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Renton Regional Fire Authority

  • -  Renton Regional Fire Authority anticipates conducting interviews based on the top written scores during May 2019.

    -  Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within 12 months of the close date of April 1, 2019 is required.

    -  Your written exam with PST would need to have been taken by the close date of April 1, 2019.  PST written exam scores are valid for 15 months from the test date.


    -  You may only apply on the RFA website for this position after completing the testing process with PST and receiving an invitation from Renton Regional Fire Authority Human Resources Department to apply online.


    To provide proof of a valid and verifiable passing CPAT-  

    -  The RFA will accept a CPAT from any licensed CPAT provider.
    -  The CPAT must have occurred within 12 months of the close date of April 1, 2019.
    -  The RFA will verify the validity of the CPAT with the CPAT provider.  

    If you reside outside of Washington State and are interested in testing for this agency, please visit https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/outofstate so we can assist you in scheduling a written exam.


  • Contact Information

    Renton Regional Fire Authority
    Human Resources
    18002 108th Ave SE
    Renton, Washington 98055
    Phone: 425-430-7000
    Department Website

Agency Added: 07/01/2014 | Last updated: 02/27/2019

Community Information

The City of Renton is situated near Seattle on the south shore of Lake Washington with spectacular views of the lake, the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The fourth largest city in King County by population, and the 8th largest city in Washington, Renton is quite literally at the center of an extensive regional and international transportation network. The Cedar River runs through the heart of Downtown Renton and offers an abundance of natural beauty.

Department Information

The Renton Regional Fire Authority serves approximately 126,560 residents and many visitors within 33.28 square miles.  The department’s response area covers the City of Renton, King County Fire District 25, and King County Fire District 40.  

The department is fully paid with 134 uniform members and 18 civilian members that provide both emergency and non-emergency services.  In 2018, the department responded to over 16,000 calls for service from six fire stations that are strategically located throughout the service area.  Services provided by Renton Regional Fire Authority include:  fire response, emergency medical, technical rescue, water rescue, and hazardous materials.

In April of 2016, voters approved the creation of Renton Regional Fire Authority, which was formally known as Renton Fire & Emergency Services.  With the approval of the Regional Fire Authority, the department is authorized to add additional uniform positions. 

Area Information

  • Population Size: 101,300 and is ranked 8th in Washington
  • County: King

Agency Requirements:

 
  • Important Information

    -  Renton Regional Fire Authority anticipates conducting interviews based on the top written scores during May 2019.

    -  Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within 12 months of the close date of April 1, 2019 is required.

    -  Your written exam with PST would need to have been taken by the close date of April 1, 2019.  PST written exam scores are valid for 15 months from the test date.


    -  You may only apply on the RFA website for this position after completing the testing process with PST and receiving an invitation from Renton Regional Fire Authority Human Resources Department to apply online.


    To provide proof of a valid and verifiable passing CPAT-  

    -  The RFA will accept a CPAT from any licensed CPAT provider.
    -  The CPAT must have occurred within 12 months of the close date of April 1, 2019.
    -  The RFA will verify the validity of the CPAT with the CPAT provider.  

    If you reside outside of Washington State and are interested in testing for this agency, please visit https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/outofstate so we can assist you in scheduling a written exam.

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes X  
High School Grad/ GED Graduation from a standard high school, vocational school or equivalent. X  
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Any conclusion by an oral interview panel, background check, or Chief that indicates the candidate is not suited for the position of Firefighter.    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Must be able to read and write the English language as specified in RCW 41. X  
Vision Requirements Ability to pass the LEOFF 2 Medical Physical.   X
Other This agency allows out of state testing.    
CPAT Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within 12 months of the closing date with the Renton Regional Fire Authority is required.

To provide proof of a valid and verifiable passing CPAT-
The RRFA will accept a CPAT from any licensed CPAT provider.
The CPAT must have occurred within the 12 months prior to the closing date with RRFA.
The RRFA will verify the validity of the CPAT with the CPAT provider.
X  
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past 15 months (written exam scores are valid for 15 months.    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

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
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
Other
PotentialPLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Human Resources at 425-430-7000.

