Firefighter Position

Ocean Shores Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter Paramedic



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Ocean Shores Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter Paramedic

Last updated on June 26, 2024
PST Partner Agency since August 11, 2015

Vacancy: 1

Testing Deadline: December 31, 2024.

Important Information

Lateral candidates are not required to take a written exam. Lateral candidates are not required to take a PST CPAT. Qualified candidates will be invited to attend an Oral Board Interview and Practical Skills Assessment. The Oral Board score, and Practical Skills Assessment score will be weighted equally to calculate the candidate’s final score.

After successful completion of the initial testing process, eligible candidates will be invited to a Chief’s interview. A background investigation, psychological testing, and medical exam will take place after conditional offer of employment.

Veteran’s Credit may be available. If requesting Veteran’s Credit, please submit a DD214 Form prior to confirmation of attending an Oral Board/Practical Assessment.

For more information, please view our Recruiting Flyer

Community Information

The City of Ocean Shores, Washington is 1 ½ hours west of Olympia, Washington and is located right on the ocean. Ocean Shores is nationally known for having an excellent atmosphere for relaxation, maintaining an exceptional quality of life, a low crime rate, and a fantastic area for fishing and hunting. The City is approximately 12 square miles and has 6 miles of beachfront and 26 miles of interconnected freshwater lakes and canals. Ocean Shores has approximately 7200 full time residents and experiences nearly 5 million visitors annually.

Department Information

Ocean Shores has approximately 7,200 full-time residents and is heavily populated by tourists year round. The spring and summer months are the peak season with 15,000 to 30,000 visitors per day. The average age of residents is 65 years old.

Ocean Shores is a peninsula that is 6.6 miles long and 3 miles wide. The west part of the peninsula borders the Pacific Ocean and the east “bay side” borders Grays Harbor. Ocean Shores has 23 miles of fresh waterways, lakes and canals.

The Ocean Shores Fire Department is a combination fire department with 28 career personnel including a Chief Officer, Assistant Chief officer, an Administrative Assistant, a Fire Inspector and 24 Firefighters with either paramedic or EMT certifications. Additional personnel consist of volunteer members. The department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The career staff works a 48/96 schedule as per their IAFF local 2109 union contract. The department has three shifts, each with a captain and lieutenant.

As with most fire departments, 85% of the 911 responses are for emergency medicine (EMS). The nearest ER is at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, located 25 miles away in Aberdeen. Per state law, our department also often transports stroke or heart attack patients to a hospital with a higher level of care in Olympia.

Area Information

County: Gray's Harbor
Population: 7200
# of Staff: 28

Hiring Status

Ocean Shores Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter Paramedic has 1 vacancy.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 31, 2024.

1 vacancy

Salary Information

Starting salary: Will be based on the current bargaining agreement between the City of Ocean Shores and IAFF 2109. The current salary range is $7,374-$8,927 per month (depending on qualifications).

Benefit Information


• Schedule 48/96

• Kelly Days:24 hours accrued every 24 days (15)

• Vacation: 6-13 (24 hour) days earned per year

• Sick leave: 18 hours per month

• Longevity pay: 1.5% per 5 years continuous employment

• Retirement through Washington State LEOFF II

• Deferred Compensation contribution of 5% by the city

• Paid Holidays

• Medical/Dental/Vision: 92% paid premiums by the city; 8% Employee contribution, up to

$120/month. Life Insurance of $10,000 provided by the city.

• Short term and long term disability pay for on duty and off duty injuries or illnesses.

• $75.00/mo contribution tot he Medical expense Reimbursement Plan hosted by the WSCFF and

$15.00/mo contribution to LEOFF II disability insurance plan.

• Uniforms/Equipment: initial uniforms/safety equipment provided; clothing allowance of$500/year with


Ocean Shores Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter Paramedic Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination No, not required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 18
Citizenship Must be a U.S. Citizen, Legal Resident, or Legally Eligible for Employment in the United States
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Driver’s License with a history acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony or criminal convictions within the last ten (10) years
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must pass vision exam as part of medical examination.
Prior Experience Requirement Minimum of one (1) year verifiable experience as a current full-time Paid Firefighter/Paramedic and successfully complete the probationary period at current employment
EMT Certification Must have current Washington State EMT-P Certification
Firefighter 1 Certification If no Firefighter 1 Certification, will be required to participate in an approved IFSAC Fire Academy.
Current Hiring Status

Ocean Shores Fire Department - Lateral 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.

Category Disqualifier
Potential Will review driving record.
Drug Usage
Automatic No convictions, will consider others on an individual basis.
Criminal Activity
Automatic No Adult Felony Conviction within the past 10 years.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic No Outstanding warrants or charges pending in a criminal court.
Potential Will review others.
Potential Will review terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
Potential Will review been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
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.
Potential Will review others.
Potential Will review failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Ocean Shores Fire Department - Lateral Firefighter Paramedic

PO Box 909
585 Point Brown Ave NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569 Gray's Harbor County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: No, not required
CPAT: No, not required (may be required later)

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