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Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic
Last updated on February 06, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011
Firefighter/Paramedic Job description
The City of Pasco maintains an eligible list for Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic positions.
In order to be eligible to participate in the City's application screening process, 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.
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.
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.
# of Staff: 85
Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic has 15 vacancies.
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.
Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)||
Yes, required as described below
PST's CPAT must be completed by the testing deadline outlined
|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|
|Other||Required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before date of hire. Proof of vaccination will be requested prior to start date.|
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.
Pasco Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic
Pasco, WA 99301 Franklin County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below
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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.).
You may also click on the test event of interest below to sign up:
Law Enforcement & Corrections Written and Physical Ability Test
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