Firefighter Position

Kittitas County Fire District #7 - Firefighter

 

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Kittitas County Fire District #7 - Firefighter

Last updated on July 02, 2021
PST Partner Agency since June 09, 2021

Testing Deadline: August 14, 2021.

Important Information

Kittitas County Fire District 7 is requesting a list of eligible candidates from Public Safety Testing (PST) by August 15, 2021 to establish a one year hiring list. The assessment center and interviews are expected to be held in early September, 2021. Notifications will be sent to candidates via email on file with PST. The deadline to test for this hiring list is August 14, 2021

48/96 Shifts. Please complete your PST Personal History Statement (PHS). 

Community Information

I-90 is one of the major U.S. West – East Interstate highways connecting West Coast ports to the mid-west and East coast. It sends 31,000 vehicles through the length of our fire district every day. In addition, we cover approximately 20 miles along SR-970 extending to SR-97 up to the top of Blewett Pass. This accounts for many collisions, extrications and injury accident responses during the busy summer weekends and snow-covered winter months in this Cascade Mountain range. In total the district covers 40 miles of major highway in addition to our county roads.

During the summer, car, truck, grass and wildfires add to the frequent car and truck crashes which continue during the hot summer months as I-90 and SR-970 pass through the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest completely surrounds Fire District 7 on 3 sides creating a Wildland Urban Interface that is unique. The fire hazard to our community has been dramatically highlighted by recent state and national responses such as the Jolly Mountain and Taylor Bridge Fires . These external impacts of the Interstate Highway and immediate proximity to forest fire affects the national forest and raises our needs for fire protection services to a very high level. Our community of 5000 residents provides funding for Fire and EMS responses through a very small tax base. There is minimal revenue reimbursement available for the local fire departments to help offset the costs of responding to incidents on these highways. This is what makes our need to maintain and increase our career staffing so critical. Our local fire crews are ALWAYS the first responders for initial attack to forest and wildland fires within our immediate response area. Without them, there would be no emergency response to the freeways, our residents, or into the surrounding forest lands. While the forest service and state Department of Natural Resources do have wildland fire crews, they must respond from far away or could be tied up on another fire which is very common at the peak of fire season.

Department Information

Kittitas County Fire District 7, KCFD#7, was founded in the early 1980’s. We started with one fire station and a few volunteers. Today Fire District 7 has grown to 8 stations; each station has at least a fire engine and a wild-land brush truck. We also have 7 water tenders and 4 licensed Aid Cars (ambulance) and a ladder truck. This is the only ladder truck in Upper Kittitas County. The District is staffed with 9 full-time (three per shift) career firefighters and 40 volunteers from the community. The goal of the District has been to continue to enhance and increase our services to the public. The district continues to grow as more homes are built into the wildland urban interface. The District has expanded from 80 to 126 square miles.

Area Information

County: Kittitas County
Population: 6000
# of Staff: 9 FF 3 Admin

Hiring Status

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is August 14, 2021.

Kittitas County Fire District 7 is requesting a list of eligible candidates from Public Safety Testing (PST) by August 15, 2021 to establish a one year hiring list. The assessment center and interviews are expected to be held in early September, 2021. Notifications will be sent to candidates via email on file with PST. The deadline to test for this hiring list is August 14, 2021

Salary Information

Starting for FF is $60,000 a year, 2nd year $63,000, and 3rd year $66,000

Benefit Information

Full Medical, Dental and Vision paid for FF.  Dependents health care paid at 60%.

Kittitas County Fire District #7 - Firefighter Requirements

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

PST or any verifiable CPAT

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Washington State Driver's License
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Veterans Preference Points Yes
EMT Certification Yes
CPAT

Kittitas County Fire District #7 - 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
Driving
Potential Driving records will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Drug Usage
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Must successfully pass the department's medical physical exam, which includes a drug screen.
Criminal Activity
Potential Reviewed on a case by case basis. 
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Employment
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.

Contact Information

Kittitas County Fire District #7 - Firefighter

31 Firehouse Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922 Kittitas County County
509-656-4100

Website


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


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