Firefighter Position

Chehalis Fire Department - Entry & Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic



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Chehalis Fire Department - Entry & Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic

Last updated on February 02, 2024
PST Partner Agency since August 15, 2023

Vacancies: 4

Important Information

Candidates must have completed the PST Written and a certified CPAT exam within the last 180 days.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the HR Department at 360-345-1042 and ask to speak to Glenn Schaffer.

Community Information

Chehalis Neighborhood Profile


Chehalis     National Ave
Population of Chehalis 7,500    11535
Median Age 37.2 years    37.47 years
Median Household Income   $41244    $42350.95
Percentage of Single Households  37%    41.53%
Percentage of Married Households 63%    58.46%
Percentage Families (households with children) 25.9%    24.32%
Average Household Size 

Percentage White Collar 45%    47.14%

Cost of Living

Chehalis National Average
Cost of Living Index 101.5      99.52
Average Yearly Utility Cost 3023      3196.27
Average Household Total Consumer Expenditures $38398 per year      $41075.28 per year
Average Household Education Expenditures $352 per year      $450.93 per year
Average Household Entertainment Expenditures $2059 per year      $2207.08 per year
Average Household Transportation Expenditures $1445 per year      $1563.85 per year
Average Household Retail Expenditures $16948 per year      $18600.46 per year
Average Household Non-Retail Expenditures $21450 per year      $22474.81 per year

Quality of Life

Chehalis        National Average
Average Winter High Temperature 31.9 degrees     41.29 degrees
Average Winter Low Temperature   33.5 degrees     22.88 degrees
Average Summer High Temperature 76.6 degrees     86.56 degrees
Average Summer Low Temperature 56.9 degrees     62.35 degrees
Average Annual Precipitation 55.5 inches     38.69 inches
Air Quality Index 26     44.59
Total Crime Index     3.60
Personal Crime Index  3     3.43

Department Information

The Chehalis Fire Department was established in April of 1893 and has a proud history of protecting and serving the citizens of Chehalis. As you might imagine, the   fire department has seen many changes in the community over the past 123 years of existence, but the one thing that has remained constant is the Chehalis Fire Department’s unwavering dedication and commitment to serving our community. The mission of the Chehalis Fire Department is to provide protection to life and property in an expeditious and caring manner by utilizing a team of compassionate and highly trained individuals.

Chehalis Firefighters are proud members of IAFF Local 2510. We run approximately 1900 a year and have an excellent relationship with the fire departments that boarder our response area.  

Job Description


Protects life and property by performing firefighting, emergency medical aid, hazardous materials identification, fire prevention and public education duties. Maintains fire and medical equipment, apparatus and facilities.


Works under the general supervision of the fire captain. Supervision maybe extended to a command officer during emergency situations. Work is reviewed through personal conferences and evaluations, or a land written report, and department meetings reflecting results of projects assigned.


May assist to coordinate, instruct or supervise the work of reserve firefighters, new recruits or other part-time departmental personnel as assigned.


Performs firefighting activities including, but not limited to the following: driving and operating fire engines, aerial apparatus and ambulances; operating pumps and related equipment; laying hose; and performing fire combat, containment and suppression tasks.

Performs emergency medical aid activities including, but not limited to, administering medical aid at both EMT-Basic and Paramedic level, and provides other assistance as required.

Participates in and/or conducts drills, attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical aid, hazardous materials, and related subjects.

Operates radios and other communications equipment.

Participates in the inspection of buildings, hydrants, and other related structures for fire prevention programs. Carries out duties.

in conformance with federal, state, county and city laws, ordinances, and regulations.

Maintains fire and medical equipment, apparatus, and facilities. Performs minor repairs to departmental apparatus.

and equipment.

Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of the facilities and equipment. Cleans and washes walls and floors; cares for grounds around station, makes minor repairs, washes, hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans, polishes, maintains and tests apparatus and equipment.

Assists in developing plans for special assignments such as emergency preparedness, communications, training programs, fighting fire, emergency medical response and hazardous materials activities.

Presents programs to the community on safety, medical and fire prevention topics.

Performs salvage operations including, but not limited to the following throwing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris.


Assists in department supervisory and administrative activities as assigned. Assistsinsupervisingandtrainingnewreservefirefightersasrequired.


Education and Experience:

High school diploma or GED equivalent.

IFSAC Firefighter 1 certification, or completion within a 12 probationary period.

Washington State or National Registered Paramedic and the ability to obtain Lewis County reciprocity and MPD approval.

Must have and maintain AHA ACLS and PALS certification.


