Firefighter Position

Northside Fire District - Lateral Firefighter/EMT



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Northside Fire District - Lateral Firefighter/EMT

Last updated on March 14, 2023
PST Partner Agency since March 07, 2023

Vacancies: 2

Testing Deadline: April 24, 2023.

Important Information

The Northside Fire District is currently hiring 2 Lateral Firefighter/EMT Positions.

Job Posting: March 8, 2023

Testing Deadline: April 24, 2023

Oral Board Interviews: April 26 and 27, 2023 (by Zoom if needed)

Chief's Interviews: April 28, 2023

Required Certifications: Essentials of Firefighting or Firefighter I and EMT


2 or more consecutive years as a full-time firefighter or part-time firefighter at a fire agency in the United States within 12 months prior to application deadline;

OR 4 or more consecutive years as a residential firefighter at a fire agency in the United States within 12 months prior to application deadline;

OR 6 or more consecutive years as a volunteer firefighter at a fire agency in the United States within 12 months prior to application deadline.

Candidates will need to successfully pass the PST and CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) within the last 12 months prior to application deadline.

Community Information

Located on the northern shores of Lake Pend Oreille and extending north to the Bonner/Boundary County line, Northside Fire District contains some of the most beautiful and rugged country North Idaho has to offer. At 115 square miles, Northside is one of the largest fire districts in Bonner County and protects two major highways, three different railways, and a portion of the TransCanada pipeline. The citizens and visitors of our district are protected and cared for by the Chief, Captain and 2 full-time firefighters along with 15 volunteers.

Department Information

Northside Fire District consists of 4 stations containing 4 engines, 4 tenders, 3 brush trucks, 1 rescue unit, 2 command vehicles and 1 rescue boat. The District is overseen by a Board of 3 Fire Commissioners. The District has one station containing living quarters and is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The full-time staff work a 48/96 schedule.  Northside Fire District is responsible for fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical ALS response, technical rescues, fire code inspections and fire investigations.  We also assist in fire suppression with the Idaho Department of Lands and have a mutual aid agreement with other agencies in Bonner and Boundary Counties.

Job Description


Respond to all alarms

In addition to emergency calls, perform such other duties as required including full cooperation with other members of the District, full participation in the training program, maintenance of the quarters and equipment, and perform other related work as their superior officers may direct.

· Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with the policies, procedures and safety practices.

· Perform all the functions of a Firefighter

· Will be responsible for the inspection of buildings for fire hazards to ensure compliance with all applicable codes

· Responsible for maintenance and repair of all firefighting equipment

· Participate in emergency rescue procedures

· Perform fire prevention education programs

· Will be required to function as an apparatus operator

Knowledge of: 

· Modern firefighting and prevention methods and equipment

· Geography, building conditions and major fire hazards throughout the District

· Current trends regarding the administration of firefighting and fire prevention activities

· Municipal budgeting for District operations

· Effective management and supervisory practices

Ability to:

· Operate a variety of firefighting equipment apparatus

· Maintain certification levels that result in ability to perform firefighting and emergency response duties

· Exercise initiative, resourcefulness, dependability and sound judgment in emergencies

· Make sound decisions in accordance with laws, ordinances, regulations and established polices

· Demonstrate effective customer service and interpersonal skills

· Follow written and oral instruction

· Prepare and maintain records, documents, financial accounts and related reports

· Operate standard office equipment and a personal computer including program applications appropriate to assigned duties

· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, employees, supervisors and managers, vendors, Fire Commissioners and the general public

· Perform time management, organizational and scheduling functions, meet deadlines and set task priorities

· Use logical and creative thought processes to develop reasonable solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions

· Work independently, with minimal supervision, and make appropriate decisions in the absence of a supervisor

· Work well under pressure and maintain a calm and professional demeanor under stressful or adversarial conditions

· Demonstrate patience, integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks


· Must be 18 years of age

· High School diploma or equivalent

· Possess a valid driver’s license

· Essentials of Firefighting or Firefighter 1

· Driver Operator certification ***

· Must possess and maintain an Idaho EMT Basic or National Registry EMT certification or at time of appointment

· Must successfully pass a written exam, physical agility test and an oral interview

· Must pass a medical exam and drug screen test that meets physical requirements set forth by Northside Fire District/NFPA 1582

· Wildland 130s-190 ***

***If current Firefighters do not meet this qualification, 1 year will be given to obtain as of date of hire.

Area Information

County: Bonner
Population: 49,491
# of Staff: 5

Hiring Status

Northside Fire District - Lateral Firefighter/EMT has 2 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is April 24, 2023.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is April 24, 2023.

2 Current openings for Lateral Firefighter/EMT

Salary Information

Annual Salary for a Firefighter/EMT is $ 42,253.00 to $45,651.00 depending on experience.

Benefit Information

Medical Evaluation:

Pre-employment NFPA 1582 Medical Evaluation:  Employer Paid

Paid Leave:

Sick Leave:  18 hours per month with a max accrual of 840 hours.

Vacation:  12 hours per month with a max accrual of 432 hours - increases with longevity

Bereavement Leave: Up to 48 hours

Paternity Leave: Up to 48 hours


Holiday:  8 hours of overtime for holidays worked

Compensatory Time: Maximum accrual 96 hours (voluntary)


Health/Dental: Employer Paid/Offers Family Coverage at the employees expense

Limited Term Life Insurance: Employer Paid

Life Flight Membership: Employer Paid

MERP:  Employer paid Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan


Northside Fire District - Lateral Firefighter/EMT Requirements

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

Candidates will need to successfully pass the CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) within the last 12 months prior to application deadline.

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Not normally, but can be reviewed depending on circumstance.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
College Requirement No
Prior Experience Requirement Yes
Veterans Preference Points Yes
EMT Certification Yes
Firefighter 1 Certification Yes
Firefighter 2 Certification No
Paramedic Certification

Prior FF Experience Required Yes
Prior EMT Experience Required Yes
Current Hiring Status
Body Decorations

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores

Northside Fire District - Lateral Firefighter/EMT 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
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 3 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 3 years.
Potential 2 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic 1 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
Drug Usage
Potential Illegal use of federally illegal drugs in the last 5 year(s).
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in an emergency responder capacity.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.

Withdrawn from consideration for any employment because of the following reasons:

Having been dishonorably discharged from the Untied States Armed Forces;

Lied during any stage of the hiring process;

Falsified his/her application, personal history questionnaire or any other forms during the hiring process.

Potential Failure to pay income tax or child support.

Contact Information

Northside Fire District - Lateral Firefighter/EMT

437 Cedar Ave.
P.O. Box 181
Ponderay, ID 83852 Bonner County


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

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