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North Whatcom Fire and Rescue - Firefighter
Last updated on October 20, 2020
PST Partner Agency since May 11, 2017
Testing Deadline: November 06, 2020.
Whatcom County lies in the furthest northwest corner of both the State of Washington and the continental United States. It is bordered on the north by the Canadian border, on the east by Okanogan County, on the south by Skagit County and on the west by the Strait of Georgia and Bellingham Bay. These borders enclose large parts of the Mount Baker National Forest and the North Cascades National Park, which comprise about two/thirds of Whatcom County's total area. All but a few residents live in the western third of the county. Cities in Whatcom county include Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack, and Sumas. The communities of Whatcom County reflect the region's geographical diversity, rich natural resources and unique historical and cultural character.
Combination department, mostly career. Number of Career Staff: 47; Number of Volunteers: 21
# of Staff: 53
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue - Firefighter has 3 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is November 06, 2020.
The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with speed interviews and oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.
Per The IAFF#106NW Contract dated 2020-2022, starting pay for Recruit Firefighter (0-6 months) is $4,735.03/month. Entry Level Firefighter (7-12 months) pay is $5,284.62/month. NWFR includes education and longevity incentives.
NWFR offers a generous benefits package including: Medical, dental and life insurance. All represented employees are required to be enrolled in the LEOFF II Retirement System. Employees receive paid vacation and sick leave.
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue - Firefighter Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)||
Yes, required as described below
This agency will accept any certified CPAT score. Please send the certification to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||Legal to work in The US|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Any valid US state driver's license excepted at date of test. Must obtain WA state driver's license within 30 days after hire date.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||None.|
|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|
|Veterans Preference Points||5 preference points are awarded to veterans with honorable discharge, submit DD214.|
|EMT Certification||Current Washington State or NREMT.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We only consider the most recent score|
|Request/ Access Scores||On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur|
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue - 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.
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.
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