Firefighter Position

Bainbridge Island Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT



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Bainbridge Island Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT

Last updated on February 16, 2024
PST Partner Agency since November 07, 2022

Vacancies: 3

Important Information

Required to apply:

  • Passing PST written test score
  • CPAT, passed within one year of application due date, submitted to BIFD with your application

Key dates:

  • August 15, 2024:  BIFD will send an application to everyone who has posted a passing written test score within the last six months
  • September 3, 2024 at noon:  Applications and CPAT letters deadline
  • September 9, 2024, times by invitation:  Assessment center at BIFD Station 21 for top 12-18 PST scores (including panel, presentation, practical, and BIFD written)
  • September 30, 2024, times by invitation:  Chiefs' panel
  • January 2025:  Start of EMT and Fire Academy training

Community Information

Bainbridge Island is located in the Puget Sound, a ferry ride west of Seattle. It is the second largest city in Kitsap County with a population of just over 24,000 people spread across 28 square miles. Bainbridge Island School District ranks 3rd in the State of Washington. There are numerous recreation opportunities with 53 miles of shoreline, 1,500 acres of parks and open space with dozens of miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Amenities such as the Aquatics Center, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial provide many opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Department Information

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) is a combination department that was originally founded in 1942. BIFD is staffed by 40 paid/uniformed staff; 12 volunteers; and 10 administrative personnel. The Department typically responds to over 3,200 calls for service each year. 70% of those calls are for emergency medical responses. BIFD operates out of three staffed fire stations with most crews cross-staffing an engine and an aid car. BIFD transports both BLS and ALS patients to hospitals in Kitsap County via the bridge and Seattle via ferry. The headquarters fire station, Station 21, was re-opened in 2018 after being expanded and completely rebuilt. The south station, Station 22, has also been expanded and completely rebuilt.. The Department placed into service multiple new vehicles in the last several years.

Line staff work a 48/96 shift schedule utilizing three shifts (A, B, and C) and members choose 13 Kelly days per year.

All paid responders are required to be qualified to drive and operate all Department apparatus. This includes aid/medic units, engines, tenders, boat, ladder, and a variety of other rigs. BIFD has several optional special teams and qualifications including the Kitsap County Technical Rescue Team, Wildland Team, Fire Investigation Team, and Rescue Swimmers.

Job Description

Area Information

County: Kitsap
Population: 24,000
# of Staff: 50

Hiring Status

Bainbridge Island Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT has 3 vacancies.

Likely openings this year

Salary Information

2024 firefighter/EMT salary range $84,167 - $112,223 plus benefits

Benefit Information

Benefits include: 

  • medical, dental, and vision insurance, 
  • FSA, 
  • HRA, 
  • life insurance, 
  • disability insurance, 
  • LEOFF retirement, 
  • deferred compensation with employer match, 
  • sick and vacation leave, 
  • longevity and education premiums.

Bainbridge Island Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Yes, required as described below

Any CPAT within the last twelve months.  (The twelve months prior to application date)

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Legally Eligible to Work in the US
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Not normally, but can be reviewed depending on circumstance.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
College Requirement Not required, but premium pay is available for many degrees.
Veterans Preference Points Yes
Other Proof of vaccination for Covid-19
CPAT within the last twelve months
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores Twice or More Annually

Bainbridge Island Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT 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
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Bainbridge Island Fire Department - Firefighter/EMT

8895 Madison Ave
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 Kitsap County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below