Firefighter Position

Richland Fire & Emergency Services - Firefighter

 

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Richland Fire & Emergency Services - Firefighter

Last updated on January 17, 2022
PST Partner Agency since October 19, 2011

Important Information

The City of Richland (City) maintains an ongoing and merged certification list for Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic positions.  We currently are working to build and maintain a certification list for 2022 and will be conducting oral board processes on a continuous basis throughout the year, beginning in March. 

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). Scores from the PST eligibility list are good for one (1) year from the date of PST testing.

Once the PST testing process, including the PHS are completed, we encourage eligible candidates to visit the City's website 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

We are currently seeking to add to our certification list for year 2022.  We will be holding oral board processes throughout the year.  We are seeking entry level Firefighter and Paramedic Firefighter candidates.

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. Our agency will only accept PST’s CPAT

Your CPAT must be completed 180 days (~6 months) before or after your passing written exam.

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 website 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. Our agency will only accept PST’s CPAT


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