Firefighter Position

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic



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Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic

Last updated on October 02, 2023
PST Partner Agency since January 18, 2023

Vacancies: 6+

Important Information

Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue anticipates filling 27 positions in the year 2023.

Due to our passage of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy on the August Primary Election CCFR will be up staffing 24 personnel and increasing minimum staffing from 2 personnel per Engine or Truck to 3 personnel with at least one of the firefighters also being a Paramedic. A 24 hour medic unit will also be added current units. Responses to emergency incidents have dramatically increased over the past five years, and this is resulting in increased response times for critical emergencies throughout the district. CCFR responded to 5413 emergency incidents in 2022, which is a 27.6% increase over 2020 (4239 incidents).

The candidate list will remain in effect for the next 12 months as future openings are anticipated.


Job Posting Closing: May 8th, 2023

Invitation to first round interviews: May 11th, 2023

Anticipated Start date for hiring group : September , 2023

Please pay special attention to the requirements below:

Written Test: Not required.

Application not need until job offer.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT): Applicants must possess a valid CPAT by time of job offer.

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 - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic has 6+ vacancies.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) is establishing an eligibility list for Lateral Level Firefighter/Paramedic.

Salary Information

$83,358 to $115,398 Annually. One year step credit will be given for every two years full time employment in a equivalent all hazard department. With a maximuim of five years credit given to indaviduals with 10 plus years service.

Benefit Information

Comprehensive Medical and Dental  (Washington Fire Commissioners Association)

UP to 16 shifts per year of vacation time accrual

Deferred Compensation up to 4%

Longevity Incentive up to 4%

Education Incentive

Tuition Reimbursement,

Health Reimbursement Account (employee paid)

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

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination No, not required

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue will notify the candidates who will be brought forward for an interview and their interview date after reviewing applications.

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
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident

US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident

High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid in the State of Washington
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult A felony conviction as an adult is a disqualifier.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile

Some juvenile convictions may be considered a disqualifier. We will closely review. 

Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must successfully pass the medical/physical exam at time of hire.
Prior Experience Requirement Prospective lateral- level Firefighter/PM candidates must possess at least 18 months of current full-time paid experience as a line Firefighter with no breaks in service, in an all-risk fire agency. Preference may be given to candidates who have completed a career fire academy.
Veterans Preference Points

Veteran's points are used as outlined in 

RCW 41.04.007 in accordance with RCW 41.04.010 

Paramedic Certification

Washington State EMT-P certification or National Registry EMT-P certification. Must obtain Clark County certification within 12 months of hire.

Applicants who graduated from paramedic training after June 30, 1996 are required to have graduated from a paramedic training program that is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoaAEMSP)

For paramedics that are not Washington State certified and have not completed an NREMT-P cognitive exam in the last 12 months, the candidate would be required to take and pass the national exam for Washington State certification.

Prior FF Experience Required

Prospective lateral- level Firefighter/Paramedic candidates must possess at least 18 months of current full-time paid experience as a line Firefighter with no breaks in service, in an all-risk fire agency. Preference may be given to candidates who have completed a career fire academy.

Current Hiring Status

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) anticipates filling 6+ vacancies for firefighter/EMT or firefighter/paramedic. In Fall of 2023.


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

CPAT PST or any verifiable CPAT certification due at time of job offer.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant

Written test not required.

Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - 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

3 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).

Automatic Suspension of drivers license within the last 5 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years including prescription medications.
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 Unlawful sexual misconduct
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 - Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic

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


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below

Other Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue positions

Entry Level Firefighter/EMT
Entry Level Firefighter/Paramedic
Lateral Firefighter/EMT