Firefighter- Spokane WA


Performs general duty firefighting work in the preventing, combating, and extinguishing of fires, and emergency medical functions.

Examples of Work

  • Responds to fire incidents with a company; lays hose; holds and directs nozzle and water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses standard firefighting equipment; removes persons from danger; administers emergency medical treatment; performs salvage and overhaul operations.
  • Performs fire prevention functions such as inspection of business establishments, apartment complexes and schools in assigned district. Assists residents in eliminating hazards and fire dangers.
  • Performs general housekeeping and maintenance work in the upkeep of the assigned station and equipment. Participates in the recovery, cleaning and inspection of equipment after incidents.
  • Drives and operates various automotive, mechanical, and auxiliary fire apparatus.
  • May be assigned specialized duties in addition to regular duties.
  • Responds to medical emergencies and operates emergency medical equipment and exercises clinical judgment within the licensed scope of practice.
  • May be assigned as a member of any apparatus staffed or operated by the Fire Department.
  • Periodically inspects assigned ”first-due” area and becomes familiar with buildings, locations and condition of fire hydrants, streets, potential fire hazards and dangers, and compiles comprehensive pre-incident plans.

Minimum Qualifications

Lateral Entry (Must be met at time of application.)

Education and Experience:
All Applicants must have high school diploma or equivalent, and at least three years of full-time experience as a professional firefighter; must be currently employed or have been laid off or retired in good standing within the past 12 months.

Licenses and Certifications (Applies to all applicants.)
Possession and evidence of the following are required:

  • valid driver’s license
  • valid Firefighter 1 certification
  • Hazmat Operations certification
  • National Registry EMT or Paramedic certification (applicants from other states must meet Washington State reciprocity requirements by time of hire)
  • EVIP certification or equivalent
  • CPAT passed within the previous 6 months

Procedural Requirements:
Applicants will specify the certifications for which they are qualified. The Fire Department will specify on their requisitions the certifications required to fill a vacant position and only those on the eligible list meeting such specification shall be certified.
NOTE: Minimum medical and health standards for this classification are established by state laws. All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass the necessary examinations prior to appointment.Examination Details

Applicants must pass the examination for this classification to be eligible for hire by the City of Spokane.

The exam will consist of the following:

1) A training and experience evaluation (T & E), weighted at 100% of the final score.

The T&E Evaluation is designed to elicit sufficient job-related information to evaluate the amount and quality of the applicant’s previous experience, as well as any other information deemed important to performing the duties of the position. The T&E consists of a Supplemental Questionnaire, which must be completed online at the time of application. The questions may be viewed online in the tab marked “QUESTIONS” on the job announcement. Full instructions are provided within the Supplemental Questionnaire.

:  Responses should be consistent with the information on your basic application and are subject to verification. It may be more efficient to develop your responses in a word processing document and then paste them into the online questionnaire as you complete your application for submission.

2) A CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test) from any CPAT-licensed provider. Applicants must provide evidence of passing a CPAT within the previous 6 months. Only those on the eligible list who have passed the CPAT shall be certified.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a City of Spokane employment application online by 11:59 p.m. on the filing cut-off date.

Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

How to apply:  Spokane online application

Benefits Package

The City of Spokane offers attractive benefits that include:

  • Promotions by competitive examination
  • Major medical and life insurance policies available at group rates to employees and families
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Social Security participation
  • City retirement program
  • Employee Assistance Program

Some classifications also offer:

  • Uniform allowance
  • Hazardous duty pay
  • Shift differential pay
  • Tuition reimbursement program


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