Current Hiring Status

The department anticipates hiring for a September 2019 Academy

Renton Regional Fire Authority is establishing an eligibility list and will invite candidates with the highest scores that are received from PST to an oral board interview. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Renton Regional Fire Authority anticipates conducting interviews based on the top written scores in May 2019, and will continue to schedule interviews approximately every 6 months.

Salary Information

$65,409 to $87,751 Annually

Benefit Information

Firefighters are represented by IAFF Local 864 and the applicable benefits are as follows:

Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

  • Employees are offered medical/vision coverage through Northwest Firefighter Trust as a participant of the Regence network. 
  • HRA/VEBA is a tax-free savings account funded by the RFA to assist with costs not paidby the medical, dental, and vision portion of the benefit.The RFA contributes $2,000 for a single person or $4,000 for a family annually.
  • Dental insurance is through Delta Dental or Willamette Dental and covers services such as regular checkups, x-rays, fillings and crowns to an annual maximum of $2,000. Orthodontia coverage is also provided. 
  • The employer pays the majority of insurance premiums. 

Deferred Compensation Program

  • The RFA contributes 5.5% of the employee's base wage rate plus an incentive of 2.5% for meeting Health & Wellness objectives into a deferred compensation retirement plan.
  • Employees may also set aside a percentage of their earnings on a tax-deferred basis.
  • LEOFF II members are eligible to participate in an income protection program.

Retirement Plan

  • Employees are enrolled in the State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems LEOFF Plan.
  • Both the employee and employer contribute to the plan.

Life Insurance

  • A group term life insurance policy is provided to each employee at a value equivalent to the annual salary. Each eligible dependent is also provided with a $1,000 policy. There is no cost to the employee. Supplemental insurance is available for employees and their dependents.

Education/Longevity Premiums

  • Employees who complete 45 college level credits with a minimum of 30 credits in fire science will receive 2% of top step of firefighter's salary, those with a Fire Science Degree receive 4% of top step of firefighter's salary, and those with a Four Year Degree and a Two Year Fire Science Degree receive 6% of top step of firefighter's salary.
  • Longevity premiums are awarded after 5 years of service and increase at 10, 15, 20, and 25 years.

Uniforms

  • Employees receive an annual uniform allowance of 1.25% of top step of firefighter annual base pay to buy, maintain and repair any equipment or clothing.

Employee Assistance Program

  • A confidential counseling assessment and referral service is available without cost to employees and family members for help with personal, family or job-related problems.

Flexible Benefits

  • The RFA offers employees the opportunity to open two separate tax-free accounts through salary reduction. One account is to pay for expenses not covered by health insurance and the other account is for child care costs.

Vacation

  • Suppression personnel working 24-hour shifts receive vacation benefits as follows: 0 shifts (0-12 months), 3 shifts (13-24 months), 4 shifts (25-36 months), 5 shifts (37-48 months), 6 shifts (49-60 months), 9 shifts (6-10 years), 11 shifts (11-15 years), 13 shifts (16-20 years), 14 shifts (21 years and over).

Sick Leave

  • Upon employment, the employee receives a sick leave bank of 36 hours, with an additional 36 hours awarded after three months. 
  • Thereafter, sick leave accrues at the rate of twelve hours each month.
  • All LEOFF II personnel are granted an injury leave loan bank for duty related disabilities in the amount of twelve shifts.

Paydays

  • The RFA pays employees on the tenth and the twenty-fifth of each month (24 pay periods each year). 

Holidays

  • The RFA recognizes ten holidays and offers two "personal" holidays each calendar year for employees. 
  • Personnel working 24-hour shifts receive five shifts off in lieu of the holidays.

Hours of Work

  • Employees work one 24 hour shift followed by 48 hours off duty, one 24 hour shift followed by 96 hours off duty and are required to work 10 "debit" days throughout the year. 
  • The working shift begins at 0800 hours.

Union Affiliation

  • All uniformed positions in the Renton Regional Fire Authority are represented by IAFF Local 864.

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