Firefighter Position

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level Firefighter/EMT



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Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level Firefighter/EMT

Last updated on February 04, 2023
PST Partner Agency since January 18, 2023

Community Information

Department Information

Formed in 2008 by the merger of two large fire districts, Clark Cowlitz Fire & Rescue protects and serves a diverse population of over 60,000 residents in a 125 square mile area in northern Clark County and southwest Cowlitz County, Washington.

CCFR proudly offers fire protection and EMS service to the Cities of Woodland, La Center and Ridgefield. The District also serves the Cowlitz Indian Reservation, which opened the ilani Casino in 2018, the only casino of its type on the West Coast. The District is adjacent to the city of Vancouver, WA, is rural and suburban in nature and responds to over 5,000 calls per year out of six (6) staffed fire stations with an on-duty Battalion Chief. Response apparatus include five Type 1 engines and a 105' quint.

Along with fire protection and EMS service, the District also maintains a Marine Division to protect several miles of the Columbia River and its tributaries. CCFR participates in the county-wide Technical Rescue Team with the Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire District 6. CCFR also maintains an All Risk Mobilization Team to respond at the request of the federal government to national emergencies such as wildland fires and natural disasters. In addition, CCFR provides Community Risk Reduction and Fire Marshal services to the cities in the District. The District is governed by elected Commissioners who serve six-year terms. CCFR is a combination department with 77 personnel and approximately 10 support volunteers.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue was formerly known as Clark County Fire & Rescue. The District changed its name in 2020 to better reflect the communities it serves.

Area Information

County: Clark/Cowlitz
Population: 60,000
# of Staff: 77

Hiring Status

Clark Cowlitz Fire & Rescue (CCFR) will establishing the next eligibility list for Entry Level Firefighter/EMT in 2024.

Salary Information

$78,674.00 to $104,907.00 Annually  

Benefit Information

Comprehensive Medical and Dental paid per CBA with IAFF Local 3674 (Washington Fire Commissioners Association)

UP to 16 shifts per year of vacation time accrual

Deferred Compensation up to 4% match

Longevity Incentive up to 4%

Education Incentive

Tuition Reimbursement

Health Reimbursement Account (employee paid)

$50,000 Group Life insurance (District paid). Refer to CBA for comp.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level 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

Applicant must possess valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) credentials. Any legitimate CPAT will suffice. Candidates will be required to submit proof of a valid, verifiable CPAT to the agency by time of job offer.

CPAT tests are conducted by (among others) Public Safety Testing. To view a list of upcoming CPAT events and to sign up, please visit Public Safety Testing’s website.

Minimum Age 18
Citizenship US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident
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 Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must successfully pass the medical/physical exam.
Veterans Preference Points

Veteran's points are used as outlined in

RCW 41.04.007 in accordance with RCW 41.04.010

EMT Certification If applying as an EMT-B, must possess a valid Washington State EMT-B certification or National Registry EMT-B certification at time of hire.
Must obtain Washington State reciprocity within 90 days of hire.
Current Hiring Status

Clark Cowlitz Fire & Rescue (CCFR) will establishing the next eligibility list for Entry Level Firefighter/EMT in 2024.

Other Working knowledge of clerical filing, basic computers and Microsoft Office Suite.
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

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level 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 3 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Drug Usage

Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years including prescription medications.

Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 year(s).
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Automatic Illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
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.

Contact Information

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level Firefighter/EMT

911 N 65th Ave
Ridgefield, WA 98642 Clark/Cowlitz County


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

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