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Anacortes Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic
Last updated on June 30, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 22, 2020
Anacortes is a great place to do business and a wonderful place to live! The city, which is home to a variety of industrial, commercial, and retail companies, boasts an affluent clientele, easy access to major transportation corridors, low taxes, excess utility capacity, and an excellent quality of life. This quaint seaport community offers the San Juan Islands to the west, with views of snow-capped mountains to the east.
City government is committed to progressive economic development and appreciates your interest. Anacortes is the principal city on Fidalgo Island, the eastern-most island in the San Juan archipelago. Anacortes, an All-American City, is the second largest city in Skagit County and its largest seaport. The City has modern educational facilities, state-of-the-art health care, and abundant business opportunities, all in the natural beauty of an island setting.
Anacortes residents and visitors enjoy 12 ½ miles of saltwater shoreline, a pristine environment, four freshwater lakes, thousands of acres of city-owned forestlands and parks (with more than 50 miles of maintained forest trails), as well as breathtaking water, island and mountain views. The natural abundance, a vibrant community and the convenience of bridges connecting to the mainland make Anacortes a clear choice for those seeking a superior quality of life.
Anacortes is the site for Washington State Ferry terminal operations to both the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island, BC. Approximately one million people travel through the city annually on their way to or from the ferry terminal, which is located four miles from the city center. This traffic creates unique commercial opportunities for local businesses, as residents of the San Juan Islands come to the mainland to shop.
As evidenced by crime statistics, the city is also a very safe place to live. Per an annual survey published by Farmer’s Insurance, Anacortes ranked nation-wide among the top 20 “most secure places to live” (defined as metro areas with fewer than 150,000 residents).
Anacortes is located on the north central coast of Washington State (U.S.), 80 miles north of Seattle, WA and 90 miles south of Vancouver, BC. The City is 16 miles west of the I-5 freeway (exit 230), via Highway 20.
One Team ALWAYS There For You
Anacortes Fire Department is a full service emergency services agency providing structural and wildland fire suppression, Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency medical services, ambulance transport service on Fidalgo and Guemes Islands, and a wide range of prevention and community-centered activities. The department enjoys an exceptional community to work within and live. Also, the fire department is partners with adjacent fire districts in providing superior live fire training opportunities, and a strong EMS mentoring/coaching culture. Anacortes Fire Department is seeking employees who bring a great attitude, a love of community service, a strong work ethic and the desire to make a difference in our community through a wide range of programs and approaches.
# of Staff: 37 Firefighters
Anacortes Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic has 8 vacancies.
Lateral applicants should apply directly on our website. We are hiring lateral candidates on a continuous basis. Anacortes has a rigorous hiring process. We encourage you to research the City of Anacortes and the Anacortes Fire Department to learn more about our progressive City located on beautiful Fidalgo Island. Thank you for interest in employment with the City of Anacortes!
2023 Salary Range: $85,270-$95,972 annually. Paramedics receive a 10% premium.
The current collective bargaining agreement between the City of Anacortes and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1537 is available on our City website at https://www.anacorteswa.gov/154/Labor-Agreements
Benefits include choice between medical plans including health savings accounts with high deductible health plans, flexible spending accounts, prescription plans, dental, orthodontia, & vision, dual insurance incentives for spouses & dependents, Department of Retirement Systems LEOFF Plan 2 pension, choice between two deferred compensation programs with matching, vacation beginning at 12 hours per month, sick leave beginning at 12 hours per month, bereavement leave, and 172 hours of pay in lieu of holidays, life insurance for employee only, employee assistance program, fitness reimbursement plans, and longevity, special assignment, & education incentives.
Anacortes Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
No, not required
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)||
Yes, required as described below
Will accept any verified CPAT obtained within the past 1 year. Certifications will need to be submitted with the agency provided application.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Washington within 30 days of conditional offer.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
Able to pass City of Anacortes pre-employment physical.
|Prior Experience Requirement||
Lateral applicants must have 1 year of career experience plus completion of a career level academy with FF1/HMO or 3 years of career experience plus IFSAC/Proboard FF1/FF2/HMO.
|Firefighter 1 Certification||
Firefighter I Certification through an Accredited Academy.
|Firefighter 2 Certification||
Firefighter 2 Certification through an Accredited Academy
|Prior FF Experience Required||
Experience with career Fire Department or District.
|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|
Anacortes Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic
Anacortes, WA 98221 Skagit County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below
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