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Valley Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter
Last updated on September 17, 2020
PST Partner Agency since December 17, 2012
VALLEY REGIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION PROCESS INFORMATION
2020 Entry Level Firefighter/EMT
Click the link to view the Recruitment Flyer and Examination Process
The Valley Regional Fire Authority has partnered with Public Safety Testing (PST) to conduct the initial testing of candidates which consists of a written test and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The written test and valid CPAT through Public Safety Testing must be completed by July 31, 2020 to complete the application process. The VFRA will consider the highest written test score completed within the eligible time-frame.
Your CPAT must be completed with Public Safety Testing to be valid as a component of the application process. CPAT certifications from other fire departments or testing centers will not be accepted.
Please visit the PST website at www.PublicSafetyTesting.com to complete your application online and select the testing date and/or location most convenient for you.
For consideration candidates must take the written exam at a scheduled PST administered testing location. The VRFA does not participate in the PST out-of-state testing process at this time. Public Safety Testing can provide additional information regarding the scoring process and the written and CPAT expiration dates for purposes of the testing process. For further information you can contact PST tollfree at 1-866-HIRE-911.
The written examination will be offered on a continual basis through Public Safety Testing. The written examination will determine the top group of candidates to move forward to the oral board panel interview. There will be a minimum passing score of 70% for the written test.
The VRFA currently accepts written test scores submitted from a scheduled PST administered testing location. The VRFA does not participate in the PST out-of-state testing process at this time.
To be considered for the first round of hiring in 2020, an applicant must pass the written examination component between August 15, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
The VRFA anticipates inviting approximately 75 candidates (subject to scheduling availability) who have completed the application process and have the highest written exam scores, plus any ties, to participate in the oral board panel interview process.
If an applicant declines the invitation to participate in the oral board panel interview process, and a vacant interview slot is created, the VRFA may invite the next candidate with the highest written exam score to participate.
If a candidate does not respond to the interview notification by the requested date, they will be withdrawn from the process.
Notifications will be made via email no later than August 3, 2020.
ORAL BOARD INTERVIEWS
The oral boards are scheduled for August 28 - September 4, 2020 and candidates invited to participate will be contacted directly via email to self-schedule online on a first come, first served basis.
There will be a 70% minimum passing score for the oral board panel interview. Final examination scores are comprised of the results of the applicant’s written exam (weighted 30%) and oral board panel interview (weighted 70%) and applicable veterans’ preference.
If you are claiming veterans’ preference in accordance with RCW 41.04.010, you must include the commission’s request form on our website https://www.vrfa.org/careers/ and a copy of your discharge document (DD214) at the time of your oral board panel interview.
Candidates will have their names placed on an eligibility list in rank order of final examination scores. The eligibility list will remain in effect for six (6) months and may be extended by the Civil Service Commission in six (6) month increments up to two (2) years in total duration.
If an eligibility list is exhausted or not extended by the Commission, the Chief Examiner may identify a group of candidates who have the next highest written examination scores. A new eligibility list would be established.
In anticipation of vacancies, please complete the Public Safety Testing Personal History Statement (PHS). The VRFA makes all hiring decisions after a pre-employment selection process which includes a background investigation, physical ability test, drug test, psychological and medical examination.
Offers of employment will be conditional upon successfully completing the pre-employment process. If the pre-employment background process is satisfactory, the candidate remains on the eligibility list; if not, the conditional offer may be withdrawn and the candidate is removed from the eligibility list.
When a vacancy occurs, the Civil Service Chief Examiner certifies to the VRFA Administrator the appropriate number of names from the eligibility list for consideration. The Commission observes a “Rule of Five” in certifying names. The Administrator may interview these individuals and the VRFA has the discretion to hire any of the individuals certified in accordance with the Civil Service Rules. Individuals hired serve a one (1) year probationary period.
The VRFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Thank you for your interest in the VRFA and the communities we serve.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN EMPLOYMENT WITH THE VALLEY REGIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY.
