Firefighter Position

Richland Fire & Emergency Services - Firefighter

 

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Richland Fire & Emergency Services - Firefighter

Last updated on August 16, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Vacancies: 8

Important Information

The City of Richland (City) maintains an ongoing and merged certification list for Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic positions. We are currently working to build and maintain a certification list for 2022 and will be conducting oral board processes on a continuous basis throughout the year. We are currently in the process of requesting funding for a new public safety station, which would require us to hire up to 12 firefighters by year end, plus one or two additional positions due to retirements.

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, we encourage eligible candidates to visit the City's Career Center and apply online by clicking on the following link: https://www.ci.richland.wa.us/departments/administrative-services/human-resources/job-opportunities.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure their online City application is current and complete. Applicants are encouraged to attach a current cover letter and resume to their City application.

Area Information

County: Benton
Population: 56,850
# of Staff: 78

Hiring Status

Richland Fire & Emergency Services - Firefighter has 8 vacancies.

Richland Fire and Emergency Services is currently seeking to add to their certification list for year 2022, and are seeking both entry level Firefighters and Paramedics.  We will be holding oral board processes quarterly throughout the year, beginning in March 2022  (Next process is being held on July 12, 2022).  We are currently in the process of seeking funding for a new public safety station, which would require us to hire at least 8 firefighters/paramedics by year end, plus one or two additional positions due to retirements.  

The next process will be held in July 2022.  Those that apply and have all application materials submitted (to included a personal history statement updated within past three months), and have successfully completed the written and physical, before June 30, 2022 (and meet the hiring standards), will be invited to participate.

Salary Information

Please click here to review the current IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement for salary information.

Benefit Information

Please click here to review the current IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement for benefit information.

Richland Fire & Emergency Services - Firefighter Requirements

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

The City of Richland 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.

Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Legally Eligible to Work in the US
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
EMT Certification Candidates must obtain the certification within 6 months from successful completion of Fire Academy.
Firefighter 1 Certification

Candidates must obtain the certification within 6 months from completion of Fire Academy.

Firefighter 2 Certification

Candidates must obtain the certification within 6 months from successful completion of Fire Academy.

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score
Request/Access Scores

On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur and to establish an eligibility list.

Please visit the City's Career Center to review the job posting and job description for the position. 

Richland Fire & Emergency Services - 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.

Category Disqualifier
Driving
Automatic

You have been convicted of Driving under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years, or have two (2) or more DUI convictions. A diversion or similar action (First Degree Negligent Driving) is the same as a conviction.

Your traffic history precludes you from coverage from the City's insurance as a vehicle operator. 

Drug Usage
Potential

Evaluating prior drug use by an applicant for the RF&ES department revolves around the experimental versus the habitual user. Rather than immediately disqualifying an individual for prior drug use, the fire department tries to distinguish between the individual who has used marijuana or other drugs on several occasions (experimented), as opposed to a person who has regularly used drugs over an extended period of time (habitual).

Various factors may be taken into consideration when evaluating prior drug use by an applicant, and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Factors to be considered when determining eligibility include the type of substance used, frequency of use, if the use was experimental, and how recent the usage was. Experimental use is considered usage to determine the effects of a drug.

Another factor that may be considered is whether the prior drug use was self-disclosed by the applicant or discovered during the background investigation.

If at any point, the applicant is determined to meet any of the following disqualifiers, the application process for that individual may be terminated at the discretion of the Chief or designee.

TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT DISQUALIFIERS:

1. Possession or use of marijuana within the last two (2) years.

2. Use of non-prescribed oral or injectable steroids within the last three (3) years.

3. Abuse of inhalants within the last five (5) years. Examples include, but are not limited to, paint, paint thinner, Freon, nitrous oxide, and gasoline.

4. Possession or use of illegal controlled substance within the last ten (10) years. Examples include, but are not limited to, crack/cocaine, Ketamine, GHB, Rohypnol, MDMA (ecstasy), Hallucinogens (PCP, Angel Dust, LSD, and Mushrooms), Opium, Morphine, Heroin, and Methamphetamine/Amphetamine.

5. Use of any illegal drugs after submitting an application with any fire agency within the last five (5) years.

6. Involvement in the illegal manufacture, sale, delivery, or furnishing of any controlled substance or drug to another with the expectation that a personal benefit would be received as a result of the actions – Permanent disqualification.

7. Use of illegal drugs while employed in a fire, EMS, or healthcare capacity – Permanent disqualification.

8. Habitual use of any illegal drug and/or marijuana – Permanent disqualification.

Criminal Activity
Automatic

You have been convicted of any felony charges - traffic or criminal.

You have been convicted of any crime that precludes you from possessing a valid Washington State EMT certification.

Contact Information

Richland Fire & Emergency Services - Firefighter

625 Swift Blvd
Richland, WA 99352 Benton County
509-942-7392

Website


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


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