Firefighter Position

Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter



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Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter

Last updated on October 16, 2023
PST Partner Agency since June 22, 2018

Important Information

Please check our website for the most current hiring information at:

Community Information

Founded in 1963, Pierce County Fire Protection District No. 21, also known as Graham Fire & Rescue, serves a population of about 63,000 residents spread over 70 square miles of southeast Pierce County in Washington State. The District encompasses the communities of Graham, Gem Heights, Bethel/ Green Acres, Frederickson, Kapowsin, Benston, and Thrift. The area is primarily suburban in nature with an increasing number of homes and commercial properties every year. There are 16 schools within the District’s boundaries.

The District is a proud and progressive organization with six fire stations strategically located around the District to provide efficient and immediate response to fire and medical incidents. Response apparatus includes 6 engines, 1 aerial ladder, 4 firefighter/paramedic ALS transport units, and 2 water tenders. The department maintains the latest in vehicles and equipment, from medical electronics to advanced communication and computer systems.

In 2022, the District responded to 7,995 alarms. Over 80% of those requests were related to medical aid incidents. The need for improved services dramatically increases with our community’s rapidly growing population.

The District is governed by a five-member board of elected Fire Commissioners and staffed by approx. 113 full time, uniformed career personnel, 14 administrative staff personnel, fleet & facilities employees, 1 volunteer firefighter / 3 support volunteers. Graham Fire & Rescue is proud of our career and volunteer membership and their continuing commitment to customer oriented services that add value on behalf of the public we serve. The District is the single first response and transport agency for all 9-1-1 medical aid requests. There are no commercial ambulance providers in our District. We operate three ALS Medic Units staffed by firefighter/EMTs and firefighter/paramedics. We operate under a progressive set of protocols designed to give our paramedics the opportunity to aggressively treat medical and trauma emergencies. We maintain a close working relationship with neighboring districts and air transport providers in an effort to ensure the most appropriate care and transport. Because of the suburban/rural nature of our District, our paramedics and EMTs have the opportunity to provide treatment for extended periods of time and thereby develop high level skill sets. Our Medics and EMTs are a very talented group of professionals whose efforts bring continuous recognition to our Department.

The District is actively involved in educating the community through tours and fire safety classes. Our philosophy is heavily weighted toward customer service. The work environment is healthy, fun and productive. All members are treated with respect and viewed as the critical factor in reaching success in our mission goals.

Department Information

Check our webpage for the most current hiring information.

Note that an EMT certification is no longer required to apply for a position.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding recruitment, please contact Graham Fire & Rescue at 253-548-2516 or email

Area Information

County: Pierce
Population: 70,000
# of Staff: 137

Hiring Status

Please see our website at for the most current hiring information.

Number of Current Vacancies: TBD

Salary Information

$6,642 - $9,489 / month

Benefit Information


Deferred Compensation Plans are available to employees with employer contribution. This is a tax-deferred investment and savings plan. The District currently contributes $560.33. per month to employee's deferred compensation selection.


Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription and Orthodontic Insurances are provided for you and your dependents in 2022. The District currently contributes to a monthly Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) contributions.  Each member participates in  a group  long term disability plan.. An Employee Assistance Program is confidential and provided  by the District.


Vacation is based on number of years with the District and ranges from 96 hours to 336 hours annually. Additional holiday time off is 120 hours per year. Additional workweek reduction hours off, total 348 hours. The employee contract contains provisions for sick leave, military leave, jury duty and witness service. Protective clothing and uniforms are provided by the District.


Graham Fire & Rescue agrees to supply to employees interested in higher education, the necessary books and tuition/registration fees for fire science, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and job related courses up to a negotiated amount, approved by the Fire Chief.


1% of First Class FF base pay for validated Associates degree from accredited college.

2% of First Class FF base pay for validated Bachelors degree or higher from accredited college. Max premium of 2%


Our members have additional competitive opportunities to earn premiums for HAZMAT, MSO, PARAMEDIC, TRANSPORT PAY.

Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter Requirements

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

Public Safety Testing (PST) or other CPAT providers will be accepted. CPAT certifications must be provided directly to the agency by the candidate.

Written and CPAT tests must be completed less than 6 months from assessment center date. 

Minimum Age 18
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required

Acceptable driving record. You must provide your FULL Driving Record from each state you have lived in from the past three years. You can get your FULL Driving Record Abstract from your local DOL or Washington residents online at :

Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Convictions will be evaluated on a case by case basis for severity and length of time since conviction.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must meet the requirements of NFPA 1582.
EMT Certification No
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Contact Information

Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter

23014 70th Ave E
Graham, WA 98338 Pierce County
(253) 847-8811


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

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