Firefighter/Paramedic: Waukesha Wisconsin Deadline: February 22, 2019

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Deadline: February 22, 2019

Salary: $48,329.00 – $75,890.00 Annually

Job Description:


The City of Waukesha Board of Police and Fire Commissioners is accepting applications for the position of entry level firefighter personnel. 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 submission deadline):

  • 19 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**
**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 NOT licensed by the State of Wisconsin are encouraged to apply.  (Applicants must possess State of Wisconsin certification and license by date of appointment.)
**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 all phases of the recruitment/testing process, but must provide 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, with a completion date prior to December 1, 2019. (Applicants will not be eligible to participate in an interview with the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Commission until all requirements have been met.)
  • Current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification (from an agency certified by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Firefighters to administer the exam). The date of passing CPAT shall be no more than twelve months prior to the date of a conditional offer of employment.++
++The City of Waukesha Fire Department accepts CPAT certification from other agencies. Applicants who are not currently CPAT Certified, will be given an opportunity as part of this recruitment process to become CPAT certified for the City of Waukesha only. 

An eligibility list will be developed for subsequent employment selection. As per current collective bargaining agreement, 2019 starting salary for Firefighter is $48,329. (After five years of employment, salary is $75,890.)  Application is available at  and must be submitted by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019.
Please note that the City of Waukesha plans to begin another recruitment process for 2020 in the Fall of 2019.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.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

  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

Supplemental information

(TENTATIVE – 2019)

1.   Commission Approval of Timeline………………………………………  January 28, 2019
2.   Advertisement of Process………………………………………………….   Starting February 4, 2019
3.   Applications Available……………………………………………………….    February 4 – 22, 2019
4.   Applications Due………………………………………………………………     February 22, 2019 (4:00 p.m.)

~Applicants will be notified via email of eligibility and Written Exam sign up instructions.

5.   Written Examination (Applicant to select)……………………………March 14, 2019 (9:00 am) or
                                                                                                        March 14, 2019 (5:30 pm) or
                                                                                                        March 15, 2019 (9:00 am)
            (Location **City of Waukesha Fire Department Station 1)

~Eligible applicants who possess a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification, skip items 6, 7 & 10 below (certification must be from an agency certified by the IAFC and IAFF to administer CPAT).

6.   CPAT Orientation……………………………………………………………….  March 14 & 15, 2019
                                                                                                      (Immediately following Written Exam)
            (Location ***City of Waukesha Fire Department Training Center)
7.   CPAT Practice Sessions ……………………………………………………..March 19, 23, & 27, 2019
           (Location ***City of Waukesha Fire Department Training Center)

~Eligible candidates may achieve official City of Waukesha CPAT certification at any of the scheduled practice sessions.
~Eligible candidates who have a passing score on the written exam, will be notified via email of their scheduled Fire Department Interview date and time.

8.   Fire Department Interview…………………………………………………….April 8-12, 2019 (week of)
            (Location **City of Waukesha Fire Department Station 1)
9.   Commission Interview………………………………………………………….April 22, 2019 (1st Round)
                                                                                                       Date(s) TBA (2nd Round)
             (Location **City of Waukesha Fire Department Station 1)  
10. Candidate Physical Ability Test…………………………………………   May 14, 2019 (alt. May 21, 2019)
            (Location ***City of Waukesha Fire Department Training Center)

~Eligible candidates not possessing CPAT certification by this date must participate and successfully complete Item 10 to participate in the 2nd Round of Commission Interviews (dates TBA).
Location Addresses:
**City of Waukesha Fire Department Station 1 Address: 130 W. St. Paul Avenue; Waukesha, WI
***City of Waukesha Fire Department Training Center Address: 900 Sentry Drive; Waukesha, WI
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AC Joseph Hoffman via email at or by telephone at (262) 524-3668.
NOTE:   The City of Waukesha FIRE DEPARTMENT anticipates beginning the next recruitment process in Fall of 2019.

