Firefighter Position

Colfax Fire Department - Firefighter



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Colfax Fire Department - Firefighter

Last updated on September 17, 2020
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Community Information

Colfax is the County seat of Whitman County, and is located about 14 miles north of Pullman / WSU and 60 miles south of Spokane on highway 195. Colfax is an agriculture community, in an area of rolling hills with dryland hillside wheat, barley and legume farming. Colfax has agriculture business and manufacturing, a retail business district, government offices and service firms of accountants and lawyers. Colfax is home to impressive rural health care services, centered on Whitman Hospital and Medical Center, a large doctors clinic, nursing home, assisted living facilities and a congregate care facility. Through the Hospital and clinic, a wide range of medical specialists serves the area. Colfax enjoys a minimal rate of violent crime, and low rates of serious crime and drug problems. The community still has an air of country life and trust. The Police Department's goal is to keep that feeling among the citizens while dealing with the crime and problems of modern society. The school system is considered to be excellent, and there are many houses and building lots available to new residents.

Department Information

Fulltime - 24 hour rotating shifts.  The department has one Fire Chief and two full time firefighters.  Works closely with the Volunteer Fire Department for trainings and calls.

Area Information

County: Whitman
Population: 3,000+
# of Staff:

Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Salary Information

$3,086 - $4,278 DOE with performance based raises range 0%-4%.

Benefit Information

Health (for self and spouse OR dependents); vision & dental for family.

Colfax Fire Department - Firefighter Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Yes, required. Our agency will only accept PST’s CPAT

Your CPAT must be completed 180 days (~6 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or 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 Corrected 20/20
EMT Certification EMT-B
Firefighter 1 Certification IFSAC FF-1
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores Monthly

Colfax Fire Department - Firefighter 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 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Automatic 1 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 1 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 10 years.
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 10 years.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 0 uses total.
Automatic Illegal use of 1 or more different controlled substances.
Automatic Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 0 times in lifetime, and no use within the past 10 years.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Any juvenile felony conviction.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
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.
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Automatic Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Colfax Fire Department - Firefighter

400 N. Mill Street
Colfax, WA 99111 Whitman County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required. Our agency will only accept PST’s CPAT

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