Please visit Valley Regional Fire Authority's Employment page for current information regarding vacancies at www.vrfa.org
Please click here to watch Valley Regional Fire Authority's recruitment video: https://www.vrfa.org/careers/
The Valley Regional Fire Authority offers a variety of classes and programs designed to increase level of safety. CPR and First Aid Classes, Fire Extinguisher, Fire Safety, Fire Evacuation, and Disaster Preparedness classes. Bike Helment Program, Car Seat Inspection Sites, Smoke Alarm Program, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), School Safety Programs, Blood Pressure Checks, Ride Alongs, Safe Place for Newborns, Station Tours, and Community Newsletter. Please visit www.vrfa.org for more information.
The Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) was officially established on January 1, 2007. The VRFA joins the existing resources from the Auburn and Pacific Fire Departments to provide fire services to the communities of Algona, Auburn and Pacific. The Valley Regional Fire Authority provides modern, progressive and professional services to approximately 80,000 citizens residing throughout the 34 square miles of Algona, Auburn and Pacific. The Valley Regional Fire Authority is comprised of 124 staff. It is expected that the VRFA will respond to over 10,500, 9-1-1 incidents yearly.
The Valley Regional Fire Authority provides the following high quality fire, rescue and EMS services:
• Fire Protection and Suppression
• Emergency Medical Aid
• Hazardous Materials Response
• Specialized Technical Rescue Services
• Fire and Life Safety Inspections
• Public Fire Safety and Prevention Education
• Fire Investigation Services
• Community CPR and First Aid Training
• Construction Fire Code Plan Review
• Community Relations and Events
• Disaster Preparedness and Education
Population: 80,000 citizens of Algona, Auburn, and Pacific
# of Staff:
*The Valley Regional Fire Authority is establishing an Entry Level Firefighter Eligibility List!*
The eligibility list is a continuous listing and is maintained as scores are received from Public Safety Testing with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled in accordance with the Civil Service "rule of five" with the top five (5) candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and a pre-employment selection process as vacancies occur.
Applicants must complete the PST written exam and CPAT by July 31, 2020 to complete the application process. A valid CPAT must be completed with PST to be valid as a component of the process
To be considered for the first round of hiring in 2020, an applicant must pass the written exam component between August 15, 2019 – July 31, 2020 to be eligible for the next round of interviews scheduled on August 28 - September 4, 2020.
Firefighter 4th Class Base Wage: $74,301.12 annually
Firefighter 1st Class Base Wage: $95,030.40 annually plus incentive pay
The Valley Regional Fire Authority offers a comprehensive benefit package that also includes supplemental benefit options!
The VRFA pays 100% of the cost for the employee and/or family premiums for medical, dental, orthodontia and vision insurance coverage. Firefighters participate in the LEOFF retirement pension program and also have deferred compensation options.
The VRFA also contributes to a Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) and Health Reimbursement Account (VEBA). Employees receive a $2,000/Employee only or $4,000/Family annual contribution into their VEBA Account based on medical insurance enrollment.
Thank you for your interest in the Valley Regional Fire Authority and the communities we serve!
Valley Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter Requirements
|Category||Requirement||Required at time of...|
|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||Not less than 21 years of age at time of application.|
|US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident||US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.|
|High School Grad/ GED||Yes|
|Driver's License Required||Possess a valid driver's license with no pending risk of loss.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult||No felony convictions, or released from prison within the last ten (10) years.|
|Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile||May not accept per VRFA Civil Service Rule 7.03.|
|Ability to Read & Write the English Language||Yes|
|Vision Requirements||Must be able to meet medical/physical requirements.|
|Multiple Scores from Same Applicant||We consider the highest score received within the past one year|
|Request/ Access Scores||
The written test and CPAT through Public Safety Testing must be completed by July 31, 2020 to be eligible for the next round of interviews scheduled for the week of August 28 - September 4, 2020.
More information can be found here: VRFA Recruitment Packet.
Valley Regional Fire Authority - 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.
Valley Regional Fire Authority - Firefighter
Auburn, WA 98002 King/Pierce County
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required. Our agency will only accept PST’s CPAT
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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FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
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