Firefighter Position

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - Lateral FF/PM and FF/EMT



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Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - Lateral FF/PM and FF/EMT

Last updated on November 23, 2020
PST Partner Agency since November 13, 2020

Vacancies: 3

Testing Deadline: December 11, 2020.

Important Information

Lateral FF/EMT and FF/PM announcement

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue is establishing eligibility lists with the intent to hire 3 FF/PM's to begin employment January 26th, 2021. For more information on Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, visit our webpage at

Lateral/experienced new-hires will attend up to 80 hours of orientation/training, before going onto their assigned shift.

Please pay attention to the timeline and checklists:

Written test:

There is NO written test for this lateral entry process.


For an application, please go to for an application packet. Submit the application by emailing it to, mailed or hand delivered to 701 Vine St., Kelso, WA 98626. Deadline is December 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Please pay attention to the checklist below. 

  • Only complete application packets will be reviewed. Application packets must include:
    • Completed application packet (including background check authorization forms)
    • Photo copy of current driver’s license & 5-year employment driving abstract
    • FFI Certification (or proof of scheduled test date before 12/31/20)
    • CPAT Certification 
    • ICS 100, 200, 700, 800
    • High school diploma or GED, and any higher degrees you have obtained
    • If applicable, attach a copy of your military DD214
    • Current EMS Certification (with ACLS, PALS and PHTLS for paramedics)
    • Any other relevant professional certifications you have obtained that you want to include
  • Applications may be emailed to or mailed or returned in person to :
    Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
    701 Vine St
    Kelso, WA 98626
  • If you have previously applied for a position with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and are interested in this opportunity please contact us at 360-578-5218 to verify eligibility.

Candidates must submit a Personal History Statement (PHS) along with the application by December 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Candidates moving on from the application phase of the process will be contacted for an interview during the week of December 14, 2020. Candidates moving onto the Chiefs interview will be later in the same week.

Physical abilities test:

Applicants must possess a valid CPAT card dated anytime from December 11, 2019 to December 11, 2020. Any legitimate CPAT will suffice.

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. https://www.

Timeline Checklist:

Application period- November 17, 2020 through December 11, 2020

Oral board interviews- December 14-15

Chiefs Interviews- December 16-17

Background/Medical/Psych- December 21, 2021 to January 15, 2021

Anticipated start date- January 26, 2021


You may contact our main office, 360-578-5218.

Community Information

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue is nestled in the Pacific Northwest and within the great City of Kelso, WA and Cowlitz County. We are 1-2 hours from recreation and big city entertainment with Portland/Vancouver an hour South, Seattle (GO Hawks!) two hours North, and the Pacific Ocean an hour West. In 2 hours, you could be snow skiing at Mount Hood, OR or White Pass, WA or recreating on one of several lakes or rivers during the summer. The area is known for the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in May of 1980 and for its hunting and fishing. Cowlitz County has outstanding school districts, parks and sports program that makes raising a family here enjoyable. Lower Columbia College is in Longview and boasts several degree programs, including a nationally recognized nursing program. Kelso/Longview was founded by the logging industry in the '20's and Lewis & Clark trekked through the area on their way to the coast. Several movies have been filmed in the area, including Twilight and Men of Honor. And, if you're a Sasquatch believer, every January at the Cowlitz County Convention Center there's a festival celebrating the myth (or truth) behind his/her existence. The community celebrates July 4th with a firework show at Lake Sacajawea and every summer the fair comes to the Cowiltz County Fairgrounds with the Thunder Mountain rodeo and carnival rides.

Come join the Cowlitz 2 family - WE.... ARE COWLITZ 2!!

Department Information

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue is a combination all-hazard fire department that serves the City of Kelso and unincorporated areas of Cowlitz County. Our department was founded on December 6, 1947 as part of a special election. Our service area is approximately 152 square miles. We provide service to approximately 34,000 citizens, responding to approximately 5000 calls/year. We respond to the emergencies with 3 on-duty ALS/BLS ambulances and one fire engine spread among the 5 fire stations within the District. In 2020, two new fire stations were demolished and replaced as part of an $11,000,000 bond approved by our citizens in 2016 and new apparatus/equipment purchased and placed in service to include our first ladder truck (L25) stationed at our Lexington Station 25. We have mutual aid response with the other Fire Districts in Cowlitz County and with Longview Fire Department.

Our staff consists of 38 full-time firefighters represented by IAFF 3828, 9 part-time firefighters, 9 intern firefighters and currently 12 staff members that make  up the administrative staff that supports the operations and business side of the District. In, addition we have 50-60 volunteers that participate on shift and respond from home as needed. We have additional programs that contribute to the growth and development of a professional firefighter, these programs include, fire investigation, hazmat technician, wildland mobilization, etc.

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue utilizes the 3 platoon shift schedule and the Modified Detroit schedule. In addition, there's a 4th shift (Day shift) that makes up some of the administrative staff supporting operations. 

Annually the department participates in Shop with a Firefighter, MDA, and National Night Out. 

Come join the Cowlitz 2 family. WE.... ARE COWLITZ 2!!

Area Information

County: Cowlitz County
Population: 34,000
# of Staff: 110

Hiring Status

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - Lateral FF/PM and FF/EMT has 3 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 11, 2020.

Currently, we anticipate hiring 3 firefighter/paramedics on a Safer Act grant that the District was awarded. Anticipated start date is January 26, 2021. This grant is for 3 years, fully funding the 3 positions. 

Currently there are no anticipated open firefighter/EMT positions, however, we're conducting a process to establish a Lateral FF/EMT list for any potential open positions in the future. 

Salary Information

2021 wage scale for FF/PM is as follows: 


2021 wage scale for FF/EMT is as follows:


Benefit Information

Medical/Dental/Vision (PPO or Kaiser)

Deferred comp match

MERP (Medical expense reimbursement plan) match

Longevity pay

Vacation and floating holidays

27 day Kelly-day cycle (A Kelly day every 9th shift)

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - Lateral FF/PM and FF/EMT Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination No, not required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Yes, required as described below

PST or any verifiable CPAT, within the last year. Please provide a current CPAT card with your application.

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.
EMT Certification

NREMT or WA EMT certification

Firefighter 1 Certification Must be IFSAC 
Paramedic Certification

NREMT or WA Paramedic certificate with ACLS, PALS and PHTLS certificates

Prior FF Experience Required Minimum of 2 years continuous service fulltime service within another IAFF local. 

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - Lateral FF/PM and FF/EMT 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
Potential 3 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic No criminal driving violations in the last 5 years. 
Drug Usage
Automatic Drug-free 
Criminal Activity
Potential Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Crimes against vulnerable populations

Contact Information

Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - Lateral FF/PM and FF/EMT

701 Vine St.
Kelso, WA 98626 Cowlitz County County


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

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