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 March 24, 2021
PST Partner Agency since March 28, 2016

Vacancies: 2

Important Information

Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue anticipates filling 2 or 3 vacancies later in 2021. Testing now will put you on the list to be considered for those anticipated openings. 

Please pay special attention to the requirements below.

Written Test:

A written test is not required for the Lateral Firefighter EMT or Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic position.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT):

Applicants must possess a valid CPAT. Specific CPAT dates will be posted later in 2021.

Personal History Statement (PHS):

A completed Personal History Statement (PHS) MUST be uploaded to your account to be considered. A deadline for this will be posted later in 2021.

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 in southwest Washington. The District is adjacent to the city of Vancouver, WA, is rural and suburban in nature and responds to over 4,300 calls per year out of five (5) 24-hour staffed fire stations with an on-duty Battalion Chief. Response apparatus include four Type 1 engines and a quint. The District is slated to receive four brand new Type 1 apparatus by the end of 2021.

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. 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 20 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, Approximately 20 volunteers

Hiring Status

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Entry Level FF/EMT & FF/Paramedic has 2 vacancies.

Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) is establishing an eligibility list for Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic. The 2021 entry base Firefighter monthly salary is $5,570 (additional salary DOQ).

Salary Information

$66,840.00 to $89,136.00 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

Longevity Incentive

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.

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.
Obtain Clark County certification within 6 months of hire.
Paramedic Certification If applying as a paramedic, must possess a valid Washington State EMT-Paramedic certification or National Registry EMT-Paramedic certification.
Obtain Clark County certification within 6 months of hire.
Current Hiring Status

Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) anticipates filling 2-3 vacancies for firefighter or firefighter/paramedic. The 2021 entry base Firefighter monthly salary is $5,570 (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

Other Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue positions

Lateral Firefighter EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic

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