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Pierce County Fire Protection District #16 (Key Peninsula)

  • Contact Information

    Pierce County Fire Protection District #16 (Key Peninsula)
    8911 Key Peninsula Hwy KPN
    Lakebay, Washington 98349
    Phone: 253-884-2222
    Department Website

Agency Added: 02/13/2009 | Last updated: 05/30/2018

Community Information

The community's population is approximately 18,000 and is generally viewed as a quiet rural bedroom style community. The boundaries of the Key Peninsula are located in the West region of Pierce County, near Gig Harbor. The Key Peninsula boundaries extend to Kitsap County on the north and Mason County to the west and is surrounded by 45 miles of shoreline.

Department Information

Pierce County Fire Protection District #16, is also known as the Key Peninsula Fire Department. The Department operates inside a $4.0-million budget with a combination of volunteer and career personnel consisting of approximately 25 Volunteer members and a full time 24-hour staff of 24 members. The Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and Administrative Support Staff are assigned to days. Fire suppression, ALS/BLS first response, ALS/BLS transport, and water-based special operations are primary mission services of the Department. The Department takes an active role in educating the Key Peninsula Community through tours of fire stations, equipment and offering fire / health safety classes on and off site through a full time Fire Prevention Specialist position.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 18,000
  • County: Pierce
  • Fire Dept. Size: 24

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Legal Resident.   X
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No convictions within seven (7) years. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No convictions within seven (7) years. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Must pass Department's Fitness for Duty Medical.   X
EMT Certification Candidate must have National Registry EMT-B or Washington State EMT-B at time of application. Must be able to work in Pierce County as an EMT-B within 60 days of hire. X  
Other This agency does not allow out of state testing.    
CPAT This agency will accept valid CPAT certifications conducted by Public Safety Testing, Bates Technical, or NTN. Candidates will be responsible for submitting proof of CPAT certification directly to the agency when requested.    
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 7 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
AutomaticNo outstanding warrants or charges pending in a criminal court.
AutomaticDriving infractions - not to exceed 3 infractions in the previous 36 months
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 7 years.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticOther: No felony or criminal convictions within seven (7) years.
Automatic2 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are requested from PST with oral board interviews and practical skill evaluations conducted on an as-needed basis. The top three candidates will be forwarded to the Fire Chief.

Number of Current Vacancies: (0) /  Test scores will be requested on July 2, 2018 with testing to be conducted during July/August.  The District will hire at least 1 Firefighter/Medic to start in January 2019.

Current and recent past (within 5 years) volunteer members of Key Peninsula Fire Department receive preferential status and all members who pass the written exam will be invited to participate in the assessment center, up to a maximum of 10 testing spots. If less than 10 members receive passing scores, the remaining spots will be filled from the PST list with the highest scores until a maximum list is assigned. 

Salary Information

All wages and benefits are negotiated by Key Peninsula Firefighters Local 3152, IAFF. The current contract expires December 31, 2019. The probationary wage for a Firefighter/EMT-B in 2018 is $4847.61 monthly. 

Benefit Information

Benefits include 100% paid medical and dental for the employee. Medical and dental benefits for spouse and dependents covered at 100% plus an HRA account of $1,000.  Deferred Compensation for 2018 is equal to 4.2% of Firefighter 1st class wage.  Deferred Compensation for 2019 is equal to 4.5% of Firefighter 1st class wage.