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Vancouver Fire Department - FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC


  • Contact Information

    Vancouver Fire Department - FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC
    7110 NE 63rd Street
    Vancouver, Washington 98661
    Phone: 360-487-7212
    Department Website

Agency Added: 02/18/2015 | Last updated: 11/09/2016

Community Information

Vancouver is located in Southwest Washington across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of approx. 167,000, encompasses nearly 45 square miles and is the 4th largest city in the State of Washington. With mild weather & beautiful forests, Vancouver combines the excitement of a major area with small town charm and abundant recreational opportunities. Founded in 1825, the city has a long, rich history of tradition and service.

Department Information

The Vancouver Fire Department serves a population of almost 250,000 from ten stations covering 90 square miles. A total of 12 frontline fire crews run over 20,000 calls per year. VFD does more than fight fires: its state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program also provides paramedic first response to citizens in the VFD’s service area.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 167,000
  • County: Clark

Agency Requirements:

 
Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required From any state. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Felony conviction under state or Federal as an adult is a disqualifier. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Some juvenile convictions may be considered a disqualifier. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Firefighter 1 Certification No    
Paramedic Certification Clark County or Washington State Certifications preferred. X  
Prior FF Experience Required No    
Other Applicants who pass the written exam with 70% or better, and have passed the PST CPAT since September 12, 2014 or later, will have their scores forwarded to city of Vancouver for further consideration. The city reserves the right to limit the number invited to continue on in the process.
Applicants who do continue on in the process will participate in a panel interview and behavioral traits assessment.
Applicants will be referred to backgrounds based on the rule of ten.
Applicants must be able to successfully complete a thorough background investigation; Chief's interview, psychological, and medical exam.


This agency allows out of state testing.
   
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores March 13th, 2015.    

Agency Disqualifiers:

THE FOLLOWING ARE AUTOMATIC AND POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT APPLY TO OUR AGENCY IF THEY INDICATE ANY OF THE AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS. POTENTIAL DISQUALIFIERS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

Category Disqualifier
Driving
Automatic3 or more hazardous traffic infractions in last 5 years.
AutomaticA misdemeanor driver's license suspension in the last 5 years.
AutomaticAn infraction driver's license suspension in the last 5 years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Employment
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.

Current Hiring Status

Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of 10" with the top ten scores being given to the appointing authority for further consideration and selection as a vacancy occurs. Vacancies may be filled from the Firefighter and Firefighter-Paramedic eligibility lists as determined by the City.
Number of current vacancies: 2

Salary Information

$6,213 - $7,669/month.

Benefit Information

2016 BENEFITS OVERVIEW - FIRE SUPPRESSION

 

BENEFIT

DETAIL

 

 

 

 

Years of

Shifts per

Semi-Monthly

Maximum

 

Service

Year

Accrual

Accumulation

 

 

 

 

Paid Days Off*

1-5

11

11 hours

824 hours

(Vacation)

6-10

12

12 hours

824 hours

 

11-15

14

14 hours

824 hours

 

16-20

15

15 hours

824 hours

 

21-25

17

17 hours

824 hours

pro-rated for part-timers

26+

18

18 hours

824 hours

*Eligible to sell back up to 5 shifts per year

*Includes Holidays - 24 hour shifts

Short-Term Disability

24 hours per month  to 1,911 hours maximum accumulation  (24hr shift)

(Sick Leave)

Holidays

Included in PDO's

Bereavement Leave

2 shifts (24 hr personnel) when a death occurs in an employee's  immediate family

 

Health Insurance

Available through the Vancouver Firefighters Union Health & Welfare Trust

(Medical/Rx/Dental/Vision)

Premium share is determined by Trust

Flex Spending Accounts

Tax savings plan for medical and dependent care expenses.

 

Life Insurance/AD&D

1x annual salary, up to $100,000. Optional Additional Life, AD&D and Dependent coverage at employee expense

premium paid by City

 

Optional Coverages/Plans

AFLAC (Cancer, STD, Accident, Hospital Advantage, Personal Recovery), Pre-Paid Legal Service, 529 College Savings

100% Employee Paid

Pension

LEOFF Retirement - employee & employer contribute (tax deferred)

 

Deferred Compensation - 457 Plans

ICMA & DCP programs for employee contributions (100% of taxable income to a maximum of $18,000.  If age 50 or over, the maximum is $24,000)

 

 

Mandatory Long-Term Disability

Six-month waiting period. Provided through the Vancouver Firefighters Union Health & Welfare Trust

100% Employee Paid

Mandatory Retirement Health Saving

Washington State Council of Firefighters Plan for Post employment health care funding (tax advantaged plan)

Plan

100% Employee Paid

Employee Assistance Program

Free and confidential benefit that can assist with problems that interfere with day to day activities.  Includes a personal wellness component. Covers employees and dependents.

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