Firefighter Position

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Lateral Firefighter EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic

 

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Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Lateral Firefighter EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic

Last updated on June 03, 2021
PST Partner Agency since September 26, 2017

Vacancies: 2-5

Important Information

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue anticipates filling 2 immediate vacancies in 2021. The candidate list will remain in effect for the next 12 months as future openings are anticipated.

Timeline:

Job Posting: May 28th, 2021

Job Closing: June 16th, 2021

Zoom Interviews: June 24th and 25th

Oral Board Interviews (candidates over 200 miles from Ridgefield, WA can request zoom interview): July 8th and 9th, 2021

Chief Board Interviews: July 16th, 2021

Please pay special attention to the requirements below.

Prospective lateral-level Firefighter/PM and Firefighter/EMT 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. Candidates must create a profile through Public Safety Testing for an interview. No written is required. CPAT and PHS are required by the time of the chiefs board (July 16th). Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue recognizes the impact of such a major life decision in moving to a new department and welcomes lateral candidates to come start the process, learn more about our department, and get a feel for compatibility before having to provide more detailed information. 

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 at time of Chiefs Board Interviews. A valid, recognized CPAT certification must be provided by July 16th, 2021 at time of Chiefs Interview.

Personal History Statement (PHS):

A completed Personal History Statement (PHS) MUST be uploaded to your Public Safety Testing account at the time of the Chiefs Interview July 16th, 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 - Lateral Firefighter EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic has 2-5 vacancies.

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

Salary Information

$66,840.00-$89,136.00 Annually depending on qualifications and experience. Plus a 10% paramedic differential.

Benefit Information

Comprehensive Medical and Dental  (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 (employer paid). Refer to CBA for comp

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Lateral Firefighter EMT & 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) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Legally Eligible to Work in the US
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. Include a detailed description in your PHS.

Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must successfully pass the medical/physical exam during testing process.
Prior Experience Requirement Prospective lateral- level Firefighter/PM and Firefighter/EMT 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 

EMT Certification

Current EMT licenses required to test. Must obtain Washington State reciprocity within 90 days of hire.

Firefighter 1 Certification Must hold a IFSAC FF1 certificate
Paramedic Certification

Washington State EMT-P certification or National Registry EMT-P certification. Must obtain Clark County certification within 6 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 that exam for Washington State certification.

Prior FF Experience Required

Prospective lateral- level Firefighter/PM and Firefighter/EMT 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.

Prior EMT Experience Required

Prospective lateral- level Firefighter/PM and Firefighter/EMT 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 anticipates filling 2-3 vacant Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/Paramedic positions with a Lateral FF/EMT or FF/PM later in 2021
CPAT PST or any verifiable CPAT certification due at time of Chiefs interview.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant

A written test is not required for this position.

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

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue - Lateral Firefighter EMT & 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
Driving
Automatic 1 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
Employment
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 EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic

911 N 65th Ave
Ridgefield, WA 98642 Clark/Cowlitz County
360-887-4609

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Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
CPAT: No, not required (may be required later)


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