Firefighter/Paramedic: City of Waukesha Deadline: January 23, 2020

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Deadline: January 23, 2020

Salary: $49,416.00 – $77,598.00 Annually

Job Description:


The City of Waukesha Board of Police and Fire Commissioners is accepting applications for the position of entry level firefighter/paramedic. Individuals who apply should be of excellent moral character and have a commitment to personal integrity and honesty.  Minimum requirements to apply include (by date of application):

  • 18 years of age
  • High school graduate or recognized equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter Level II**
  • Current State of Wisconsin Paramedic {EMT-P} License**
  • Current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification
    • Certification must be obtained within 1 year prior to date of the CPAT offering listed in the 2020-1 process timeline, and from an agency certified by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Firefighters to administer the exam.
    • Applicants who are currently not CPAT certified, will be given an opportunity as part of this recruitment process to become CPAT certified for the City of Waukesha process only.

**Applicants who are certified Firefighter II bearing the seal of IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress)/Pro-Board Equivalent and/or certified Paramedic with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians but are NOT certified and/or licensed by the State of Wisconsin are encouraged to apply. (Reciprocity requirements for State of Wisconsin certification and licensure must be completed and official State of Wisconsin Certification and Licensure submitted in order to be invited for an interview with the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Commission.

**Applicants who are at least Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter I and/or State of Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will be considered eligible to participate in the process (up to the final interview with the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Commission), as long as written documentation from the academic institution showing proof of enrollment and status of good standing in a State of Wisconsin Paramedic license program and/or State of Wisconsin certified Firefighter Level II program is provided and attached to application. State of Wisconsin Firefighter II certification and State of Wisconsin Paramedic licensure must be submitted in order to be invited for an interview with the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Commission.
An eligibility list will be developed for subsequent employment selection. As per current collective bargaining agreement, 2020 starting salary for Firefighter is $49,416. (After five years of employment, salary is $77,598.)  Application is available at and must be submitted by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Please ensure that you have attached ALL documents required for this application process, as detailed above. To be considered for participation in this recruitment process, you must attach (or submit as otherwise instructed) the following documents (NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AT THIS TIME):

  • Copy of State of Wisconsin certification for Firefighter Level II or certificate that bears the seal of IFSAC/Pro-Board or documentation indicating Firefighter I and enrollment /Intention to complete Firefighter II Certification.
  • Copy of State of Wisconsin Paramedic License, National Registry Paramedic Certification or documentation indicating State of Wisconsin EMT and enrollment /Intention to complete Paramedic Licensure.
  • If applicable, copy of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from an agency certified by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and International Association of Firefighters.
  • Current Resume

Additional information on the recruitment process can be found at:

The current recruitment timeline (subject to change) can be found at:

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls, controls and extinguishes all types of fires, protects life and property, and maintains equipment and apparatus of the Fire Department.

Works under direct supervision and in accordance with department policies, practices, procedures, rules and regulations.  Makes few contacts beyond immediate coworkers.

1.   Receives alarms and monitors radio messages responding to fire alarms and other emergency calls.
2.   Use equipment such as trucks, hose, ladders, power tools, respirators, extinguishers, pike poles, bars life lines, etc., in fighting fires.
3.   Selects hose nozzle and directs stream of water or chemicals, depending on type of fire.
4.   Positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings or to assist individuals from burning structures.
5.   Creates openings in structures for ventilation or entrance, using forcible entry tools such as ax, chisel, crowbar, electric saw, core cutter, and other power equipment.
6.   Protects property from water and smoke by use of waterproof salvage covers, sweeping of water, smoke ejectors, deodorants and removal of debris.
7.   Administers first aid and artificial respiration to injured persons and those overcome by fire and smoke.
8.   Performs rescue work of persons in danger from fire, drowning, accident, etc. and assist in medical emergencies as a first responder, ambulance attendant, or paramedic.
9.   Communicates with supervisor during fire, using portable two-way radio.
10.  Performs general maintenance work relative to fire department apparatus, quarters, buildings, equipment, grounds, and hydrants.
11.  Participates in training drills, demonstrations, and courses in hydraulics, pump operation and maintenance, and fire fighting techniques.
12.  May fill fire extinguishers.
13.  Drive or ride and operate department vehicles and equipment to scene of fire or other emergency under special safety regulations.
14.   Make visits with Fire Inspection personnel to become familiar with locations, industries, buildings, floor plans stand pipe connections, power sources, hydrant location, explosive and flammable storage areas, etc.
15.  May be assigned duties to shop for and prepare wholesome meals.
16.  Performs other related duties as necessary.


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


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