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Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter
Last updated on March 18, 2021
PST Partner Agency since June 22, 2018
Testing Deadline: April 14, 2021.
Test scores should be no older than 6 months prior to April 14, 2021. (October 14, 2020). Applicants scoring 70% or better will be invited to the Assessment Center which is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of May 2021.
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 2020, the District responded to 7,344 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. 92 full time, uniformed career personnel, 19 administrative staff personnel, fleet & facilities employees, 9 firefighters volunteers and 7 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.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding recruitment, please contact Graham Fire & Rescue at 253-548-2516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
# of Staff: 131
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is April 14, 2021.
The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with assessment centers and Fire Chief interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Following the Fire Chief interviews, the candidates will be placed on an approved ranked hiring list. Vacancies are filled by offering the top candidates conditional offers of employment. Conditional offers anticipated by June 30, 2021.
Number of Current Vacancies: Mutliple
$5,738 to $8,197
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
Deferred Compensation Plans are available to employees with employer contribution. This is a tax-deferred investment and savings plan. The District currently contributes $508.24 per month to employee's deferred compensation selection.
Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription and Orthodontic Insurances are provided for you and your dependents in 2021. The District currently contributes to a monthly Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) in the amount of $125, single or $375 for family. Disability Insurance is provided by the Washington State Law Enforcement Officers & Firefighters II (LEOFF) Retirement Plan. The District supplements the long term disability plan with sick leave and other benefit coverage. An Employee Assistance Program is confidentially available and prepaid 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.
Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|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 testing must be completed less than 6 months from April 14, 2021.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||
Acceptable driving record. You must provide your Employment Driving Record from each state you have lived in from the past three years. You can get your Employment Driving Record 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.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
|Request/Access Scores||On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur|
Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter
Graham, WA 98338 Pierce County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below
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