Firefighter/Paramedic: Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Deadline: September 7, 2018

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Deadline: September 7, 2018

Salary: $49,009.14 Annually

Job Description:

The City of Wisconsin Rapids Police and Fire Commission is currently accepting applications to establish an eligibility list for the position of entry level Firefighter/Paramedic. All previous eligibility lists will become null and void.

Minimum Requirements

  •   U.S. Citizenship.
  •   A minimum of age 18 at time of hire.
  •   Possess a valid WI Driver’s License.
  •   Education; an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements at time of hire:
    1. 1)  Associate degree in Fire Protection, Fire Science, or Paramedicine. OR
    2. 2)  Minimum of 60 college-level credits in a related field.
  •   Nationally Registered and/or State of Wisconsin licensed EMT-Paramedic at time of hire.
  •   Firefighter I & II Certification (WTCS Board or IFSAC Accredited) at time of hire.
  •   A valid CPAT certificate at time of hire.
  •   Must be of good character verified by background investigation prior to hire.
  •   Reside within 15 miles of the boundaries of the City of Wisconsin Rapids within one year from date of hire.
  •   Any certifications or licenses referred to in the above subsections must be current at time of application and

    supporting documentation must be provided at the time of application.


    Starting salary for 2018 is $49,009.14, with increases at 6 and 12 months, plus an attractive fringe benefit package, to include group health, dental, and life insurance and participation in the State Retirement Plan.

    Examination Procedures

    A State of Wisconsin written examination will be offered to qualified candidates at City Hall in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, September 22. Candidates that have a valid (no older than 6 months) written test score can opt not to retake the written examination.

    Application Procedure

    Application materials may be obtained from our website: (Human Resources, Job Opportunities)

    and must be completed and received by Dawn Desorcy not later than 4:30 p.m. on September 7, 2018.

    City of Wisconsin Rapids Police and Fire Commission 444 West Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-2780 (715) 421-8240
    Equal Opportunity Employer



    All application materials for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic must be completed and received by Dawn Desorcy not later than 4:30 p.m. on September 7, 2018. Required application materials include application, advanced educational transcripts, certificates, licenses, and degrees.


    Your application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the minimum qualifications. If you have met the qualifications, you will be invited to take the written examination if you do not have a current score (within 6 months).

    1. Physical Ability Examination:
      All applicants must have a current “Candidate Physical Ability Test” (CPAT) Certification at time of hire.
    2. Written Exam:
      The written examination is composed of a number of multiple choice questions and covers reading comprehension, problem analysis, math, and reasoning problems. This test is administered by the State of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Personnel Partners, and will be held in Wisconsin Rapids City Hall Council Chambers on Saturday, September 22, 2018. You must be on time and ready for the examination. If you require reasonable accommodation for the examination, you must contact Dawn Desorcy no later than September 10, 2018.
    3. Interview with PFC:

      Based upon the results of the written and physical ability examinations, and other qualifications a candidate may possess, candidates may be invited to participate in an interview before members of the Police and Fire Commission. Candidates will be asked a series of questions to determine their suitability for employment with the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department. All candidates will be asked the same questions; however, the commission reserves the right to ask follow-up questions.


    The Police and Fire Commission will compile a list of qualified candidates. This list will be forwarded to the Fire Chief for further review and action.


    When a vacancy exists or is anticipated, the Fire Chief may select candidates from the eligibility list for an intradepartmental interview. The interview will be conducted by members of the department as selected by the Fire Chief.


    If you are selected as a finalist, an extensive investigation of your background will be conducted. Any false or misleading information provided by you will be cause for rejection or termination.


    Upon successful completion of all other phases of the pre-employment process, you may be offered an offer of employment. This offer is contingent upon satisfactory results from a Medical Examination, Psychological Examination and Drug Screening.


    Wisconsin Statutes provide that the Police and Fire Commission approve all permanent appointments to the Fire Department.


    The Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department is headed by the Fire Chief who reports directly to the Mayor. Immediately under the Fire Chief is the Deputy Chief of Operations, the organization’s second in command. There are three Captains who are the Crew Commanders and are in charge of all fire/EMS functions on their respective crews.

    Each of the three crews consists of one Captain, one Lieutenant, three Motor Pump Operators, and seven Firefighter/Paramedics.

    The Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department (WRFD) is responsible for the operation of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the paramedic level of care, working out of two stations. All of the department’s 35 members are state licensed Paramedics. An essential part of a Firefighter/Paramedic’s work involves performing basic and advanced life support procedures and transporting patients. Approximately 80-90% of the department’s emergency responses are EMS related. The WRFD also conducts approximately 400-500 interfacility transfers (IFTs) per year. In addition to fire and EMS response, the WRFD is a Class B Haz Mat team trained to the technician level of mitigation. Additional responsibilities include technical rescue, such as swift water, high angle, confined space, and vehicle extrication; fire prevention activities, such as fire inspections; fire education activities, such as public education.

    1. Currently, employees participate in an excellent group health, dental and life insurance program.
    2. Participation in the Wisconsin Retirement Plan.
    3. Currently, a total of ten paid holidays and one week’s vacation are earned during the first year. Two weeks’ vacation is earned the second year with a graduated schedule of six weeks after 24 years.
    4. The City provides many other fringe benefits, such as uniform allowance, funeral, sick, and personal leave, etc.
    1. The established work schedule is currently 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty (Chicago schedule).
    2. Partial tuition reimbursement for professional development.

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

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