The City of Waukesha Fire Department is a career department with 100 full time Firefighters and Officers.  We are a group of professionals, working together to save lives and property.  We provide fire suppression, technical rescue, county-wide hazardous material response, emergency medical services (basic [EMT] and advanced life support [paramedic]), as well as public education and inspection services.  We respond from five- (5) fire stations, protecting approximately 72,000 citizens in a 23.5 sq. mile radius (approx.).
Firefighters receive approximately 200 hours of basic instruction over a four- (4) week recruit program and an additional 200 hours of education and evaluation over an 18-month probationary period.  The annual starting pay for the position of firefighter is $48,329 (2019 – 2021 labor agreement) with excellent fringe benefits that include medical and 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.  Firefighters can be promoted to the positions of equipment operator, fire lieutenant, and fire prevention inspector, to name a few.
Today’s firefighters are men and women of all races and creeds who provide public safety services to the citizens of Waukesha.  These firefighters fight fires, provide emergency medical services, and perform related public safety tasks, which may include the following essential functions:

  1. Operating all types of fire and rescue equipment, including fire extinguishers, forcible entry tools, aerial ladder equipment, emergency medical equipment, and hose lines with nozzles.
  2. Responding to emergency medical incidents, analyzing patient needs, and administering advanced emergency medical assistance.
  3. Responding to a variety of general emergency rescue calls such as auto accidents, gas system leaks, and public assistance (helping the elderly and disabled individuals with a problem).
  4. Performing search and rescue of individuals in hazardous environments including fire situations, collapsed buildings, automobile accidents, hazardous materials spills, and confined spaces.

Firefighters report to a Lieutenant 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 station duties such as vacuuming, cooking, and cleaning.  Just as with family members, good communication skills are a must while working in these close quarters.
Firefighting can be 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 implements over prolonged periods of time.  Because fires spread rapidly, firefighters must work quickly.  This urgency places a considerable burden on the firefighter’s endurance.
Firefighting is always conducted while wearing heavy, protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus (weighing approximately 45 pounds), greatly reducing the body’s ability to cool itself.  The weight of the protective gear alone increases the difficulty of “routine” tasks by 33 percent, which underscores the importance of strength and stamina.  Physical fitness (principally cardio-respiratory fitness) greatly influences how well and how safely firefighters can cope with the potentially dangerous heat stress.

Firefighting is periodically conducted in extremely hot and toxic environments.  This greatly increases the physical and mental stress associated with performing otherwise routine firefighting tasks.
The firefighting entrance examination 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 weeks of intensive and strenuous training.
Written Examination
Qualified applicants who submit an accurately completed application packet will be offered the opportunity to participate in the written examination.  The written examination is comprised of three– (3) sections (Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, and Math), and is designed to evaluate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for further consideration in an entry-level firefighter position.  The test lasts approximately two (2) hours.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Applicants receiving a score of 70 percent or higher in each of the three- (3) sections of the written examination may be scheduled for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).  The CPAT demonstrates your ability to perform some of the physical tasks that firefighters must perform (i.e. carrying and raising ladders; dragging, carrying and advancing fire hoses; rescuing victims; etc.)  Applicants who successfully complete the CPAT may advance to an oral interview.
Key points in preparing for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT):

  1. Begin training now.  The job of a firefighter is physically demanding and a continuous factor in your ability to maintain the qualifications for the job.
  2. Consult with a doctor before beginning any physical training activities.
  3. Any physical preparation should include cardiopulmonary fitness (heart and lungs), physical strength, and muscle endurance training.
  4. Physical training routines are available at libraries and book stores (this is optional and cost is to applicant).
  5. To prepare for the CPAT, candidates should utilize the “Candidate Physical Ability Test Orientation Guide” and the “Preparation Guide for the Candidate Physical Ability Test”, which will be distributed on the day of the Written Examination.

Oral Interview(s)
Initial Oral interviews are conducted by fire department Chief Officers, with a final interview being conducted by the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Commission.  An “Eligibility List” is ultimately established, and is comprised of the names of applicants successfully completing both interviews.
As position(s) become vacant, selected candidates are subject to a thorough background check and subsequently, may be given a conditional offer of employment, which is subject to a comprehensive medical examination and a psychological suitability screening.  Successful completion of these elements may result in a final offer of employment being extended to candidate(s).


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


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