Firefighter: West Des Moines Iowa Deadline: March 22, 2018


Deadline: March 22, 2018

Salary: $50,203 Annually

Job Description:


Tentative Start Date

The final certified list will be valid for up to one year should vacancies occur. 

Residency Requirement 

Employees shall reside within sixty (60) minutes normal drive time measured on a drivable route from the employee’s residence to the closest West Des Moines city limit. Must be an Iowa resident within two years of hire date and maintain residency throughout duration of employment.   

Job Summary & Requirements

Under the general direction of the Lieutenant, works a rotating 24 hour shift based schedule performing fire suppression activities to save life and property, rescue operations, and fire prevention activities (school visits, public relations, fire inspections, etc.). Performs a variety of emergency medical operations in coordination with EMS department personnel. Performs routine vehicle, tool, and facility maintenance on a daily basis.

Requires High School Diploma or GED (firefighter I and EMT certification preferred); valid Iowa driver’s license; and good driving record; Must also have the ability to lift, drag, and/or carry heavy objects, in excess of 100 lbs; the ability to maintain good physical condition as required by the job and MFPRSI standards; and the ability to report to work as scheduled on time.

Civil Service Exam

Only those applicants submitting the required application materials and meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to take a written examination. Applicants receiving a passing score on the written exam will be invited to participate in the CPAT. See Special Note # 1. Applicants receiving the top 30 passing scores on the written exam and passing the CPAT will be invited to participate in the Oral Board Interview. The date, time, and location of the exam(s) will be provided to applicants who meet the requirements. Applicants must pass each test to be considered for placement on the Certified List.

Special Notes

Special Note # 1: All applicants that pass the written exam are required to attend the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Orientation. To be eligible to participate in the CPAT practice sessions, you must attend the CPAT Orientation.

Special Note # 2: The written exam will tentatively take place the week of April 16, 2018. The CPAT Orientation and practice dates CPAT will be in May – June 2018. The CPAT Final will be June 27, 2018.

Special Note # 3: The CPAT — Candidate Preparation Guide is included online. Applicants passing the written exam will be given the opportunity to practice the CPAT prior to the CPAT testing date. See Special Note # 1 and # 2.

Physical/Drug Test

Post offer pre-employment physical, drug test, and psychological evaluation required.          

Steps to Apply:

1. Profile: You must complete an online profile. This includes ALL sections of the profile. (Link to online application system provided below)

2. Attachments: You must attach the following documents to your profile under the “My Attachments” section:

a) High School Diploma
b) IF you’ve completed and passed a CPAT exam within the last year, you will need to attach that documentation.

3. Qualifications: Under the My Qualifications section, make sure to list any certifications you currently hold. This may include, but not limited to: Firefighter I or II certification, EMT-B or CPR Certification.

4. Applying for Position: Once you have completed your profile, you MUST apply for the position (The link to Apply is located on the right side of the main menu. An email will be sent confirming you have applied. It will also be displayed in the My Application History section).            

CPAT Preparation Guide

All steps MUST be completed before the posted deadline to be considered for this position. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616.

Deadline to Apply

March 22nd, 2018 @ 11:59 PM CSTApply Here!

City of West Des Moines Online Application System

Application Materials & Related Documents

Full Job Descriptions

You will need to complete an online profile and apply for this position online. There are Instruction Sheets under the Employment section of our City website as well as a number of topics in our FAQ section. If after reviewing these help guides you still need additional help, please visit or contact Human Resources 515-222-3616.

If you are currently employed with the City of West Des Moines (including in a Paid-On-Call capacity), or if you have been employed with the City in the last three years, do NOT create a new profile. Contact Human Resources at 515-222-3616 for instructions on how to log in.

**If you have applied for a position with the City of West Des Moines since July 2009, please refer to the instruction sheets before creating a new profile.**

 Contact Information 

Human Resources, 2nd floor
4200 Mills Civic Parkway
PO Box 65320
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265-0320
515-222-3616 (phone)
515-273-0601 (fax)

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


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