety regulations.
  3. Ability to work under hazardous conditions using proper techniques and wearing proper equipment.
  4. Ability to learn principles and techniques of modern fire suppression, prevention and lifesaving procedures and techniques.
  5. Ability to maintain composure and self-control under adverse conditions.
  6. Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of the others.
  7. Ability to interact and communicate effectively with people of different genders, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, and experiences. Multilingual skills are desirable.
  8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees and external partners.
  9. Ability to meet adopted performance standards.
  10. Ability to hold self in readiness at all times to answer calls, accept authority, and obey orders from superiors.
  11. Ability to attend school, conferences, and training sessions, keeping current in tactics and other information related to this position.
  12. Ability to work/operate cooperatively in small groups and team environments to accomplish mission, task, and/or assignments.
  13. Must be able to drive fire apparatus, medic units, and Agency vehicles.
  14. Ability to understands and adheres to the Agency’s policies, procedures and operating guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Must have (at the time of hire) and maintain throughout employment a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  2. Maintain good driving record as required by Agency policy.
  3. Minimum of accredited high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  4. Successfully pass Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

Training Requirements:

  1. Successfully complete an Agency-recognized firefighter recruit academy.
  2. Obtain Washington Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification as required by Thurston County Medic One within one (1) year of appointment and maintain throughout the period of employment.
  3. Obtain IFSAC Firefighter I within the first year of employment.
  4. Obtain IFSAC Firefighter II with the first two (2) years of employment.
  5. Complete the Washington State Fire Fighters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) program for Firefighter within first three (3) years.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age at time of appointment.
  2. Must be able to read, utilize a computer (screen, keyboard, etc.), write, and understand various reports, letters, documents, emails, training materials, etc.
  3. Frequent movement is necessary in a fire station setting, in meetings and/or training, at conferences, ext., for long periods.
  4. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs and/or ladders; occasionally positions self to reach high/low work spaces; occasionally kneels, stoops, crouches, or crawls.
  5. Must successfully pass Agency’s requirements for fitness for duty test and SCBA/HEPA mask fit test.
  6. Lifting and or moving up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifting or moving up to 150 pounds.
  7. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Corrected vision is permitted.
  8. Frequently operates a computer and other office production machinery such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  9. Frequently works in an indoor or outdoor setting; occasionally required to work for prolonged periods without rest during disasters or in inclement weather.
  10. Must successfully pass the Agency’s pre-hire background, medical physical, drug screen, and suitability testing.

Working Conditions:

  1. Firefighters work in a team environment.
  2. Shifts are generally 24 hours.
  3. Training outside the normal shift schedule will be required.
  4. Subject to callback situations.
  5. Work in various indoor settings including living quarters, office areas, classrooms, automotive, mechanical, and other storage areas.
  6. Majority of work is performed preparing or responding to emergency situations, indoors or outdoors, including exposure to hazards associated with firefighting, emergency medical response, rescue operations, natural and manmade disasters.

Firefighters are exposed to physically and mentally stressful situations, including trauma, illness, contagious diseases, extreme temperatures, and contaminated environments.Selection Criteria

Step 1: Applicants interested in this position must complete the written exam (Firefighter Selection Tool) through Public Safety Testing (PST) and release their scores to Tumwater. Please visit the Public Safety testing website ( for information regarding the testing process. All written tests must be completed by June 7, 2019.
Note: A valid CPAT certification is required by September 1, 2019. If a candidate does not have a valid CPAT certification and receives a conditional offer, the City will pay the CPAT testing fee.
Step 2: All candidates with a combined score of 80.00% on the PST written test will invited to participate in 9-minute speed interviews scheduled for June 24-28, 2019, in Tumwater. Candidates must pass with a minimum of 70% to be considered for the next step. Volunteer points are added to passing scores for those that qualify.
Step 3: Top candidates from speed interviews will be invited to participate in oral board interviews scheduled for July 8-11, 2019, in Tumwater. At the time of invitation for oral boards, applicants will be required to complete a City of Tumwater application. Candidates must pass with a minimum of 70%.
Step 4: Candidates will be placed on a ranked eligibility register based on their scores achieved on PST Written Exam (30%) and the Oral Board Interviews (70%), plus Veteran’s preference. Final scores will be posted around July 12, 2019.
Step 5: The most qualified candidates will be invited to a Chief’s Interview scheduled for July 22-26, 2019 in Tumwater.
Step 6: Around July 31, 2019, conditional offers of employment will be issued. Candidates will be required to participate in pre-employment screenings, including a medical exam sometime between August  1-16. Candidates will not be required to stay in Tumwater the full duration of that time period, but must be available to attend the medical exam in Tumwater during that period.
A valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification is required by September 1, 2109. Proof of certification must be provided prior to this date. If a candidate does not have a valid CPAT certification and receives a conditional offer, the City will pay the CPAT testing fee. CPAT certification is accepted from PST or another agency provider licensed by the IAFF/IAFC. To be valid, CPAT testing must be completed between September 1, 2018 and September 1, 2019.
Step 7: September 3, 2019 – Successful candidates will begin Firefighter Recruit Academy located at Bates Technical College in Tacoma.
Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.


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


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