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Anacortes Fire Department - Firefighter EMT
Last updated on February 25, 2020
Anacortes is ranked 10th in the nation of the best places to work as a first responder.
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.
MISSION: Saving lives and protecting property
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.
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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!
The 2019 salary range for Firefighter/EMT is $6,252.11- 7,036.81/month.
The current collective bargaining agreement between the City of Anacortes and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1537 is available on our city website.
The City of Anacortes provides a comprehensive health and welfare benefit package including medical, dental, and vision insurance. Employees are enrolled in the WA State Department Retirement System. Two deferred compensation plans are available with a deferred compensation match. The City also has many fringe benefits including flexible spending plans for unreimbursed medical or dependent daycare and fitness reimbursement plans.
Anacortes Fire Department - Firefighter EMT Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|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|
|Vision Requirements||Able to pass City of Anacortes pre-employment physical.|
|Prior Experience Requirement||One year experience as an Emergency Medical Technician|
|EMT Certification||One year experience as an Emergency Medical Technician|
|CPAT||Your CPAT must be completed with Public Safety Testing within 180 days (before or after) the PST written test to be valid, CPAT certifications from other fire departments or testing centers will not be accepted.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider the highest score received within the past one year|
|Request/ Access Scores||Monthly|
TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
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