Basic knowledge of driver safety and first aid.

Ability to learn the operation of fire suppression and other emergency equipment.

Ability to apply standard firefighting, emergency medical aid, hazardous materials, fire prevention and public education techniques.

Ability to perform strenuous or peak physical effort during emergencies, training or station maintenance activities for prolonged periods of time under conditions of extreme heights, intense heat and smoke, or cold temperatures.

Ability to act effectively in emergency and stressful situations.

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Ability to establish effective working relationships with other positions, other agencies and the general public.

Ability to read, write and speak the English language.

Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the general public and maintain composure in difficult and/or stressful situations.

Ability to perform effectively, efficiently and consistently the responsibilities of the position.

Ability to meet the physical demands of the job and to perform the essential job functions.



Must possess at the time of hire, a valid Washington State driver's license without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.

Must have WA State Paramedic Certification

Must be able to obtain Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention (EVAP) certification or Commercial Driver's License (CDL) prior to completion of probation. 

NIMS 700, 100, 200


Emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses and other standard firefighting equipment including, but not limited to the following: ladders, medical aid equipment, radios, pagers, personal computers and telephones.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers, handle or operate tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, reach, talk, hear and smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to100pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 300 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or air borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting or emergency medical activities when noise levels may be loud.


Formal application, review of education and experience, appropriate testing and interviews, background check, physical agility, drug screening, pre-employment medical and psychological evaluation. NOTE: Appointees will also be subject to completion of a standard probationary period.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or logical assignment to the position.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the city and the employee and is subject to change by the city as its needs and requirements of the job change.

Area Information

County: Lewis
Population: 30,000 (Day time) / 8,000 (Night time)
# of Staff: 1 Chief, 4 Captains, 6 Firefighter/Engineers, 4 Firefighter/Paramedics

Hiring Status

Chehalis Fire Department - Entry & Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic has 4 vacancies.

City of Chehalis is starting a new ALS program and will be hiring four candidates in the first quarter of 2024.

Salary Information

Entry Level and Lateral level wages are based on qualifications and full-time experience.  

$5,469 - $6,588 per month until December 24, 2025

After employees complete Engineer requirement/testing. Paramedic wages shall be $5,798 - $7,247 per month, until December 24, 2025

January 1, 2024 a minimum increase of 3.5% and maximum of 5%

January 1, 2025 a minimum increase of 3% and maximum of 5%

Benefit Information

  • Very generous Health, Dental, Vision - HSA package and State Retirement (LEOFF II)

  • 4 platoon Schedule, 24 hours on, 72 hours off, No debit or Kelly day   
  • Holiday: Employees shall accrue 8.66 holiday hours per month.
  • Sick Leave: Employees shall accrue 22 hours per month to a max of 1440 hours.
  • Vacation: Employee shall accrue 8 to 16 hours of vacation per month depending on years of service to max of 544 hours.
  • Comp time accrual option is available.

Chehalis Fire Department - Entry & Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic Requirements

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

PST or any verifiable/certified CPAT testing site within the last 180 days. 

Please download CPAT testing site and a copy of the cetificate

Minimum Age 21

US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required

Valid Washington State Driver's License

Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Prior Experience Requirement Minimum of 1 year as an active volunteer , part time paid, or full time career.
EMT Certification  Current WA State EMT Certification Required.
Firefighter 1 Certification Firefighter 1 certification prefered
Paramedic Certification Must have a current NREMT or WA State Paramedic Certification and the ability to reciprocity into WA State and Lewis County prior to date of hire.
Prior FF Experience Required At least 1 year of experience as a full time paid Firefighter to qualify for Lateral Position.




Required as described below for entry level and or Lateral.

All entry Level position: Candidates must have successfully completed a CPAT within the previous 12 months to be considered.

Lateral Positions: CPAT is not required for candidate who have recently completed 24 months of full time Employment as a Firefighter.

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

Chehalis Fire Department - Entry & Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic 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 7 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 10 years.
Automatic 3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Automatic 2 or more traffic crime convictions in last 7 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 1 time in a lifetime, and no use within the past 10 years.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 2 uses total.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 2 uses total.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Any other convictions of felony or misdemeanor in the past 15 years will be reviewed case by case.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic 1 more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
Automatic Withdrawn from consideration for any (law enforcement/fire/corrections/dispatch) employment.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Bankruptcy in the past 7 years.

Contact Information

Chehalis Fire Department - Entry & Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic

500 NW Sitka St
Chehalis, WA 98532 Lewis County


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

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