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Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter Paramedic

 

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Graham Fire & Rescue - Firefighter Paramedic

Last updated on March 18, 2021
PST Partner Agency since June 22, 2018

Testing Deadline: April 14, 2021.

Important Information

Written and CPAT tests must not be older than October 14, 2020. Scores. PST scores will be reviewed April 15, 2021 and those with 70% or higher will be invited to the Assessment Center which is tentatively scheduled for beginning of May 2021.

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 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.

Department Information

For any questions about recruitment process please email avandenkooy@grahamfire.org



Area Information

County: Pierce
Population: 63,000
# of Staff: 131

Hiring Status

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. Candidates must successfully complete a medical physical, psychological testing and extensive background investigation to receive a full offer of employment. Conditional offers anticipated by June 30, 2021.


Number of Current Vacancies: Multiple

Salary Information

$6,721.89 to $9,181.11

Benefit Information

Deferred Compensation Plans are available to employees with employer contributions. This is a tax-deferred investment and savings plan. The District currently contributes $508.24 per month.


INSURANCE

Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription and Orthodontic Insurances are provided for you, your spouse 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.


VACATIONS

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.


COLLEGE REIMBURSEMENT

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 Paramedic Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Yes, required as described below

Written and CPAT testing must be completed between October 14, 2020 and April 14, 2021. Graham Fire & Rescue accepts CPAT certificates from  PST and non-PST CPATs.

Minimum Age 18
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 https://fortress.wa.gov/dol/dsdiadr/
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.
Paramedic Certification

Must present proof of current certification from any state, current National Registry Certification or completion of certified Paramedic program and awaiting National Registry results at time of testing. OR current students which must take and pass the National Registry Certification prior to June 30, 2021.

Other
CPAT
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 Paramedic

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

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Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below


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