Firefighter Position

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



The information herein is provided by the respective agency and is only as accurate and as up-to-date as the agency representative(s) update this information. PST is not responsible for the veracity of this data as it is provided directly from the agency. It is ultimately the applicant's responsibility to verify any information about the agency with the agency.

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

Last updated on March 24, 2021
PST Partner Agency since September 26, 2017

Vacancies: 2

Important Information

Clark-Cowlitz Fire & Rescue anticipates filling 2 or 3 vacancies later in 2021. Applying 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 - Lateral Firefighter EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic has 2 vacancies.

Clark County Fire & Rescue intends to fill five (5) vacant firefighter/paramedic position with entry level Firefighter/EMT's or Firefighter/Paramedics or lateral Firefighter/EMT's or Firefighter/Paramedics.  

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 County 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

PST or any verifiable CPAT

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 Have a minimum of 18 months experience as a Firefighter/EMT or Firefighter/PM with a comparable career fire agency.
Veterans Preference Points

Veteran's points are used as outlined in 

RCW 41.04.007 in accordance with RCW 41.04.010 

EMT Certification

Required to test. 

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 Have a minimum of 18 months of full-time firefighting experience with a comparable career fire agency.
Prior EMT Experience Required

Have a minimum of 18 months of full-time firefighting experience with a comparable career fire agency.

Current Hiring Status Clark County 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
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
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
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


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

Other Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue positions

Entry Level FF/EMT & FF/Paramedic

Sign Up