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Tumwater Fire Department - Firefighter
Last updated on November 17, 2023
PST Partner Agency since October 11, 2016
Testing Deadline: January 31, 2024.
Selection Process Overview - 2024(25) Hiring List
Step 1: Candidates interested in this position must complete the written exam (Firefighter Selection Tool) through Public Safety Testing (PST) and a City of Tumwater Application for employment by January 31, 2024.
Step 2: All candidates with a combined score of 80% on the PST written test will be invited to participate in 9-minute speed interviews scheduled for mid-February 2024 in Tumwater. Candidates must pass with a minimum of 70% on the speed interview will be considered for the next step. Volunteer points are added to passing scores for those that qualify.
Step 3: Top candidates from speed interviews will be invited to participate in oral board interviews. Candidates must pass with a minimum of 70%.
Step 4: Candidates will be placed on a ranked eligibility register based on their scores achieved on PST Written Exam (40%) and the Oral Board Interviews (60%), plus Veteran's preference.
Step 5: The top seven candidates will be invited to a Chief's Interview, which will be potentially scheduled for Spring/Summer of 2024..
Step 6: In the Spring/Summer of 2024, conditional offers of employment may be issued. Candidates will be required to participate in pre-employment screenings, including a medical and psychological exam.
A valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification is needed by prior to appointment letter. CPAT certification is accepted from PST or another agency provider licensed by the IAFF/IAFC. To be valid, CPAT testing must be completed within the last calendar year. Candidates without valid certification that are scheduled for oral board interviews may request a test fee waiver.
Step 7: TBD - Successful candidates will begin a Firefighter Recruit
Academy at a location and time to be determined later.
The City of Tumwater is located at the southern tip of Puget Sound. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. Tumwater is just adjacent to our state capital, the city of Olympia, and 60 miles south of Seattle on the I-5 corridor. Tumwater is part of metropolitan Thurston County which has a population of 269,500. Thurston County offers ample opportunities for both rural and urban living. Many employees enjoy living in the rural county area while still keeping their commute short due to the close proximity of the metropolitan tri-city area of Tumwater, Olympia, and Lacey. Tumwater traces its roots to the pioneer community known as New Market which began on the banks of the Deschutes River in 1845. This site is regarded as the "end of the Oregon Trail" and the early village was the first permanent, European settlement in Washington. Tumwater is a great place to live, work and raise a family.
The Tumwater Fire Department is dedicated to protecting the people, their property, and the environment from natural and man-made emergencies. This protection is delivered to the citizens by means of emergency response, public education, code enforcement and disaster planning. The service area has expanded to meet the needs of our growing community.
The department provides services to the public from two locations, the Headquarters Fire Station, 311 Israel Road SW (24 hrs/day) and the North End substation, 405 Linwood Avenue SW. The City is a contract provider within the Thurston County Medic One system. As a system partner, Advanced Life Support (ALS) certified firefighter paramedics respond to medical emergencies in the city and county, and are fully cross-trained as firefighters. Paramedic services are also provided to the Rochester/Grand Mound.
The Tumwater Fire Department has 45 career positions, 10 volunteers, and three administrative staff operating out of two fire stations. Our primary service area covers over 18 square miles. We receive over 4,000 calls for service per year. The department regularly participates in regional fire training programs with high emphasis on fire safety and efficiency. Operations members work a 4-Platoon schedule with 24-hour shifts.
The City of Tumwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
# of Staff:
Tumwater Fire Department - Firefighter has 2 vacancies.
The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is January 31, 2024.
The City of Tumwater may have two vacancies in 2024 (25).
To be considered, candidates must score 80% or more on the Public Safety Testing (PST) Firefighter Selection Tool written test and release their scores to Tumwater prior to January 31,2024 . All qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a speed interview. The schedule for the recruitment and speed interviews will be posted at a later day, but is expected to take place in the winter of 2024. Detail regarding the process will be posted as soon as testing dates are established.
Note: A valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification is required by the time a conditional offer is made. CPAT certification is accepted from PST or another agency provider licensed by the IAFF/IAFC. If the cost of the CPAT presents a financial hardship, please contact the City’s Human Resources Department at email@example.com.
VisitTumwaterFireJobs.com for more information.
$6,035 - $8,622 per month (2023)
The City of Tumwater is a great place to work. We provide a generous benefit package. The position is represented by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2409. Members receive medical, dental, vision coverage, retirement, basic life and AD&D, supplemental life and long term disability options. The City provides twelve paid holidays, including 9/11 Day, plus vacation and sick leave.
Find the Current City Contract on the City Website. https://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/home/showpublisheddocument/24802/638061095953970000
Tumwater Fire Department - Firefighter Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)||
Yes, required as described below
A valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification is required by job offer date. If a candidate does not have a valid CPAT certification and receives a conditional offer, the City will pay the CPAT testing fee. CPAT certification is accepted from PST or another agency provider licensed by the IAFF/IAFC.
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Yes|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Defined with LEOFF Medical Standards.|
|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|
Tumwater 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.
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