Firefighter Position

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level FF/EMT & FF/Paramedic



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Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level FF/EMT & FF/Paramedic

Last updated on October 11, 2022
PST Partner Agency since March 28, 2016

Vacancies: 25

Testing Deadline: September 23, 2022.

Important Information

Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue anticipates filling 25 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 25 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 12 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 4982 emergency incidents in 2021, which is a 17.6% increase over 2020 (4239 incidents). 

The candidate list will remain in effect for the next 12 months as future openings are anticipated. In the event of passing the levy Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue anticipates hiring two to three separate groups spaced out over the course of up to a year, in order to accommodate for proper academy class size.


Job Posting Open: Monday May 6, 2022

Job Posting Official Update: August 5, 2022

Job Posting Closing: September 23, 2022

Online web-based interview assigned: September 28, 2022

Online web-based Interviews due by: October 3, 2022

Oral Board Interviews: week of October 31 to November  4, 2022 (Updated)

Chief Board Interviews: weeks of November 14-18 and November 28 to December 2 , 2022 (Updated)

Job offers: December 14 ,2022

Anticipated Start date for hiring group one: February 1 , 2023

Please pay special attention to the requirements below.

Written Test: A written test through PST is required for the Entry Level Firefighter/EMT or Entry Level Firefighter/Paramedic positions and must have been completed between January 1, 2022 and September 23, 2022

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

Personal History Statement (PHS): A completed Personal History Statement (PHS) MUST be uploaded to your account by September 23, 2022 to be considered.

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 45,000 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. The District is slated to have received five brand new Type 1 engines and a brand new ladder truck by the end of 2022.

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 55 FTE 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: 45,000
# of Staff: 55 career line staff

Hiring Status

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level FF/EMT & FF/Paramedic has 25 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is September 23, 2022.

Clark Cowlitz Fire & Rescue (CCFR) is establishing an eligibility list for Entry Level Firefighter/EMT and Entry Level Firefighter/Paramedic. The 2023 entry base Firefighter monthly salary is $6556.00 (additional salary DOQ).

Salary Information

$78,674.00 to $104,907.00 Annually  (10% stipend for those authorized by the county MPD to function as a paramedic).

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 FF/EMT & FF/Paramedic 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
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must successfully pass the medical/physical exam.
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.
Paramedic Certification If applying as a paramedic, must possess a valid Washington State EMT-Paramedic certification or National Registry EMT-Paramedic certification at time of hire.
Must obtain Clark County certification within 12 months of hire.
Current Hiring Status

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) anticipates filling 25 vacancies for firefighter/EMT or firefighter/paramedic. The 2023 entry base Firefighter monthly salary is $6,556 (additional salary DOQ). There is an additional 10% differential for a certified paramedic. 

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 FF/EMT & FF/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 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
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 year(s).
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 FF/EMT & FF/Paramedic

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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