Firefighter Position

Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic



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Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic

Last updated on August 15, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Important Information

Firefighter/Paramedic Job description

The City of Pasco maintains an eligible list for Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic positions. We are not currently in active hiring for this position.

In order to be eligible to participate in the City's application screening process in the future, applicants should first complete the initial testing (written exam and CPAT) and complete the online Personal History Statement (PHS) with Public Safety Testing (PST). The CPAT can be obtained from any provider (including PST), but written testing and PHS must be completed with PST. Scores from the PST eligibility list are good for one (1) year from the date of PST testing.

Once the PST testing process and current CPAT is obtained, and the PHS is completed, eligible candidates will be contacted to complete Oral Boards.

Community Information

The City of Pasco is located at the confluence of the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake Rivers and is, therefore, a gateway to the agriculturally rich Columbia Basin. Pasco enjoys great weather, with nearly 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. This wonderful weather, combined with the area's waterways enables residents and visitors to enjoy many outdoor activites from water sports, golf, wine touring to outdoor theater.

Department Information

The Pasco Fire Department welcomes your interest and we encourage you to contact us should you have any questions.

Highlights of Pasco Fire:

  • Great schedule! 48/96 means 48 hours on shift, 4 days off!
  • Exceptional health benefits (click here to view benefits summary for details)
  • Busy department with over 7,000 calls for service annually
  • Opportunities to be on special operations teams such as the Technical Rescue Team and Water Rescue Team
  • Excellent training program

The Pasco Fire Department was established by council action on July 16, 1908 after a series of fires destroyed portions of the town. Our current responsibilities have expanded from the initial mission of fire suppression to include the efficient delivery of the many varied types of emergency services required today.

The fire department is an all-hazards organization that provides fire (structural and wildland), advanced life support emergency medical services, technical rescue (swiftwater, high and low angle rope, confined space, vehicle/machinery, and trench), hazardous materials, aircraft rescue and firefighting emergency services. We respond to over 7,000 calls for service annually. Our goal is to arrive within 6 minutes of notification of the alarm.

We are an active community partner and have established many mutually beneficial relationships with other community organizations including the Pasco Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Franklin County Emergency Management, Franklin County Public Utilities District, Pasco School District, and Cascade Natural Gas Company. Our Community Risk Reduction program serves as an outreach to other community organizations such as homeowner's groups and other social networks and services. We are committed to community safety, firefighter safety, and financial stewardship.

We are dedicated to preserving the past, protecting the present and leading the future.

Area Information

County: Franklin
Population: 75,000
# of Staff: 85

Hiring Status

Step 1: Written Exam

  • The written exam is administered by Public Safety Testing
  • Firefighter applicants click here
  • Firefighter/Paramedic applicants click here
  • Go to the corresponding application link above for further information on the testing process and to sign up to take the exam
  • As part of this testing process you will be required to complete a personal history statement, (PHS) that encompasses detailed information about you

Failure to return your completed PHS will result in disqualification from the hiring process.

Step 2: The Oral Board

As openings in the fire department become available you will be scheduled for an Oral Board. During the Oral Board you will sit across from a panel consisting of two sworn officers and a community member. You will be sent an e-mail inviting you to participate in the Oral Board examination and will have to submit an application with our agency along with additional forms. Read the requirements carefully as to not miss submitting all of the required paperwork.

Step 3: Eligible List Final Score

The score from the Oral Board and written exam is combined into a combined score. This along with points for military service is added for a final score. These final scores are then taken to the Civil Service Commission for certification of an eligible list. Firefighter/EMT’s have a separate eligible list from Firefighter/Paramedics.

Step 4: The Background Process

As positions in the fire department become available, the Chief reviews the top 5 candidates from the certified civil service eligible list and sets up command board interviews. If you pass the command board interview, the background investigator will then begin the review of candidates in the following manner;

  • Integrity interview
  • Thorough records and driver records check.
  • Review of past employment
  • Interviews of references and others.

This process can take some time, so please be patient.

Ensure you meet the requirements. You must meet the minimum hiring standards for all fire department employees. Once in the background investigation process, applicants who do not meet the fire department's eligibility requirements will no longer be considered and disqualified from the eligible list. All disqualifications are reviewed by Civil Service for final approval. If you are disqualified, you may not reapply for a position for one year from the date of disqualification.

Step 5: The Hiring Process

If the background investigation has no findings that would warrant disqualification, the Fire Chief will request permission to hire to the City Manager. Upon City Manager approval the Pasco Human Resources department will send you a conditional offer of employment.

DO NOT QUIT YOUR CURRENT JOB or MOVE until you have completed all of the conditions outlined in the conditional offer letter!

After receiving a conditional offer of employment you will be scheduled for additional tests; which will include a psychological and medical exam. Once you receive notification that you have passed your conditions, you will confirm a start date with Human Resources.

Salary Information

Benefit Information

Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic Requirements

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

PST's CPAT must be completed by the testing deadline outlined

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required

Current Valid Driver License - Any State

Ability to obtain Driver Licene in WA State

Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20
Paramedic Certification Current Washington or national Paramedic certification

The City of Pasco will accept CPATs from any verifiable agency, including Public Safety Testing. The CPAT must have be obtained within the past year of the date that you apply for the position.

Please ensure you upload a copy of your acceptable CPAT documentation into your PST account, so the City can review your materials

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

Pasco Fire Department - 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
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 10 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 10 years.
Automatic 2 or more at-fault accidents in past 10 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 1 year.
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 1 year.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 1 year. No more than 0 uses total.
Automatic Illegal use of 1 or more different controlled substances.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Illegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 0 times in lifetime.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic 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.

Contact Information

Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic

525 N. 3rd Ave.
Pasco, WA 99301 Franklin County


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

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