Firefighter: West Palm Beach Florida Deadline: February 6, 2016

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Deadline: February 6, 2016

Job Description:

The following is a list of items that are required to be uploaded and submitted along with an online City of West Palm Beach employment application. Copies of certifications and licenses must be valid at application closing date. Correct and timely completion of the application is a required step in the application process. Any applications not containing all information at the time of closing will be viewed as an incomplete application and will not be considered for employment.

  • City of West Palm Beach online employment application
  • City of West Palm Beach Firefighter Application Part 2 Tobacco Affidavit (Notarized)
  • Firefighter as approved by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards CPR Healthcare Provider Card
  • Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • CPAT (IAFF/IAFC National Standard) or Broward County Wide Ability test within one (1) year of application closing date
  • ACLS Card (If Applicable/Paramedic Only)
  • Emergency Vehicles Operator Course (EVOC)
  • Florida Paramedic (If Applicable)
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid State of Florida Driver’s License. Valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license on hire date.
  • If applicable, attach documentation of eligibility for Veteran’s preference (Form DD-214)

♦ Only attach requested documents. Additional licenses, certifications, education and resumes will be requested later on in the hiring process.

For your current status or for more detailed information on the status of your application check your iRecruitment Account.


Failure to complete any of the required steps below will disqualify your application. The selection process also consists of an evaluation of training, education, and a review of records.

Employment Application – Online.

Supplemental Application – Complete and attach to on-line application. Attention MAC Users: A Mac file or Mac-formatted disk cannot be read on a personal computer. As a result, please refrain from using the MAC application “Previewer” function when saving your supplemental application. In order for your application to be reviewed by our department, it must be saved in an appropriate format, such as Microsoft Word for Windows document (*doc) or converted to a Microsoft Word for PDF file. Supplemental applications submitted in any other format are not visible for application screening purposes and unfortunately, will not be permitted.

Screening of Application – Ensures each candidate meets minimum Posting requirements and standards.

Written Examination – Based on the Essentials of Firefighting 6th Edition and Prehospital Emergency Care, 10th Edition by Joseph J. Mistovich, Keith J. Karren, Brent Hafen.

February 26, 2016 Time @ 2:00 p.m.
Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center at Gaines Park 1505 N. Australian Ave.
West Palm Beach FL 33401

Practical Scenario

March 11, 2016 – You will be notified of your time and location.
Structured Oral Interview – You will be notified of your interview date and time. Conditional Offer of Employment
Background Investigation
Psychological Evaluation

Post Offer Physical, Drug & Alcohol Screening Final Offer of Employment
Firefighter Orientation


Fire Prevention and Control Chapter 633

633.34 Firefighters; Qualifications for Employment.

Any person applying for employment as a firefighter must:

  1. Be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as the term may be determined by the division, and at least 18 years of age.
  2. Neither have been convicted of a felony nor of a misdemeanor directly related to the position of employment sought, nor have pled nolo contendre to any charge of a felony. If an applicant has been convicted of a felony, such applicant must be in compliance with s.112.011(2)(b). If an applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor directly related to the position of employment sought, such applicant shall be excluded from employment for a period of 4 years after expiration of sentence. If the sentence is suspended or adjudication is withheld in a felony charge or in a misdemeanor directly related to the position or employment sought and a period of probation is imposed, the applicant must have been released from probation.
  3. Submit a fingerprint card to the division with a current processing fee. The fingerprint card will be forwarded to the Department of Law Enforcement and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  4. Have a good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure established by the division.
  5. Be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination given by a physician or surgeon licensed to practice in the state pursuant to chapter 458, or an osteopathic physician or surgeon licensed to practice in the state pursuant to chapter 459. Such examination may include, but need not be limited to, provisions of the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1582. A medical examination evidencing good physical condition shall be submitted to the division, on a form as provided by rule, before an individual is eligible for admission into a firefighter training program as defined in s.633.35.
  6. Be a nonuser of tobacco products for at least 1 year immediately preceding application, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant.


Under close supervision, performs fire suppression and fire prevention duties to protect life and property; provides emergency rescue and basic medical treatment as required; utilizes various tools and power equipment in rescue operations; maintains department equipment, vehicles and facilities; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)

  1. Responds to fire alarms with assigned company; lays and connects hose; maintains pumping apparatus; holds nozzles and directs water streams; raises and climbs ladders; assists in freeing victims from situations in which they are physically trapped; performs surface water rescue of victims; utilizes and maintains self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  2. Operates all types of firefighting and rescue equipment such as portable fire extinguishers, power tools, hand tools and related equipment such as smoke ejectors, forcible entry tools, pike poles and axes.
  3. Administers first aid; assists paramedics at medical emergencies; applies techniques for the control of bleeding; utilizes immobilization techniques to stabilize patient; performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  4. Participates in fire and life safety inspection activities and other fire prevention and public education activities as assigned. Maintains appropriate records and files.
  5. Attends training sessions that include firefighting techniques, emergency medical care, and the proper use of all equipment and related tools.
  6. Performs various duties in the maintenance of station facilities and auxiliary equipment. Washes, dries, polishes, and cleans fire department apparatus and equipment.
  7. Inspects fire equipment to ensure proper operation.
  8. Acts as driver of emergency vehicles, as needed.


  • Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of modern firefighting.
  • Knowledge of Building Construction as it relates to public safety.
  • Knowledge of fire apparatus, equipment, tools, devices, facilities and the proper use and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of emergency medical procedures such as advanced firstaid, CPR and other medical assistance techniques.
  • Knowledge of decontamination procedures.
  • Skill in basic firefighting techniques.
  • Skill in operating and maintaining voice radio equipment.
  • Skill in selecting and applying appropriate emergency treatment and using specialized equipment and apparatus.
  • Skill in analyzing fire and emergency situations and providing an effective course of action.
  • Skill in effectively dealing with people under stress.
  • Skill in effective interpersonal communication and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in the use of computers and related software.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed under a potentially unsafe work setting and may have exposure to hostile situations. There is frequent need to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel, bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time to perform emergency medical services or performs duties on the fire ground, lift arms above shoulder level, and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. There is frequent need to pull, push, lift and/or move objects of 100 pounds or more, such as removing hose from apparatus, pulling ceilings, starting power equipment, and opening doors on the apparatus. There is also the risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens, chemicals, mechanical parts and other hazards. Incumbent will be required to work at heights greater than ten feet and tolerate extreme fluctuations in temperature while performing job duties. The incumbent will be required to use self-contained breathing apparatus and protective clothing to prevent exposure to hazardous materials and infectious diseases. The incumbent must have a good driving record with no convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or control substances and must not had a driver’s license suspended. The incumbent must be a non-user of tobacco or tobacco products. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma from an institution recognized by the Florida Department of Education or GED. A valid State of Florida Driver’s License – Valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license on hire date. Must possess and maintain State of Florida Certification for Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Paramedic. Must possess and maintain valid Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card at the Health Care Provider level. Must have successfully completed the CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) or Broward County Wide Ability test within one (1) year of application closing date. Must have documentation attesting the successful completion of an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC), or reasonable equivalent, as approved by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

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

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