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Colfax Fire Department

  • Contact Information

    Colfax Fire Department
    400 N. Mill Street
    Colfax, Washington 99111
    Phone: 509-397-3416
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 09/25/2018

Community Information

Colfax is the County seat of Whitman County, and is located about 14 miles north of Pullman / WSU and 60 miles south of Spokane on highway 195. Colfax is an agriculture community, in an area of rolling hills with dryland hillside wheat, barley and legume farming. Colfax has agriculture business and manufacturing, a retail business district, government offices and service firms of accountants and lawyers. Colfax is home to impressive rural health care services, centered on Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, a large doctors clinic, nursing home, assisted living facilities and a congregate care facility. Through the Hospital and clinic, a wide range of medical specialists serves the area. Colfax enjoys a minimal rate of violent crime, and low rates of serious crime and drug problems. The community still has an air of country life and trust. The Police Department's goal is to keep that feeling among the citizens while dealing with the crime and problems of modern society. The school system is considered to be excellent, and there are many houses and building lots available to new residents.

Department Information

Fulltime - 24 hour rotating shifts.  The department has one Fire Chief and two full time firefighters.  Works closely with the Volunteer Fire Department for trainings and calls.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 3,000+
  • County: Whitman

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Corrected 20/20   X
EMT Certification EMT-B   X
Firefighter 1 Certification IFSAC FF-1   X
Other Must have a valid PST/Bates TC CPAT within the previous six months of the last day of the month of your written exam test date. For example, if your written exam was December 16, you must have a valid CPAT issued sometime from July 1 to December 31.

This agency does not allow out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores Monthly    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic1 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic1 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 10 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 10 years.
AutomaticIllegal opiate use.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 0 uses total.
AutomaticIllegal use of 1 or more different controlled substances.
AutomaticOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticIllegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 0 times in lifetime, and no use within the past 10 years.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticAny juvenile felony conviction.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support.
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 received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur. 

Salary Information

$3,086 - $4,278 DOE with performance based raises range 0%-4%.

Benefit Information

Health (for self and spouse OR dependents); vision & dental for family.