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Lacey Fire District #3 - Entry-Level Firefighter
Last updated on August 10, 2022
PST Partner Agency since April 28, 2022
Testing Deadline: September 16, 2022.
Applicants are now being accepted through September 16, 2022 for consideration to the eligibility list for hire in 1st Quarter 2023.
Lacey Washington is situated on Washington’s beautiful Puget Sound at the western edge of the pristine Cascade Mountains. The city offers visitors the perfect opportunity to discover everything that makes the northwest so spectacular. Sparkling lakes and saltwater, densely-forested parklands, championship fairways, miles of hiking and biking trails, and an adjoining 3,700-acre wildlife refuge make enjoying nature as convenient as it is exciting. Towering above it all, the unbelievable magnificence of Mt. Rainier.
Lacey has bit of something for everyone with first class restaurants, limitless outdoor adventures, ample parks and open space, great entertainment options, a lively business community, strong public school systems, and friendly community members.
Lacey was ranked as the 75th best overall, and 2nd best in Washington state, of “100 Best Places to Live in America” list for 2019.
Since 1948, Lacey Fire District 3 has been providing services to the community, with a population of 100,000 and an area of approximately 70 square miles in northeast Thurston County between the Nisqually River and the City of Olympia. We serve roughly 34% of Thurston County’s population and protect over $13.6 billion in assessed valuation.
We provide fire and life safety response from five stations strategically located throughout the district; four of these stations are staffed 24-hours per day. Our department staffing rotates through four 24-hour shifts, each carrying an average of 26 full-time career emergency responders (firefighters, line officers, and firefighter/paramedics) and a cadre of volunteer firefighters. A fifth station, with volunteer residents, provides additional coverage in the southeast area of the District. These emergency responder personnel provide our external services – fire and rescue response, basic and advanced life support response, special operations response (static water, low-angle and rope rescue technical rescue), fire investigation, inspections and community education.
In 2022, our operating budget is $31.3 million. The District’s Fire, Rescue and Paramedic services are funded primarily through property taxes, contracts, and intergovernmental agreements.
Lacey Fire District 3 had a call volume of 20,078 in 2021 responding to 71% EMS, 2% Fire, and 27% Other calls for assistance. Call volume in 1st Quarter 2022 was 3,920.
# of Staff: 160
Lacey Fire District #3 - Entry-Level Firefighter has 4 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is September 16, 2022.
The District will be establishing an Eligibility List in mid-September 2022 for a 1st Quarter 2023 hire. The top ranked applicants will be invited to apply directly with the District.
Lacey Fire District 3 has an ongoing eligibility list. Candidates on the list are eligible for 12 months and are considered for any opening during that time.
2023 Step 1 Salary = $6,909/mo. Education, Longevity, Tech Pay and Military Credit is available.
This position is represented by IAFF (Local 2903), LEOFF Retirement.
District-provided benefits include exceptional medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents plus health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) and deferred compensation program (DCP) contributions. Additional benefits include employee-paid life and disability insurance. Paid personal, sick, and vacation leave; 10 paid holidays, as well as wellness and educational incentives are also included.
Please note: Lacey Fire District 3 does not participate in the Social Security retirement program.
Lacey Fire District #3 - Entry-Level Firefighter Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)||
Yes, required as described below
Lacey Fire District 3 will accept PST or any verifiable CPAT that occurs 12 months prior to submitting a District application. CPAT verification is required to accompany the District application. If you have a non-PST CPAT please upload it to the Candidate Files section of your PST account. Please do not send CPAT verification to the District.
|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|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||No adult felony convictions at any time.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Correctable to 20/20|
Prefer AA/AS Degree in Fire Science or BA/BS in any field.
|Prior Experience Requirement||No|
|Veterans Preference Points||Yes|
|Firefighter 1 Certification||
Prefer IFSAC Firefighter 1 Certificate.
|Prior FF Experience Required||
Prefer one year active service as a responder in a fire services agency.
Any tattoo, brand, or mutilation on the head, front side of the neck, scalp or face must be covered by way of a uniform, business attire or neutral colored skin patch while on duty. Tattoos, brands or mutilations that are inappropriate, as determined at the sole discretion of the Fire chief, must also be covered.
Except for stud pierced earrings worn in the ear, or a single stud in the nose, no body piercing shall be visible while any member is on-duty.
Alteration to any area of the body visible in any authorized uniform or attire that is a deviation from normal anatomical features and which is not medically required is prohibited.
Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at time of application.
Must pass Fit-For-Duty medical and psychological examinations and a nation-wide background check.
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider the highest score received within the past one year|
|Request/Access Scores||On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur|
Lacey Fire District #3 - Entry-Level 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.
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