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Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter
Last updated on September 10, 2021
PST Partner Agency since December 15, 2015
Testing Deadline: November 15, 2021.
The Olympia Fire Department has a continuous hiring process.
Candidates who pass the PST testing should regularly check their email for further information from the City of Olympia.
OFD will receive passing scores from PST (written) and process top-scoring applicants as vacancies occur throughout the year. Typically, this happens at least annually.
Candidates who pass the PST exams above 80% will be invited to an introductory interare first invited to a phase 1 suitability exam. Those who pass the phase 1 suitability exam are invited to an oral board exam. Passing candidates are then ranked on an eligibility register. The next steps include a background investigation, psychological exam, and medical physical.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Human Resources Department at 360-753-8442 and ask to speak to Nicole Camus.
OLYMPIA FIRE DEPARTMENT
Prior to appointment to a position, an applicant must successfully complete a thorough background investigation, behavioral assessment, CPAT, and medical examination. The background investigation may consist of, but is not limited to, the following: criminal, driving, and financial history checks; interview; employment history check; neighborhood check; reference checks.
Failure to successfully pass or complete any phase of the background investigation is cause for removal from employment register. The following information is provided to demonstrate the Olympia Fire Department standards, but it is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Information obtained in the background investigation and testing may be cause for the Fire Chief to request removal of an applicant from a register if any examination contains negative findings.
If you have questions about the background investigation or the civil service process, please call the City of Olympia Civil Service Examiner at 360-753-8442.
Olympia - the Capitol City of Washington State - enjoys the benefits of a stable work force, an engaged and educated community, and a well-supported school system. In addition to public and private primary and secondary schools, Olympia features a community college (South Puget Sound C.C), a state college (The Evergreen State College) and a private Catholic university (St. Martin’s University).
Mild winters and pleasantly warm summers make the Olympia area an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Olympia's geographic location puts one within two hours or less of regional recreational attractions - from hiking, skiing and hunting in the mountains to beachcombing along ocean shores to biking in the Capitol State Forest. Olympia is the home to several community-wide and diverse celebrations such as Lakefair, Arts Walk, Harbor Days, Pet Parade and the Christmas Parade among others.
Olympia has been voted as the Best Place in Western Washington to raise a family and recognized as the most secure and livable mid-sized metro area in the nation. Referred to as the “Hippest Town in the West” by Time Magazine, Olympia is the place to discover creative communities, fresh air and affordable living. It is a great place to serve!
Visit www.olympiawa.gov to view more information about our Department.
The City of Olympia Fire Department is an all-career department with 100 members. The department deploys four engines, one ladder truck, two medic units and a battalion unit. The engines and truck are staffed with three firefighters and an officer, while the medic units are staffed with two firefighter/paramedics. At minimum staffing, there is a full complement of 20 members on duty. OFD covers approximately 25 square miles and in 2020, responded to over 12,000 calls for service. Operations members work a 24 hour shift, 7:30am to 7:30 am, with 48 hours off. Firefighters normally work 8 shifts every 27 days, with one 24 hour Kelly Day off.
# of Staff: 100
Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter has 8 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is November 15, 2021.
The Olympia Fire Department is assembling an eligibility register to hire up to 8 vacancies in 2022. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.
2021: Firefighter Recruit -- $26.53/hour, $ 68,769.39 annual Firefighter-- $78,592.55 - $98,241.21 annual.
Firefighters are members of the International Association of Firefighters. Members receive medical, dental, vision coverage, retirement, basic life and AD&D, supplemental life and long term disability options. The following table outlines benefit contributions of the employee and the City: https://publicsafetytesting.com/media/IAFF%20Benefits%20Chart.pdf
Olympia Fire Department - Firefighter Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)||
Yes, required as described below
Will also accept valid NTN CPAT.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Applicants must obtain a WA driver’s license if appointed.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||Any felony conviction as an adult is disqualifying.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||Any felony conviction as a juvenile may be disqualifying.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Defined within the LEOFF Medical Physical Standards.|
|EMT Certification||EMT certification is required within one year of appointment.|
|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|
Olympia Fire Department - 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.
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.).
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