Kootenai County Fire & Rescue - Firefighter/EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue - Firefighter/EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic
Last updated on December 20, 2023
PST Partner Agency since July 29, 2021
12/20/23 Update: Our hiring process is complete - we have filled all 16 vacancies at this time
Requirements to Apply:
- Must meet all listed minimum qualifications to apply
- Complete the PST written exam - scores must be within 12 months of the testing/application deadline
- Posses any verifiable CPAT - must be current within 12 months of the testing/application deadline - upload your Non-PST CPAT certification to candidate profile (PST CPAT's are automatically added to candidate profiles, no upload necessary)
- Posses a current Idaho (or reciprocal) State EMT OR NREMT license - continued employment is contingent upon obtaining an Idaho State EMS license -upload your EMT license to candidate profile
- Complete PST's PHS
- Veterans wishing to claim preference points must upload a copy of the DD 214 form to your candidate profile (must be an honorable discharge) - 5 preference points will be added to your written test score, to create your total overall score
After the application process closes, KCFR will be inviting the 100 most qualified candidates to a panel interview. Upon a panel interview invite, each candidate will be required to complete our KCFR application. This information will be sent to each candidate (invited to panel interviews) and submitted back to KCFR before your interview.
These positions are no longer covered under Social Security, as a result from the Social Security Section 218 Proclamation 2012-02.
KCFR is seeking highly motivated individuals who possess the following characteristics and abilities:
- Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
- Customer focused
- Accountable and ethical conduct
- Stress management/composure
- Problem solving/analysis and strategic thinking
- Teamwork orientation
- Diversity and inclusion
- Health and wellness
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue - Firefighter/EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic Requirements
|Required at time of...
Test scores must be within 12 months of the testing/application deadline
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Yes, required as described below
PST or any verifiable CPAT
Must be current within 12 months of the testing/application deadline
Please upload your Non-PST CPAT certification to your candidate profile (PST CPAT are automatically added to candidate profile, no upload necessary)
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident
|US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
|High School Grad/ GED
|Driver's License Required
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult
|No adult felony convictions at any time.
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile
|Some juvenile convictions may be considered a disqualifier. We will closely review. Include a detailed description in your PHS.
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language
|Must meet NFPA 1582 vision standards
|Prior Experience Requirement
|Career FF/EMT experience is not required but preferred
|Veterans Preference Points
|Yes, must upload to your candidate profile your DD Form 214 to display proof of Honorable Discharge - 5 preference points awarded to veterans w/Honorable Discharge
Yes, must posses a current Idaho (or reciprocal) State EMT or NREMT license - continued employment is contingent on obtaining an Idaho State EMS license
|Firefighter 1 Certification
|Firefighter 1 is preferred, not required
|Paramedic licensure is preferred, not required
1. Body art that is deemed inappropriate or offensive shall not be exposed.
2. Body piercings are prohibited
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS: items described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the primary elements (essential functions) of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during day and night shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations. Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in confined spaces, in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. It is reasonably anticipated that the individual will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and other infectious materials in the course of duties. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is frequently required during every day operations. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting or EMT activities when noise levels may be loud. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to see; sit; talk; hear; stand; walk; use of hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to lift, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell. The employee must routinely lift or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 100 (+) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Working near or around hostile situations and occasionally unknowingly entering hostile environments – standards and precautions to reduce risks are available and mandated.
PST or any verifiable CPAT certification - must be current within 12 months of testing/application deadline
Non-PST CPAT Certifications must be uploaded to your candidate profile by the testing deadline
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant
|We consider the highest score received within the past one year
|On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue - Firefighter/EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic 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.
TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
If you have tested with PST in the past 12 months, there may be additional positions you are now eligible to add. Several departments have temporarily changed their testing policies due to the suspension in testing that COVID-19 has caused. Please login to your PST account and navigate to the ‘New Positions’ page to see what departments you can add! We will regularly update that page in your account as departments send updates.
FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
To sign up for this placeholder event, select the June 15, 2020 test date in your category (police, fire, 911 dispatch, corrections, etc.).
You may also click on the test event of interest below to sign up:
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